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Steeps Urban Tea House

I have been frequenting Steeps for some time now. A buddy of Mine introduced Me to it a while back. They specialize in a plethora of loose leaf teas, from oolong, to exotic blends. The cafe’s them selves have a cozy atmosphere, that make You feel at home. I especially enjoy their London fog’s(earl grey tea lattes)!

I met one of the owners at one of the Edmonton locations today for the first time.  Robyn operates the College Plaza location at 11116 82nd Avenue (Whyte). Edmonton, Alberta. I highly recommend the Old Strathcona location to any one.

You can click on the logo beside or the link below to access their main website for all locations in Canada.

Steeps

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I discovered this cool little tool the other day. It is a animated LED sign which has suction cups that allow You to place it on any smooth flat glass surface. It is powered by either batteries, or a 12 volt supply. You operate it with a remote, so it changes when You choose to. This will make a great gift for Your Self, or some one else on Your list. Click on the banner above or link below to find out more.

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Question Every Thing

As some of You may know I was arrested on the 23 of November 2009 at approximately 2000 hrs for Obstruction of Justice. The whole situation started with officers pulling Me over in regards to her judgment on Me supposedly running a red light. I knew from when I use to volunteer at one of Edmonton’s police stations for 3 years that You do not argue with a statute enforcement officer, so I simply stated My perspective. Where this gets interesting is when I was asked for My documents, I replied “I will once You show Me Your documents?”. This did not go over well with the already irate officer, she proceeded to laugh and use a few swear words. She then walked away, and came back a while later asking Me again for My documents, I replied “Not until I see Yours”. She then in anger stated as she was walking away,  I was getting numerous tickets, and My truck impounded.

The other officer came over and asked what was the issue, I asked him for proof of identification as well, he flashed his badge, but as the light was poor I was unable to see any info. I simply requested a business card with a name and badge number, for I knew many officers carried these, to which I told him that I had in the past volunteered at the west division station. He then asked Me to step out of the truck, I responded “Why?”, he said “Obstruction of Justice!”. I asked how so, he proceeded to try and open My truck door, it was locked, My window was down, so he reached inside and opened the door. He then grabbed My arm and pulled Me out of My automobile. The other officer ran over to aid her fellow man by placing Me on the ground firstly handcuffing My left wrist then after punching My kidneys several times they had My other wrist to finish the restraint. While the altercation was going on I was yelling “RELAX, RELAX…”.

After thus forward I went silent, because I know once You have been placed under arrest any thing You do and/or say may and will be used against You in a court of law. This did not go over well with them at all, once they had all My belongings from My pockets and placed Me in the back seat of their squad car, they continued to banter profanity about, and/or at Me to try and get Me to react. They asked Me various questions to who I was, from do You under stand the charges against You. Mixed into the questions was “You never f-ing volunteered with Us”, and “They should have never allowed f-ing idiots like You to volunteer”, You get the picture, they I under stood their tactics rather early, they were simply trying to get Me to react, to which then they would have some thing to charge Me with, cause at the moment they only had an obstruction of justice charge. They waited for the tow truck they had called earlier, and after searching My truck, We then proceeded to the north division station.

At the station I dealt with mostly the male officer, to which he actually was a nice individual. I figured because he was not around the other senior officer, cause I noticed when she was around he would go back into serious mode, and he would whisper to Me what I could do to help My Self out in this situation. I genuinely fealt simpathy for this officer, cause he was young and sincere to what he was doing. It was the stubborn, and jaded views of the other officer that was teaching him to be like her. Then again this is My opinion

I was treated rather well at the station. Even though I had My mug shot and finger prints taken. I received 4 traffic tickets totaling $1000, and an obstruction of justice charge to which I Am to appear in court January 5, 2010. I Am not judging the officers for what had happened, I simply accept and forgive what transpired that evening. I wish not pursue having them suspended, for that does not solve any thing. That will just jade them even further. What ever the female officer has going on in her mind is torture enough, and I wish her luck on working out her issues. The male officer has a genuine caring nature about him, and I hope he keeps it strong throughout his Life!

I will deal with this situation as it comes moment to moment, it is a learning experience for Me. I have great intentions, and I know the out come will be good either way. The point of this situation described in this article is that no matter what, always question every thing, for every moment is different, and growth comes from change. I did leave out some small details from this event, for a lot went on in the three and half hours it happened, but the important info I feel is written above.If You wish to know more email Me, and I will gladly tell You what You desire to know.

I have forgiven but will never forget 🙂

UPDATE:

Read this article posted by CTV News | http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/edmonton-driver-warns-of-police-impersonator-1.953684

This is rather interesting, as I was pulled over, then arrested for “Obstruction of Justice” back on:

23 of November, 2009

For requesting ID from a so-called Police Officer.

I went to court, and in the end was put on probation for a year, with community service.

So I hope, ALL the Police Officers, and Peace Officers know that Civilians are ALLOWED to request ID from them.

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68 Seconds of Pure Thought

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Responsibility=Freedom

This was brought to My attention the other day. And it just dawned on Me as True right now! If We all were Responsible for every thing We did, then there would Be no requirement for government, police, military… You get the picture.

This concept is Easy to grasp, when You realize most problems/issues stem from lack of Responsibility.

For example, when You point blame on some one, or some thing You Chose to Do. Really Think about that, You Have a Choice in every thing You Do, say, and Think. No one forces You to Do, say, and Think any thing. You are in control, but then You will Think of a million scenarios to contradict those statements. Those are excuses, and those excuses stem from the avoidance of Responsibility.

Now You know why We Have government, We lack Responsibility, To Self-Govern is a Choice many of Us avoid. You may say “What about the People that Choose to cause chaos?”, well I can almost guarantee they were possibly raised to be very dependent on others to Do things for them, and point blame. I Am not blaming any Parents for raising their Children to Be non-Responsible(To Be Honest You Can not Teach that, You need to Discover it Your Self), because they were raised that way as well, and so on… I was that way too in the past, always blaming stuff outside of Me for any thing that went on in My Life. But for a while now, I have Chosen to Be fully Responsible for all of My actions, speaking, and Thoughts. And I can tell You with Confidence that My Life is much Better for Doing so. At first it took some time getting use to the whole concept, but after I made it a habit, and routine, it is common place with Me.

It’s funny, I scraped My truck bumper on the pillar in Our parkade on Thanksgiving day, I was bummed out about it at first, but I did not blame any thing or any one else for My mishap. I Thought about the whole incident in My Mind, and how I could Have blamed the Person who parks beside Me for possibly parking too close to My stall, causing Me to turn wider than usual, or I could have blamed the pillar for being in a stupid spot! There are a million excuses I could Think of, but what Good does it Do. It still happened, and I was the one Responsible for it.Truly, if I had not been out operating My truck, then it would have never happened. Making Me fully Responsible for the incident. I Am completely fine with it.

It is Calming to realize that You are in control of Your Experiences. When You start Being Responsible for every thing in Your Life, then You are Truly Free!

That is Freedom!

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The Shift

I receive these emails from Owen Waters from time to time, below is one I fully under stand and enjoy!

Maslow Predicted The Shift
by Owen Waters

Abraham Maslow (1908-70) was a psychologist who became famous
for his hierarchy of human needs. When he developed his theory
in the 1950s, he predicted the transformation of humanity
into a realm of spiritual transcendence, but he had no idea
just how soon this would develop into a major movement.

Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs shows that basic human needs
have to be fulfilled before people can attend to higher needs
and values.

First, the basic physiological needs of food and shelter must
be catered for in order to ensure survival.

Second, once food and shelter are obtained, safety and
security must be achieved.

Third, acceptance by others is sought, in both the social and
romantic senses. To fulfill this ‘belonging’ need, people
become part of a group, a tribe, an extended family or a
community.

When these deficiency, or outer-directed, needs are
satisfied, then the individual works to acquire self-respect.
Recognition by others produces self-esteem.

Once the outer needs are fulfilled, the inner-directed need
for self-actualization comes into play. To self-actualize
means to become the best you personally can be.
Self-actualized people include those who have achieved
material abundance, and also those who, as a decision of
personal power, have chosen simplicity over the pursuit
of further abundance. At some point, when a person says
“That’s enough” to the endless pursuit of additional
financial security, then they become free to accomplish
anything that inspires their inner joy the most.

Self-actualization is achieved after the individual ceases to
have deference to hierarchical authority, and instead matures
into the ability to make their own rules of personal
responsibility. Personal responsibility is always more
powerful and effective than any system of imposed rules.
For example, you can threaten to punish someone if they
steal and hope that the threat works. But, a self-responsible
person simply wouldn’t steal because they would feel empathy
for the loss that a would-be victim would feel. They simply
wouldn’t have the heart to do such a thing to another person.

It’s a matter of increased maturity. When a person abandons
the impositions of external authority and becomes their own,
self-directed authority, then they become far more
functional in the world. This is, in fact, a higher state
of consciousness, one which provides a higher vista of
awareness. From this expanded vista, they see clearly how
they as an individual can best serve humanity.

In this state of awareness, the person acquires the ability
to think and analyze situations independently. As a result,
new and creative solutions spring to mind. They have enough
self-esteem to be able to clearly see their own needs,
skills, strengths and weaknesses, and from that they see
where they can best be of service to humanity.

Once basic needs are fulfilled, the next values to require
attention relate to being. The first of these being-values
is self-actualization, which is the instinctual need of a
human to make the most of their unique abilities.

Above that, Maslow placed transcendence, which he considered
a spiritual value. Traditional universities typically presume
that spiritual matters are beyond the understanding of their
students, so they present the Maslow hierarchy of human needs
differently. They present it with self-actualization as the
ultimate human goal, and omit the transcendence stage beyond
that.

The being-values of self-actualization and transcendence are
the higher, more beautiful aspects of human consciousness.
They include unconditional love, altruism, inner joy, a love
of nature, the development of intuition (in males as well as
females), idealism, and a sense of wisdom which springs from
within. These skills develop the right-brain functions of
creativity and intuition.

In the 1950s, Maslow believed that only 2% of the population
had achieved self-actualization. The mid-1960s changed all
that when masses of people began the search for the higher
values, such as unconditional love and spiritual wisdom.
Today, that core group of progressive society has blossomed
from 2% to over 20%, and is climbing every year.

The Shift is not a temporary by-product of the baby boom
generation, or any other generation of modern society.
It is not a passing fad. It is not going away. It is a
cosmic pressure that is unfolding and relentlessly
increasing the frequency of all consciousness upon the
planet.

It is a part of the plan of Infinite Being that we progress
to the next stage of conscious human achievement. The Shift
is, to put it simply, the most wonderful transformation in
recorded history. This is where humanity gets to build,
literally, Heaven on Earth.

*If you enjoyed today’s article, forward it to a friend!
They will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

This article was written by Owen Waters, author of
“The Shift: The Revolution in Human Consciousness”

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Simplicity

I just watched this movie titled ‘Oh Canada’. It is a comical view of how Canada and the rest of the Planet is complex with its monetary system, governments, constitutions, etc… In the past I would have eaten these views up, but I have realized that every thing in Life is simple. We create complexity, really think about this… Look at some of what We call “advanced and complex”, for example building a rocket. You may say building a rocket is complex, but have You noticed any thing complex has been engineered by many people in a collective manner. One simple thought combined with many other simple thoughts will create a collective of complexity(namely one complex idea from many simple sources). So Our rocket, We have many engineers with some thing to contribute to the final result. This holds true for every thing else! Every thing is simple when broken down to its main components. The most simple You can get is “Every thing is Energy”. Every thing vibrates, that is how We may see some thing, hear some thing, touch some thing, and so forth…

We have been taught to think most stuff is complex and You require a advanced education to under stand or create stuff. Well I have a what You would call a basic education, and I under stand quite a lot. We all know the answers to every thing, We just have been choosing to think We do not. If You take the time to relax and clear Your mind when presented with a issue, You will be truly amazed at how You will eventually come up with the solution. I have done a experiment time and time again, to see if that last statement is true. You may do this as well, lay out in front of You a space to place categories of what ever You like. For example Person, Place, Object, Food… Now write down on pieces of paper things that would go into these categories, make at least 50 pieces of paper with various names. Now get a clock, or stop watch to time Your results. What You are going to do is mix the pieces of paper up, and when You are ready place each piece of paper in the above categories. Do it as fast as You can, and mark down the time it took You to do so. Now, go for a walk, read a book, eat a snack, simply just relax for a while. Come back to Your space, and mix up the pieces of paper again. Now place the pieces of paper near the above categories, but this time, take Your time doing it. Calmly and relaxed place each of the pieces in their categories. When You are done mark Your time down. I will bet You that You did it faster and with more accuracy?! My point is if You are relaxed and calm, Your mind works more efficiently and effectively. This will work for any thing You do, trust Me.

I will leave on this note, “truly imagine a World with out money” I mean We operate with out economics altogether, not lack there of, but truly living with out money. How would that feel?

The movie below, is the movie I wrote about briefly above, about 2 hours in length. It is interesting, but does not support My beliefs what so ever. I viewed it as purely entertainment. No offense to the director.

OhCanadaMovie.ca

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Death

What to say about “death”? I know We all experience the loss of some one, or some thing in some form, or another. I also know that We will have it happen to Us some day. My question is “why is death so mis under stood?” What I mean by that is, why do a lot of Us know so little about this inevitable event? I believe it has to do with Our choice to ignore it, and the lack of information on it.

A lot of Us are scared of death. Being scared is usually based upon the belief of uncertainty. In order to release that fear, You can choose to educate Your Self about it, or choose not to believe it at all. I remember reading a quote that stated “Die before You die!”, meaning imagine Your death and all that proceeds it. The reason, I believe they say to do this, is so You can try, and become more familiar with death, and embrace the fact that it will happen.

I have in the last 4 years known quite a number of close people passing on. It seems to come in waves, I had never experienced the loss of any thing except a pet, up until four years back. I guess You could say I have been fortunate to not have experienced this, Although I have mixed emotions on this. Reason being is, I wish not have any one close, or any one for that matter die, but that is a egotistical thing to think. Really it is Me, having a hard time allowing that person to move on, to where ever it is We go after death.

I Am becoming more and more at ease with the process of people around Me passing. You may think, “Matt, that is a insensitive thing to think!” I use to think that as well, but over time, and as more and more people around Me pass on. I have come to realize it is just Me being Selfish in thinking they have to stay around for Me. Really think about that, it is Us that get upset when others pass away. And I believe it is perfectly normal and fine, We are Beings of habits and routines, and when those habits, routines are changed not by choice, We tend to get rather upset about it. But there are people that continue to dwell on the fact that others have left them, or some thing took them away from them. The reason for this article is not to judge and/or insult how You go about Your grieving, and/or how long it takes to grieve, but to provide You awareness of how We are before, during and after the process of death.

I miss those who use to be around Me, and at the same time admire where they have journeyed to. For one day, I to will be there, but now I know, I Am no longer afraid for it to happen.

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Direct Matches

I came across this website, and at first glance I thought it was a dating site, however after further investigating, it turns out it is one of the first social networking sites, even before facebook! The site is geared towards finding like minded individuals in all industries. It is also a dating site as well, if You select that option. It has many features like facebook, but is more specific in attracting People like You, or People You aspire to Be! I Do highly recommend this site, I have met lots of People and have shared many Ideas.

It is FREE to join, and offers so much. Click on either the picture above or link below.

DirectMatches

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Assumed Higher Powers

I have under stood this for some time now, I Am choosing to share what I know. There are two sides to ‘Higher Powers’, 1) Invisible Source of Energy 2) People of assumptive importance

Lets start with the first one ‘Invisible Source of Energy’. We all know there are things out there that We can and can not see as energy, take electricity for instance, We all know it exists, but can not physically see it! This goes for a lot of things. But I wish not elaborate on those, for there are too many things to write about here.

Second, ‘People of assumptive importance’. This is simple really. What do some consider “important”? Some one with lots of money? Some one with lots of education? Some one who has many followers?… I agree to the last statement, but only in the context of how it ‘debilitates’ You as a free thinker. What I mean is why do they supposedly have power? Because You “Believe they do!”. Once You stop focusing on what does not empower You, then You realize the importance of who You are truly! I do not mean that in a egotistical context, but more a inward acknowledgment of pure Self. This can be implemented into all aspects of Your existence.

I stopped reading the news papers, watching tv, looking at fear mongering websites… You get the picture. Some will say “Matt, but what You are doing is embracing ignorance!”. I dis-agree with that whole heartedly! I know the problems of the World. I agree, I do not know specifically all the problems of the World, and I agree that one does not require to, in order to under stand  that if We stopped making every problem a personal issue, then the collective issues made from the personal issue will seize to exist entirely! And that is what it is all about, taking full responsibility for all that goes on in Your experience. Guilt is based on this fully. To plead “not-guilty” is to plead “not-responsible”. Guilt is not a bad word, as is a lot of words We assume have negative connotations wrapped around them.

Complexity is a man-made thing, I believe every thing is simple. We tend to label this and label that, classify this and classify that, but when You get down to it all, every thing simply just is as it is. No fancy explanations. How do You think nature thrives as it does, I can tell You with certainty  it is simple and does not have a ego to get in the way of what it does best. Nature is connected to a infinite source, as is every thing else, As Human Beings We have dis-connected Our Selves from nature, and source. It is unfortunate, because I believe nature knows best, look at how no matter what has happened over the many millions of years on this planet, it has still managed to survive with out technology, knowledge, ego, nuclear bombs… I trust nature, it will always know best. Just observe it, and You will see what I mean.

Assuming is one thing I have learned recently, that it does not serve well in any regards. It is always best to ask questions to change that assumption into a fact, and that can be some what dangerous as well for facts are perceived differently from person to person. So use that advice with caution. Assuming is a difficult habit to break, but like all habits if You persist at changing them for the better, it will soon become common place just like the habit You replaced. ‘They’ say it takes “30 days to change a habit”, but I believe with more advanced methods, You can achieve faster results.

So to conclude, if You focus Your energy on those You assume are powerful, then You are correct in thinking they are powerful! But only to You. To assume they are powerful to others, is false in so many ways as explained above. Focus on what serves You well, remembering not to harm any one and any thing else in the process!

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