Being Amazing

What Do Dreams About Snakes Mean?

What do dreams about snakes mean? Snakes are the most common animal in our dreams, so they have a lot of meaning. But what do dreams about snakes mean? Snakes represent both sides of existence, they can mean death if they bit you, but they can also mean life as they contain the anti-venom to their bit. A snake gave Adam and Eve fruit from the tree of knowledge, so snakes also bring knowledge.

Script:

Good morning dreamers.

Today I want to talk about dreams about snakes.

Stick to the end and ill tell you how to interpret your snake dreams.

Is this a dream now? Let’s do a reality check.

The interesting thing about mythology is that it is sort of a link between the past and our dreams. Myth is essentially a made-up story that tries to explain things, but isn’t that what our dreams are doing? And how do we know they are made up, if we take the perspective of a dream, nothing about myth is too crazy… Anything is possible in a dream.

The Mythology of dreams about snakes:

Snakes Represent the dual expression of good and evil.

Fertility and renewal in nature, it is a creative force, it leads to transformation with the shedding of its skin.

Snakes can guard treasures and secret places.

Snakes can represent both sides of medicine, the poison if they bite, or the cure as they contain the anti-venom.

Asclepius (a-sclep-e-us), who was the Greek hero and god of medicine… he had the staff with the snake.

Nowadays, the symbol of medicine is a staff with a snake wrapped around it.

Bible: Salvation and eternal life -> John 3.14-21

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 

Evolution: Early primates would have been afraid and needed to be careful around snakes; they would need to fight or flight. So, a snake can represent death and danger.

Dreams about Snakes means:

Dreams about snakes are the most common dream animal, they are both positive and negative, but it all comes down to your own life, your own life experiences, and your own culture.

In Canada, snakes are not very common, but in other parts of the world, they are.

Bitten by a snake: toxic person or thing in your life, you could feel trapped or paralyzed.

Growth or renew: Change of life, or renew, snake sheds its skin, so that could mean something for your life.

Fear: Snakes hide in the grass, they can be unpredictable and unknown; thus they can suggest fear of the unknown or the unseen.

Hidden threats or warnings: for the same reasons as fear, snakes hide in the grass; you can’t see they are around, so you can’t always prepare. This could also mean it is below the surface. A small snake may mean you are underestimating a risk. Killing a snake may mean you have overcome or resolved an issue.

Subconscious: again hidden below the surface, could be a symbol of your subconscious trying to tell you something or convey a message. Generally, the subconscious uses snakes to suggest difficult situations.

Sexual temptation or hidden desires: this is a Freudian idea, but snakes are phallic, so depending on how they are seen, or what they do, the meaning can change. Not everything is about sex.

Callous person, rough skin: could be a warning about a person, not to trust them, if the snake becomes a person, that is who the warning is about.

Snake attack: If you are attacked by a snake, it could mean you are undergoing some inner turmoil.

Transformation: snakes shed their skin, so they represent change or transformation. If you feel a positive feeling afterwards, then you might be transforming. You feel bad, you might not want to change.

Healing: poisonous snakes hold the antidote / anti-venom this leads to recovery and protection.

Creativity and potential: If you are looking for a favourable interpretation, a snake can represent new wisdom or the seeking knowledge.

Carl Jung (Young) “The commonest dream symbol of transcendence is the snake”

Transcendence means beyond existence or experience of the normal or physical level. Most likely, this comes from the medical symbolism we talked about before. Which comes from Asclepius (a-sclep-e-us), who was the Greek hero and god of medicine… he had the staff with the snake.

Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life

They are then also a meditation between heaven and earth, life and death, without medicine, we die, with medicine we live.

Jung also said, “When life gets serious, we need to pay attention, [so] dreams about snakes are a chance to change!”

What Do Dreams about snakes mean to You:

How do you make sense about a snake in your dream? You need to first get past the initial fear because there is likely a meaning beyond that.

Snakes are complex and multi-layered, so they often don’t mean what we think they do.

Base it off of your own experience, what do snakes mean to you while you are awake? What do they mean in your culture?

Close:

In a world that doesn’t make sense, it is important to ask ‘Is this a dream?’

Click that like button, leave a comment and subscribe if you want to learn more about dreams.

Thanks for watching and sweet dreams.

Dreams about snakes mean

The Real Injustice?

I walked past this ad and had lots of thoughts. These are those thoughts. Advertisements aren’t the solution, they are the problem!

Your identity is being taken away by forcing you to see it as something you can buy. You don’t buy your identity, you live it, you are it. The goal of ads isn’t to represent you, it is to take away something from you. An ad’s goal is to make you feel empty. Ads exist to make us feel like we can fill in something that is missing, with something that can be bought, but what we are missing isn’t something that we can buy.

Be Amazing! Learn A Language

https://youtu.be/v5h8xNIZbww

Learning a new language is one of the most amazing things you can do, this is because it is one of the most serious challenges you can put yourself through. I’ve been working on Japanese on and off for a few years, it is a lot of work, but being able to speak in another language feels amazing!

Be Amazing, Keep a Journal

https://youtu.be/l9Y3jZrxKgg

For most of my life, I’ve kept a journal. I can say, by far it is one of the best ways to keep me sane in times of turmoil. A journal is a great way to get your thoughts out, that helps you deal with the things that are bothering you and gets them out of your head.

Learn Every Day, Be Amazing!

Everyone knows the saying, “Knowledge is power.” The more you know, the more you can do, and the better you will be at solving problems. Knowledge also helps us come up with better solutions when we need them. The more you know, the safer you are — which is to say, you know the risks and can avoid them.

Knowledge also has many benefits, so why wouldn’t you want to learn every day? When you are learning and getting better, you know you are still alive.

Have you ever considered how much knowledge it takes to know enough about a topic? What about how much information it takes to have a conversation? For perspective, consider the knowledge you get from reading. If you read a Wikipedia article, you know more than most people. If you read a book, you may know more than 90% of people. These numbers are obviously made up, but a little bit of data goes a long way.

Read Books, Be Amazing!

Reading is amazing, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Reading is a great habit that will help you build knowledge and help you become a more amazing person.

To start, reading introduces you to new ideas and different ways of thinking and living. Reading teaches you about stories and narratives and provides hours of cheap or free entertainment.

Reading also teaches you about the different ways that people think. Books also show you there are more than two sides to any story.

Before we dive in too deep, let’s be clear about what I mean by “reading”. With some exceptions including myself, 20 years ago, reading is something almost everyone can do. For context, up to grade 7, I couldn’t read at all, due to a learning disability. There are people who have a reason for not reading. These include blind people and people with learning disabilities, but they are a minority rather than the majority.

I have a friend who tells me he can’t read, but when we talk about it, he is a slower reader. But even that isn’t true, instead, he would rather watch videos on YouTube over read a book. So his problem has nothing to do with reading.

Reading Is Accessible

Because reading is generally accessible, it is something you can do right now. And with all the technologies available like eReaders or PDF’s on your cell phone. This means there are so many different ways to consume books.
Audiobooks are great for passive consumption. You can sit back or do almost anything else while listening to a book. eReaders are a game-changer; because they let you carry more books, for less money than ever before.

The problem with some of these technologies is that they are changing the way we consume books. I would argue this change is for the worse as digital formats corrupt the way we consume content.

Listening to audio or reading from a screen is more passive and less engaging, so we get less from the books, though we might read more books. “Passive” may not be the right word, but studies have suggested we are getting less out of the digital text.

When I think of “read books”, I think of reading physical books. Physical books are a superior technology because they don’t need electricity or internet access. They also don’t need a significant financial investment, as they can be bought used for pennies on the dollar. On top of this, it is easy to lend a physical book, but not so much with a digital one.

Sure, books use paper, and that means trees are cut down. But that is better than using electronic devices built with rare metals and shipped across oceans. Physical books also avoid exploited labour in Third World countries. To confirm this, I’ve checked three random paper books; and they were all printed in North America.

Physical books are smell great and generally affordable. You don’t need anything more than a book and some light to read, so you can read anywhere without much issue. Even better, during the day, you only need a place to sit.

Enjoying a book with a nice cup of coffee is a great way to spend an afternoon and dive into insights. And real books are fantastic because you can hold them, smell them, flip through them, and see your progress.
I prefer award-winning books and obscure classics. You could say these books are general ignored by the masses. Yet these books tend to find me, rather than the other way around.

I loved Reading This Book!

One of the best books I’ve ever read was Season of Migration to the North by the Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih. I discovered this book by chance while riding home on the train. Someone was reading it, and the cover looked interesting, not the same cover as my copy.

Reading the Wikipedia article made it sound like a great choice, so as soon as I got home, I ordered it online. It was only available on Amazon, as its obscurity meant my local bookstores didn’t carry it.

Once you get into reading, you will get a sense of the kinds of books you like. After that, you will start discovering them. In truth, opening your mind to reading seems to bring all sorts of books your way.

In my own opinion, fiction is way better at convincing us of new ideas then textbooks. With novels, we aren’t as critical, so we accept the ideas in them easily. Fiction is also good at showing us different ways of living. In a way, you get knowledge without having to deal with facts and rationality. A weird thing to say, I know, but more valuable than you’d expect.

Fiction helps you learn about the world and the people in it. A book may not appear to be about the author or their culture. But, a book, even science fiction, is a representation of the people and culture of the time it was written. Books are time capsules that don’t need to be dug out of the ground.

Reading Books And Narrative

Narrative is also a crucial factor in fiction. Storytelling has been with humanity for as long as we have been able to speak, so it is part of our nature. Stories teach us in this different way and they engage us deeply without our realization. Narrative is what separates a story from plainly stated facts, so it is necessary.

Short stories are also great, as they take less time to read and get to the point quicker. They also tend to be more engaging, as their brevity makes finishing them more achievable. You can also get through short stories quicker. This means you will gain momentum and want to move on to something new afterwards.

Getting through books quicker helps you get through more books in total. In a way, the motivation you get from completing a book in a short period of time is often enough to get you into another book. For this reason, short stories are great because they are clear, concise, and easier to read.

Books also give you something to talk about. Once you’ve read a few books, you’ll be able to pass on what you’ve learnt. You’ll also have new ideas and topics to bring up in conversation. For myself, when I was younger, dates were often interested in talking about books and reading lists.

If you always have a book on the go, then you can easily take 15 minutes to pick it up and read a little. If you keep doing that for a few weeks, you will be surprised to see how many books you can get through. Think about how much time you waste on your phone, that time would be better spent reading a book instead.

Be amazing, read books!

Subway Thoughts

Script:

Welcome to the clown world, this isn’t crypto-fascism!

This is the world as it stands, an insane joke that keeps on happening.

Don’t listen to the noise, it is there to get you looking outside of what you already know to be the truth.

Try not to deceive, because that is the name of the shame.

No matter how the world turns continue to play a fair game.

Say what is going on, tell people what is up, banish all the lies that try to fill us up.

Can you believe what you see with your very own eyes?

It is hard to say, but either way, for what it’s worth, this is the way things have come to define our worth.

Outflow the words, inflow the thoughts. But this isn’t about oughts, but thoughts are a type of ought, so we ought to take ourselves serious and tell the world what we know.

But what is it all about, to shout and telling the truth!

Think For Yourself

Script:

Over the last few days, a couple of interesting things have happened. These events have got me thinking that many people don’t think for themselves, rather they think like other people. But it isn’t even thinking. Instead, they are taking other peoples ready-made ideas.

Before telling these stories, I’d like to say I’m not usually this confrontational. No doubt, I am a contrarian, but I’m not a troll or trouble maker.

To start, a couple of friends were talking about Shopify. Shopify is one of the biggest online store website builders. You pay some money, and they help you set up a website where you can sell you stuff.

While on the topic, someone said, “There was this thing about how Breitbart was using Shopify. People wanted the store shut down. But the CEO of Spotify said, ‘freedom of speech’ and did nothing about it.”

I replied, “That’s great, at least someone is standing up to this BS censorship.”

After saying that, they looked at me like I was crazy and some kind of alt-right nut job. Sensing the tension, I asked, “Have you ever read Breitbart?” The response was silence; they hadn’t been to the site before. But they knew it was bad because someone on the internet said so.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying Breitbart is a good source of news or anything like that. I’ve looked at it at some point in the past, but its, not something I read or care about.

Some people will disagree and believe we should police the internet and ideas. But instead, I’d suggest that if you don’t like something, you shouldn’t read it, consume it or give it money.

I know this could become a slippery slope, so let me say that there are things that could be censored, but Breitbart isn’t one of them. If anything it’s stupid, but there is plenty of stupid on the internet.

That said, it isn’t up to me to decide what is good for someone else. But surely, conservative opinions or ideas I disagree with shouldn’t be censored just because.

In another conversation with a family member, we were talking about the situation in Hong Kong. He was saying he read something that said the USA was involved.

I asked him if he thought that was true, he said: “I didn’t think so, because it came from an alt-right website.” I asked, “How did you know it was an alt-right website?” He didn’t have an answer.

No doubt, Hong Kong is a complicated situation, so knowing the truth of that matter is difficult. But does information from an alternative source make that opinion wrong?

Let me hypothesize a little. I suspect that he wasn’t on an alt-right website at all. Instead, it was alternative news. I say this because as we talked, he said, “The USA thing couldn’t be true because I couldn’t find it on the mainstream news.”

This statement is controversial, but it does get to the heart of the issue. People are more willing to accept the idea if it comes from sources they think they should trust like The New York Times, CNN, or the BBC.

These are good sources, as they are very popular and well respected. At the same time, they aren’t always at the cutting edge of ideas, and they have their own biases.

I don’t want to dive into the bias thing, as there are lots of topics that the media won’t or can’t touch for whatever reason. So, when we rely on The New York Times or the BBC for our ideas, there is always a limit on what they are willing to cover.

This brings up the Overton window, which is the range of topics that are acceptable to talk about. Things outside the Overton window, tend to make people upset, so we don’t often hear about them.

On the other side of the coin, the alternative media tends to ignore the Overton window. This means that it is not as limited in what it can cover. Some people may say the information covered in the alternative media is extreme, but I don’t think that is completely true.

My point is that the Overton window sets what people can talk about, but it also limits what people can talk about. In a way, it prevents conversations about topics outside of what is normal.
But in some ways, it could be suggested that those are the things that matter.

In our current political climate, it seems that ideas outside the Overton window are often labelled as fake news. The thing is, this isn’t the case, as there are lots of valid opinions, ideas, and observations that you won’t find in the New York Times.

I was talking to another acquaintance, on the topic of Paw Patrol came up. They said, “From what I’ve read, it is sexist.” I asked, “Have you ever watched it before?” The answer was no.

This is interesting because the type of person who would have a problem with Paw Patrol wouldn’t be your average viewer. They’d likely be some kind of critic on social issues.

Admittedly, of the five main pups, only one is a girl, but I’m not sure they are boys or girls, because they are cartoon dogs. To this point, the humans in the show are obvious in their genders, but they are also a diverse group in general.

In the past, I’ve had similar conversations about Jordon Peterson. Most people tell me he is bad and dangerous, while others have more neutral opinions. But almost always, when someone has a strong negative opinion, they have not seen the source.

Instead, they have almost always read someone else’s opinion. My first response is almost always, “You should watch some of his videos and see what you think.”

The people I’ve had these interactions with are all well educated, and generally successful people. Very few of them think for themselves about things they seemingly had strong opinions about.

In all these cases, the people relied on the options of others rather than going to the source themselves.

I’m not saying you can’t or shouldn’t trust ‘reliable’ sources. Rather, I’m suggesting we should be open to seeing things for ourselves rather than jumping to conclusions.

Surely some ideas are bad, but if you’ve not heard those ideas than you don’t know how bad or good they are. I’m not saying you should seek out bad ideas, rather if you aren’t interested in ideas, then ignore it. But if you are serious about a topic, then you need to look at the good and bad, you can’t just ignore half of the argument.

I realize the ‘alt-right’ is controversial and Jordan Peterson is sometimes labelled a member. But he isn’t alt-right at all, he is just conservative.

That said, Conservatism isn’t necessarily bad, surely a wide range of perspectives is the best approach to any question. That said, we shouldn’t disregarding ideas simply because of the label someone else has put on it. It is our responsibility to decide for ourselves.

There are a lot of opinions these days, and just as many people telling us what to think. On top of this, the Overton window seems to be narrowing.

This means the range of topics we can talk about seems to be getting smaller. That said, we can learn to combat this problem by being careful not to judge too quickly. Instead of jumping to conclusions based on someone else’s label, dig deeper and think for yourself.

The truth is, it is better to decide for ourselves what we like and ignore the rest. From that position, we can let other people do the same thing.

In the long run, it isn’t a good idea to be ok with banning ideas we dislike. Because the tides may turn one day and our opinions may be the ones that people ban.

The best way to protect yourself against narrow minds and the limits on acceptable ideas is to think for ourselves.

You are always the best judge of what is a good idea for you. So you are also the best judge of what you should avoid and seek out.

Think for yourself and fight against the urge to let other people decide what you should think.

Only you know what is best for yourself.

What Would You Do?

Script

The other day I was talking to one of my coworkers about work. In particular, I asked him what he would do if he didn’t have to work.
His first response was to say that he loved his job; he likes doing it and didn’t even think of what he would do otherwise. Then he said, he like worked, because it was challenging and satisfying and a whole pile of other things.

When I pushed him a little more, “what would you do if you didn’t have to work?” He thought a while then said he didn’t know. Then he told me about how his father retired at 50. Now he spent his life in vacation mode and no longer challenging himself.

The next day, we met again and talked about some other things. Later in the conversation, I brought up the question, “what would you do?” This time he was more honest. He said, “You know, I thought about the question last night, and I couldn’t think of anything.” I tried to comfort him by saying, “You only spent a few minutes thinking about it.”

Whenever I talk about this issue with people, they talk about how good their job is or say they like their position. It is almost like talking about ‘work’ somehow always gets confused with ‘this job.’

For context, my current job is the best job I have ever had. It is very understanding of work-life balance, which is excellent when it comes to picking up my daughter. On top of that, they give more vacation time than most jobs, and the salary is ok. You could say that the work is meaningful, as the organization’s role is to educate and inform the public.

But the problem isn’t the job; the challenge is the idea of work indefinitely. Even the best job takes up most of your time and more or less determines what you can think.

But this isn’t new for jobs, most of our lives we’re told what to think and do. From when we start going to school, to the day we retire, most of our choices are confined by our circumstances. If you aren’t independently wealthy or homeless, then you pretty much have to work. We have little choice about work, yet it is a massive part of our lives.

Once again, this isn’t about a specific job; it is more about the obligations of life in general. While going to school, we taught how to think, then we go to work and we again are told how to think.

This is what it is about; it is tough for us to think on our own, or think about what we want. So much of our lives are about being told how to live and what to do. The real challenge these days would be coming up with some ideas of our own.

Even more, we should strive to figure out what we want for ourselves. We don’t have to stick to what we have been told to want.

Yesterday it was pouring, so I had no choice but to walk in the Path. The Path is an underground set of shops and pathways under the downtown of the city.

When I go down there, I feel like I am in a world of false expectations. It is a definition of success and least in the middle glass business suit way.

It feels like an ideal of the ‘right thing’ to do. It isn’t so much my definition of success, but it would be the general societal definition of success.

It is also an artificially manufactured place, rather than the nature of outside. Put another way, being outside walking, in the city along the same route feels open and free.

It is about putting things in life that are choices, rather than only living the requirements of existence. For me, that is about creating videos like this one, writing books and creating other content.

For you, it will be something different, though it could be the same. In general, we need to take the time to think and reflect on what we want in our lives. It is easy to sit on the sidelines of life and say, “I want a good job, and house, a pension… etc.”

But is that what you want? Or is that what you think you are supposed to want. By no means, am I saying those are bad things to want, security and a place to live are of supreme importance?

At the same time, if we focus too narrowly on the things we are supposed to want, we limit ourselves to finding what we want.

In some ways, that is what life is all about. Finding what we want and trying to get it. We should be careful not to get stuck in the traps and expectations set for us. Instead, we should focus on finding what we want.
But first we need to figure out what we want, and if you are anything like my coworker than that is going to take some time. But once you have an idea, the world is your oyster. From there, you can figure out how to get where you want to go.

So before you get worried about the limits of your life or the ways, you have been trained. Remember, you always have a choice.

The is especially true when it comes to thinking for yourself about what you want to do.

But then again, it seems like the real question is, what would you do?
I want to live a life where I create and live a comfortable life with the belief that I have a positive future ahead.

The second part is universal, but the first part isn’t, that part is up to you.
But first, you must realize you have a choice, then come up with an answer. If you don’t know where you are going, you won’t know how to get there.

How To Be Amazing! A Manifesto – The Book


A few years ago, before I wrote this book, some of my friends said I was being too pessimistic. I begged to differ, but rather than being pessimistic, I decided to write a book about all the positive things I could think of. This book is that list, but by no means is it complete, this is only the start.

In many ways, this book is about the search for meaning. It is easy to get caught up in everything that is going on in our lives. But in a way, that takes away our sense of meaning and makes life feel purposeless. It isn’t so much that our lives have changed, but the world around us has. With social media and news, the world moves faster than ever before. There are so many distractions. To combat this existential crisis, I’ve come up with 42 ways to create a more meaningful life.

Some of these ideas are serious, while others like drinking coffee or showering at night are something different. Some are old, like setting a good example and starting a family. There are ideas about good habits, including reading books and keeping a journal. The purpose of this book is to help you fill your life with more meaning. If you are already living a meaningful life, then you are in luck, because this book can help you find meaning in what you are already doing.

The target audience, is young urban-dwelling people, as it contains conversations about getting started on your own. But even if you are older, you will still find insights in this book. In truth, How To Be Amazing! A Manifesto is for anyone who feels like modern life is missing something and wishes to make it better.

From The Back Cover

Daily, we are bombarded with advertisements, news, and social media diatribes. We’re encouraged to consume and pushed to distraction—all at the expense of thinking for ourselves. Our constant need for external validation has led us to compromise our values and allowed us to stagnate as individuals.

But, how much progress could we make if we set goals, stopped procrastinating, and finished what we started? What could we accomplish if we reclaimed the importance of introspection and self-improvement?

In HOW TO BE AMAZING!, author Robert Carr will show you how to discover meaning in a chaotic world. From journaling to midday walks to cooking your own meals, Mr. Carr lays out 42 ideas on how to make your life more amazing.

Review From The Editor

“HOW TO BE AMAZING by Robert Carr is an inspirational guide to harnessing your ambition and revealing your true potential. Filled with candid observances based on Carr’s personal life experiences, HOW TO BE AMAZING is a meaningful look at the importance of introspection and forward motion in a society that is gridlocked by technology and the constant need for external validation.”— Abigail Stefaniak, Editor