50 Affirmations for Gym Rats

Happy Sunday, my friends!

Are you living the gym rat lifestyle? Embracing the grind, pushing your limits, and striving for the best version of yourself is what being a gym rat is all about. As a gym rat, you know that maintaining discipline, overcoming challenges, and developing mental toughness are crucial to achieving your fitness goals. That’s why we’re here today to introduce you to an exclusive digital bundle that will revolutionize your gym rat experience and fuel your journey to success.

The gym rat lifestyle isn’t just about lifting weights and breaking a sweat; it’s about cultivating a mindset that embraces self-improvement, determination, and resilience. Gym rats know that achieving their goals requires consistency, focus, and unwavering commitment. It’s this dedication to the grind that makes gym rats an inspiration to others, showcasing the power of hard work and persistence.

To support your gym rat lifestyle and help you reach new heights, we’ve created an exclusive digital bundle that includes 50 powerful affirmations. These affirmations have been specifically designed to ignite your determination, boost your self-confidence, and reinforce your commitment to your fitness journey. By incorporating these affirmations into your daily routine, you’ll tap into your inner strength, overcome obstacles, and unleash the unstoppable force within you.

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  1. 50 expertly crafted affirmations that cater to the gym rat mindset and cover a range of topics, including mental toughness, discipline, self-confidence, and goal-setting.
  2. High-quality MP3 audio recordings of all 50 affirmations, narrated with conviction and passion to create an immersive and energizing experience. These recordings are perfect for listening to during your workouts, on your way to the gym, or anytime you need a surge of motivation and positivity.
  3. A beautifully formatted Word document listing all 50 affirmations, which can be easily printed or displayed on your devices for convenient access and reference.

By investing in this exclusive digital bundle, you’re not just investing in a set of affirmations; you’re investing in yourself and your gym rat lifestyle. This comprehensive motivational resource is designed to help you develop unshakable mental toughness, cultivate a growth mindset, and embrace new challenges. As a result, you’ll transform your body and mind through consistent, focused effort, and inspire others with your dedication and hard work.


We understand that being a gym rat isn’t just a hobby; it’s a way of life. And with this exclusive digital bundle, you’ll have the tools and resources you need to continue pushing your limits, conquering your goals, and embodying the true spirit of a gym rat. So why wait? Elevate your fitness journey and become the ultimate gym rat with our powerful collection of affirmations.

Stay strong! Ray

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Questioning Everything Versus Rejectionism

Our thinking, even in the various so-called truth movements, isn’t clear and it certainly isn’t leading us to wisdom. Here’s why, in my view.

People come to question reality and mainstream narratives for many different reasons. The first time most people encounter this impulse is sometime in their teens to mid 20s. They start getting some autonomy, they look around and observe the state of the world, and they rightly conclude this is a bunch of BS.

Their predictable and patterned response to this is to engage in some level of non-conformity. It’s the starter mindset of anyone who encounters the paradoxes and hypocrisies of human civilization.

It’s a clumsy, crude first attempt to respond to the the unthinking conformity they see displayed by their parents and societal institutions. The simple answer, they conclude, is just reject whatever they do, think, or say.

Sociologically, this right of passage is almost necessary for an advanced civilization. If new generations never questioned the old, you’d quickly have a stagnant and eventually a failed civilization.

After a few years of this, many go one of three directions.

  1. Join the Crowd – This group begins to invest their selfhood in some version of the popular culture, they forget their rebellious ways, and they join what they used to call the unthinking conformist masses.
  2. Reform the Status Quo – This group begins to recognize that blanket non-conformity is as pointless and really as conformist as the unthinking conformity they rejected. They begin to nuance their rejection and live in a world where they believe, working around the edges, they can improve the status quo by infusing with some different thinking.
  3. Question Everything – This group sees the system, as it exists, as beyond redemption. They believe there must a fundamental awakening or destruction and a reset to fix things. They believe anything the institutions or the mainstream is pushing is probably related to some agenda – profit, power, etc. – and should be roundly questioned at every step. They view people – the other two groups – as “asleep” or even as “sheep” just buying whatever they’re told. This group is not right or left. It’s not really homogenous at all. It’s an array of people who have been brought to this point of view by a major event that lacks transparency or long-term demonstrable mainstream lie the other two groups refuse to question.

It’s this last group I want to talk about. It’s the group I have mostly fit into for my adult life and really even going back to my childhood. I never quite saw things in the cookie-cutter, us vs. them ways of thinking the mainstream culture tends to push.

However, I believe this group can be divided into two distinct strains. I’ll call the first the Question Everything group and the second the Rejectionist group. So, what’s the difference.

Both groups start from the same place. They both believe that pretty much everything coming from the mainstream is false, tainted, tilted in a way distorts reality and should be summarily questioned.

To me, legitimate science actually falls into the Question Everything group. A good scientist is one that does question everything and puts it to the test before accepting it. Where most science diverges from the rest of this group is in what conclusions are possible. Science wants to stay with the physical, the provable to establish what’s true.

Most other Question Everything types are willing to go to the unconventional, non-physical. Often they are driven my a personal experience or experiences that are unexplainable by conventional means.

The very episode of The X-Files beautifully drew this distinction between Mulder and Sculley at their first meeting.

What both the scientific and non-scientific Question Everything people have in common is they are not necessarily dogmatic in their conclusions. They continue to follow the changes in the facts and they adapt their positions based on those facts.

They don’t leave or lose their Question Everything framework, but they adapt to the changing facts.

The Rejectionist group is somewhat different. They also start from the Question Everything perspective. However, they have largely decided from the start that their questions will lead the conclusion that truly backs this ideology – that anything and everything “THEY” “THE SYSTEM” “THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA” “THE SHEEP” say, think, or do is based on a lie and they are too smart to fall for it.

It’s really kind of a hodgepodge mindset that combines Question Everything with that that juvenile non-conformity stripe. It’s a mindset that feeds on itself. Never, ever trusting anyone or anything is a lonely place to live.

Eventually, even those you hold up as heroes of your cause fall, because the end-game of this path is that no one really knows or understands this stuff like you do. There’s only one way to see these topics and the moment you don’t, you’re in league with “THEM.”

It’s angry. It’s paranoid. It’s fearful. It gives people that big psychological enemy to see as mystically controlling every turn and leading us to disaster.

After 9/11, I teetered in this world off and on for much of the next 10 years. It’s seductive to think that you and your group alone know things that all those other people out there are just too blind to see.

My grounding that kept me from falling in and drowning in was I’d spent previously spent a couple decades studying personal development and spiritual traditions from around the world.

My goal is exposing myself to this information was to glean data I could use to strive for greater enlightenment, freedom, and wisdom. My ultimate goal has always been to help people see how they absolutely are manipulated constantly so they can free themselves and we can create the human civilization we are capable of and deserve.

There came a point, though, where I could not square all the negativity this mindset generates with humanity’s highest aspirations. The mindsets it produces are not really conducive to personal development or the betterment of a civilization.

Now, none of this is to say there aren’t legitimately powerful interests on this planet working towards ends that don’t serve ordinary people. There absolutely are. Some call that a conspiracy theory. The facts are there.

Facts change, but the Rejectionist sees every new fact through the prism of “they’re lying to me” “they’re cheating me.” Therefore, new facts never really change the dynamic.

Question Everything people adjust with the facts. They still usually see a very different set of facts than the two groups above, but they are willing to adapt as new information becomes available. They put everything through their “trust but verify” prism.

You’ll find both these groups in the UFO community, paranormal communities, right and left-wing political communities. They often get caught up niche topics like 9/11 or this current vaccine because they are questioning things most people won’t.

The Question Everything person, especially the non-scientific variety, is wiling to delve into “out there” topics, evaluate the evidence, and reach a conclusion. They still wind up holding many non-mainstream views after that process.

My evaluation and experience long ago concluded UFOs were real. I didn’t need the Pentagon or a scientist to confirm this for me.

The Rejectionist tends to see everything, literally everything, as a ploy a powerful hand to manipulate them.

It’s not surprising that this mistrustful attitude spills over into the way these folks see the world and humanity. You will often easily recognize them because they are the ones who will immediately tell you humanity is crap and that the world is headed for a dumpster fire. What other conclusion could they reach but that one, given their mindset?

My interest in any knowledge mainstream or non-mainstream is to reach some semblance of truth and wisdom that can be used as a foundation to build a better human civilization on this planet and beyond.

That will involve transparency, trust, collaboration, and the belief we are capable of doing that. The Rejectionist cannot get there. They see only pending doom because so many people just won’t see how bad it truly is.

Here’s my challenge to you, if you recognize yourself in the Rejectionist profile I’m describing. Question everything including your belief that nothing good is possible in the future. Question everything including that every word that doesn’t square with this worldview must be from someone who has “sold out” or is uninformed.

Wisdom is about balance. It’s about accepting good information from any source including those you disagree with and rejecting bad information any source including those you like.

It’s one thing to know a lot of things that all those other people out there don’t know, and many Rejectionists definitely. Your decision has to be whether you will transform that knowledge into something that build’s humanity’s future or contributes, through the power of collective minds, to lead it toward destruction?

Wishing anyone reading this peace, joy, and wisdom!


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Famous Roswell Photo

Major Jesse Marcel, Sr. – that moment when you know the whole world just changed and your boss sends you out to sell the weather balloon story.

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Labyrinth Walking

Labyrinth Walking

Labyrinth Walking

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John Dobson: The Sidewalk Astronomer

john_dobsonMy first encounter with John Dobson came in 1991 when he was featured on the PBS documentary series – The Astronomers.

A few years later, I became very good friends with the past president of the Kansas City Astronomical Society and was fortunate enough to use his 20-inch Dobsonian many times. You haven’t seen the moon until you see it through a telescope like that.

Who was John Dobson and what are some of the words he left behind about space, astronomy, and life that still inspire me?

John Dobson’s (1915-2014) story is compelling. He was an American born in Beijing, China. His mother was a musician and his father taught zoology at Peking University. His maternal grandfather had founded the University.

In 1927, the Dobson family relocated to San Francisco. Young John was a self-described belligerent atheist. Dobson graduated from UC Berkley with a degree in Chemistry and went to work on The Atom Bomb project during World War II.

In 1944, a lecture shifted the direction of Dobson’s young life. He heard a Vedantan swami speak. He later said the swami, “Revealed a world I had never before seen.” Soon joined a Vendantan monastery where he spent the next 23 years.

His primary task was to square modern astronomy with Vedantan teachings. In pursuit of this goal, he started building telescopes and going out into the local community to share stargazing opportunities. He quickly found a calling to spread astronomy to the masses.

By 1968, he helped found San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers. He’d literally set up a telescope in busy city locations and let people look at what could be seen within a city – mostly the sun, moon, and the planets. Eventually, his desire to bring astronomy to more people led him to create the Dobsonian Telescope. These were large telescopes that could help amateur astronomers see into deep space. However, they could be made relatively cheaply from readily available materials. This revolutionized amateur astronomy.

He realized that he needed to find dark skies and crowds to take his endeavor to the next level. He began touring national parks, doing presentations and allowing people view the universe. He called these “star parties” and the label stuck. Today there are star parties all over the US and the world.

Dobson was brilliant and a character. He entertained his audiences and made astronomy fun. His scientific background allowed him to hob-knob with professional physicists and astronomers and to develop his own theories. By the end of his life, he’d rejected the Big Bang Theory as an explanation of creation.

Below are some quotes I gathered from various talks and TV appearances he made over the years. I think they really bring this amazing man back to life for all of us.

  • Everybody is born curious. Everybody wants to see this universe. Everybody wants to understand this universe. They’re just waiting for someone to present it to them. Everybody wants to understand this thing in his guts.
  • If there were a million amateur astronomers with telescopes and they were willing to let a few thousand people each look through their telescopes, there would be a chance for all the people in this world who wanted to see to see.
  • The fact is that the parks already have the best seeing conditions. If we’re going to get the telescopes to where the public is associated with the best seeing conditions, we have to do it in the national parks.
  • There’s something inside you that drives you to understand this universe. It’s not something you have to think about.
  • Why is the universe like this? Why isn’t it some other way? Why isn’t the universe made out of butter? Why does it have to be made of these little tiny things that you can’t cut up any further?
  • I used to wheel that telescope around the streets. Some kid would say, ‘What’s that?’ I’d say, ‘It’s a telescope. Do you want to borrow it?’ Well of course he wants to borrow it.
  • The universe is made of three ingredients- hydrogen and helium and the dust of exploded stars. The earth is made from the dust of exploded stars.
  • The reason I got into this telescope-making world is because I wanted to make it possible for people to see this world. That’s why we made these user-friendly telescopes. They’re not designed to entertain photographic plates. They’re for entertaining soft, warm eyes because seeing things in photographs is very different thing from seeing them with your eyes through a telescope.
  • The population of this earth is several billion. All those eyes are waiting to see. All those ears are waiting to hear. All those minds are eager to understand. And somebody’s got this job to do.
  • I want people to see the universe because if they don’t see it they won’t wonder about it; then they’re dead. What’s the use of someone who doesn’t wonder? It’s the hallmark of our species.
  • When I joined the monastery, I was working in the atom bomb project in the Second World War. I was working for the University of California in the radiation lab. In the monastery, I became keenly tied up in these cosmological problems. So, I wanted to see what the universe looked like. So, I helped somebody make a telescope. Through that telescope, we saw the third quarter moon. As soon as I saw that third quarter moon, it looked as if we were coming in for a landing, I couldn’t believe that the moon would look like that. I thought my God, I mean inside of me, it said everyone has got to see this.
  • Somebody sticks around when he feels that he has something to do. You know, old people that don’t feel like they have something to do and their friends don’t love them anymore; they die fast. People who have something to do and friends they care about; they don’t die out like that. I’m one of those guys.
  • I like to make fun of the Big Bang. I’m allergic to the Big Bang. The Big Bang people wanted to get everything out of nothing. They want us to believe that nothing made everything out of nothing.
  • It’s impossible to get everything out of nothing. Even if you did get everything out of nothing, you still have the difficulty that it’s in a black hole.
  • The Big Bang is impossibility cubed.
  • There are a lot of people who like to invent harder ways to do things. I let them do it.
  • If information comes in answer to a question, we have some use for it. If it doesn’t answer a question , we have another ear to let it out.
  • All the elements in the universe ate made of protons, neutrons, and electrons. It’s made out of electricity. Don’t you see how screwy it is? The thing (universe) is made out of electricity.
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UFO Cover Up EST. 1947 T-shirt Has Arrived!

My #UFO Cover Up, EST. 1947 shirt arrived from #Teespring today! What do you think?

You can order your own here.

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Our Visit to Beautiful Walden Pond — The Affirmation Spot Blog

April and I have lived in Massachusetts for almost four years. As our time here draws to a close, we’re trying mark things off our places to visit list. We’ve been wanting to hike around Walden Pond (yes, that Walden Pond) since we arrived. I hiked part of it alone a couple years ago, but […]

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Anunnaki Awakening 2 (Revolution) Update

One of the challenges I’ve assumed in writing the second book in the series is characters of two of history’s most revered spiritual figures. It has been my contention for some time that both Jesus and Buddha – though not only them – were both vehicles used to reveal the great deception my series tackles.

Although I’m not to the beta-reader stage yet, I’ve approached characterizing these two figures with some trepidation. Though I’ve studied both their teachings for decades, the idea of actually putting new words in their mouths is interesting to put it mildly.

We live in a world where many people are not open to dialogue about these teachers, their significance, or its impact on humanity. Though I plan to paint them both in a heroic light, I recast them as agents of change seeking to awaken a deceived and sleeping humanity.

Not to give too much away, but my two main characters – Maria Love and Inanna – wind up playing key roles in the lives of these great teachers. In each case, Maria is given a commission to change history’s perception of them and their teachings, as they are aware the deception have used them to obscure the truth rather than to illuminate it.

I remember Dan Brown once being asked in an interview whether he ever regretted writing The Da Vinci Code, given the chaos and threats he faced after its release. He admitted there were days he had regretted it.

Anunnaki Awakening 2 (Revolution) is not meant to attack anyone’s beliefs, but it will challenge the paradigms about these two teachers by believers and skeptics alike.

Happy writing, my friends!


Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation is available on Amazon or can be ordered by your local bookstore. Anunnaki Awakening 2 (Revolution) is in work now with a target release date of January 2020.

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The Ironic Tale of Censoring a Book About Censorship (Fahrenheit 451)

The Ironic Tale of Censoring a Book About Censorship (Fahrenheit 451)

The Ironic Tale of Censoring a Book About Censorship (Fahrenheit 451)
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