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QUICK GUIDE: WHAT TO DO ABOUT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

On October 5, 2017, the New York Times published a news story that shed light on decades-long sexual misconduct allegedly committed by renowned Hollywood Film Producer Harvey Weinstein. This story, which outlined multiple accounts of how Weinstein habitually harassed women in the film industry, emboldened even more victims from all walks of life to step forward and publicly share their painful experiences of sexual harassment. The many accusations that ensued not only identified other influential people who have committed sexual misconduct in the past, they also revealed just how prevalent the problem of sexual harassment actually is in the workplace.

What is Sexual Harassment?

One of the biggest lessons to learn from the controversy surrounding the Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandal is that harassment can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Moreover, sexual harassment is not a problem confined to the past. There are countless people suffering in silence today, either because they don’t know what to do about it, or they’re too intimidated to speak out. Harassment of any kind in the workplace is a serious issue. Not only is it unethical, it is illegal. Acts of harassment violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome or offensive conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct typically includes:

      • Physical Contact
      • Unwanted Advances
      • Offensive Humor
      • Slurs
      • Name-Calling
      • Threats and intimidation
      • Ridicule or Mockery
      • Display of Offensive Objects or Imagery
      • Interference with Work Duties

It’s important to note that the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that bear no reasonable consequences. However, harassment becomes illegal when:

  1. It is committed with the intention of influencing employment status or an employment decision.
  2. It is so frequent or severe that it creates an intimidating and hostile work environment.

What to do if you Feel Harassed:

It isn’t always easy to stand up for yourself, especially when you have a lot to lose by confronting people in power. However, it’s important to remember that not only can coming forward to report harassment end up saving your own life, it can prevent others from being victimized in future as well. If at all you are working in a situation where you feel harassed:

  1. If it’s safe enough to do so, tell the person harassing you to stop – but only do this as long as you feel comfortable confronting them directly.
  2. If confronting a harasser directly is too difficult or unsafe, find a copy of your company’s anti-harassment policy and review it. Once you understand what the company policy is, report and prosecute the harasser under that policy.
  3. If the company you work for doesn’t have an official anti-harassment policy, talk with a separate supervisor or authority figure who has the power to address the situation. They may be able to help stop the misconduct.
  4. If following internal procedures doesn’t provide a solution, file charges of discrimination with the EEOC.

How to help if you Notice Harassment:

Victims of sexual harassment do not have to be subjected to it directly for harassment to be relevant. Anyone affected by offensive conduct, including those who observe it, also have a right to complain about it. If you see something, do something:

  1. Document details of any harassment you see as soon as it happens.
  2. Collect any evidence you can, especially written evidence, of any sexual misconduct you observe. If what you witness ends up being litigated, this evidence could be of help to the victims of harassment.
  3. Privately reach out to the person(s) you witness being harassed and offer your support. They may be reluctant to fight back because they feel alone. There’s strength in numbers.
  4. Share what you know with the Human Resources department of your company, or an authority figure who can put a stop to any harassment you witness.

Passiveness has the unfortunate effect of enabling sexual harassment. If someone engaging in sexual misconduct isn’t reprimanded for it promptly, their behavior will likely escalate and recur until someone makes it clear that such behavior is unacceptable. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

 

 

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LOVE YOUR CAREER

According to a Gallup study on the American workplace, two-thirds of employees are disengaged at work. They don’t enjoy what they do which represses them into doing the bare minimum and become ‘just enough’ employees. Ironically many actually like working under these circumstances whereas some tolerate it. Only a fortunate few are lucky enough to bypass this dilemma and find gainful work that they genuinely love.

Considering that work takes up most of our day, and lives, it’s a tragedy to imagine that so many employees get placed in miserable jobs that slowly drain their happiness. Don’t despair however if you happen to be in such a situation. You can still find enjoyment in your work by modifying your attitude and perspective. Doing so is very valuable to your life in many ways.

Here is an exercise that will help you to create your ideal career

Brainstorm these areas:

1.       Things you are passionate about

2.       Your Strengths and Abilities

3.       Things that help those around you

Things you are Passionate about

What activities bring you joy? What are you passionate about? What fills you with energy? What makes you come alive? What is your ideal environment? What types of people would you like to be around? When you love and enjoy your work, your desire and excitement will be a great motivation to keep moving forward.

Your Strengths and abilities

What are your strengths and abilities? What comes naturally to you and doesn’t really cost you too much effort? What have others told you that you do well?

Whether it is motivating people, art, dance, organizing things, public speaking, or cooking, figure out what that is for you and use it to your advantage. These are resources you have available now that will help you excel at what you do, increase your confidence, and build more success.

Things that help those around you

What could the world around you do with more of? In what ways could people benefit from your unique skills and abilities? What can you do or provide that people would be willing to pay for?

Now that you’ve done some brainstorming for each of the areas, carry out the following Venn diagram exercise.

 

 

In the top left circle, list Things you are Passionate about. In the top right circle, list Your Strengths and abilities. In the bottom circle, list the Things that help those around you. Lastly, in the inner overlapping circle, make note of a few items that cover all three areas. These are possible career goals you might want to consider! The items in the overlapping center are the Things you should do more of!

 

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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5 WAYS TO MAKE SURE YOUR CONFRONTATIONS END WELL

Life is an experience that is dictated by rules. As children, things are usually simple because for the most part we either live by our parents’ rules, or by academic ones. As we grow up, even more rules such as religious ones or professional ones enter the fray. In a perfect world, all these different rules would exist as steadfast standards which are easy for everyone to follow. For as long as rules exist however, human nature will compel us all to break them, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

There’s no escaping it

This inevitable fact is the reason why confrontation exists. Confrontation is a process that happens when people who fail to follow specific rules or social expectations require correction. Confrontation is particularly unavoidable for anyone in leadership because authority happens to be intrinsically tied to enforcement. This is to say that leaders have a duty both to conceive the policies that guide a given group of people, as well as to ensure that established policies aren’t violated or disregarded. Effective confrontation skills aren’t just an asset to leadership, but a requirement. A strong leader should be capable of confronting people in ways that simultaneously prevent conflict, and solve apparent problems.

Because people tend to perceive confrontation as a spontaneous conversation, they often approach this event without any preparation. However confrontation by its very nature is a negotiation. It’s a debate that is best conducted through factual and sober discourse rather than animosity. Here are five essential steps any leader should follow in order to confront others constructively:

1. Be Clinical:

The circumstances which lead up to confrontation are often emotive. Those with an obligation to initiate confrontation likely feel offended whereas those who get confronted are bound to feel defensive upon accusation. Allowing these emotions to influence the dialogue of confrontation will spiral the encounter into a power struggle. Even before deciding to confront someone, make a deliberate effort to detach yourself from all emotion in order to analyze the situation objectively and develop a strategy that will minimize or eliminate tension.

2. Identify the Problem:

Never involve yourself in the unpredictability of confrontation without a definitive understanding of what rules have been broken, and the exact problems said broken rules produce. A vague understanding of precisely what a confrontation should achieve not only leaves you vulnerable to aimless quarreling, it can prompt you to initiate personal attacks in lieu of having a justifiable argument to defend. Once you’ve identified specific problems to tackle, draft a series of solutions or compromises that would best restore order to the affected relationship.

3. Make Contact:

Confrontation can only happen if it’s actually initiated. Once you have a game plan in place, it’s up to you to choose the right place at the right time, and meet with the necessary people to discuss any issues. Don’t make contact suddenly. As much as possible, choose an appropriate time that allows for discreet and extensive dialogue should the confrontation become time-consuming.

4. Use Neutral Language:

Once confrontation has commenced, it is extremely important to remember that emotions do not belong anywhere in the conversation. This doesn’t just encompass attitude, it involves deliberate use of language as well. For instance, replacing “you” statements with less-direct statements deflects the embarrassment of feeling blamed. Consider the following two accusations:

  • You waste a lot of electricity because you never shutdown your computer before locking up.
  • The computers have to be shutdown properly before locking up in order to save electricity.

The second less-direct statement allows an accused person to save face while clearly highlighting their mistake. Neutral language keeps heads cool and fosters mature engagement during confrontation.

5. Stay On Topic:

Simulating a confrontation and participating in one are two different circumstances altogether. Whether or not things go as planned, confronting someone face-to-face is an interactive process which can sidetrack for any number of reasons. Even if it means having notes written down on a clipboard, remember to stay focused on the central objectives of a confrontation in an impartial way. Address the problems at hand and not the person. Avoid taking on a hardline or forceful approach unless it is an absolute last resort. Confrontations conducted through diplomacy and composure generate more enduring resolutions than those which feature intimidation and coercion.

Confrontation may be volatile, but that doesn’t mean it’s unmanageable. A tactical approach helps reduce the chances of getting stuck in contentious arguments with defensive people. The most important goal isn’t to get one’s way in the end, but to conclusively solve the problems which create a need for confrontation in the first place. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

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5 COMMON SENSE WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CYBERATTACKS

If you keep up with the news at all, the word hacking is something that probably rings alarm bells in your head by now. And if it doesn’t… it should. Recent trends indicate that virtually any and every computer system in the world is vulnerable to intrusion by unseen bandits lurking in the shadows. In fact, every new incident of data breaches is so sensational, it’s understandable if anyone is distracted from the big picture of how many people are cumulatively affected by this dilemma. Just to give a few notable examples:

  • Up to 70 Million Target Corporation customers lost personal information due to cyberattacks in November of 2013.
  • Up to 143 Million Equifax users lost personal information due to cyberattacks in May of 2017.
  • Up to 145 Million eBay users lost personal information due to cyberattacks in March of 2014.
  • Up to 152 Million Adobe Systems users lost personal information due to cyberattacks in October of 2013.
  • Up to 3 Billion Yahoo! users lost personal information due to cyberattacks in August of 2013.

For some who held simultaneous accounts with these, and the many other organizations that have suffered data-breaches, the risk of identity-theft and other problems is actually overlapping. There has never been a more urgent time to become smart about how you share, and protect, sensitive personal information with others. Here are some common sense precautions to take in order to protect yourself from cyberattacks:

  1. Don’t Volunteer Information:

One of the easiest ways for hackers to access sensitive information is by attacking companies that don’t prioritize safeguarding it. If you make a habit of providing detailed information to any website or company that requests you to create a profile, you’ll inevitably end up exposed by the fact that your data is scattered across a wide network of sites. When requested information on a form is optional, don’t fill it out. If it’s clear that a company only wants details about you for marketing purposes, don’t provide it. The less corporations know about you, the smaller the target on your back.

2.                   Maintain your Devices:

Smart technology has become a part of daily life. Not only does your computer contain sensitive information about you, but so does anything that connects to Wi-Fi, including: phones, cars, tablets, streaming devices, televisions, and so on. Always makes sure to update the operating systems on these devices and replace their default firewalls with sophisticated antivirus security suites.

3.                   Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when Devices are Idle:

Wireless connectivity provides a backdoor for anyone with the right equipment to access and corrupt electronics without anyone’s knowledge. Unless you are actively using Wi-Fi on an a device, make sure to disable it before setting it aside, or switching it off. Not only does this significantly reduce the odds of hackers infiltrating your technology, it also decreases costs charged by service providers for data-use.

4.                   Use Two-Factor authentication:

Two-factor authentication is a security measure that requires multiple steps in a password-entry process. Rather than relying on a single password that can be easily deciphered by attackers, two-factor authentication generates a second temporary password via phone or email. This ensures that the user entering a password on a given account is genuine. Two-factor authentication makes it difficult for any hacker in a remote location to access a personal account.

5.                   Inspect the Webpages You Visit:

Before you ever decide to click any buttons on a webpage, always assess it to determine whether it’s been disguised for phishing. This is especially crucial before using any websites for financial transactions or sensitive communication. If you notice anything peculiar on a web page such as typos, altered appearance or inconsistent information, desist from browsing immediately until you can ascertain whether it’s been hacked.

It’s time to face facts. Hacking is a new frontier in criminal activity that isn’t about to diminish anytime soon. Considering that the bad guys aren’t about to let up on victimizing people online, we all have a responsibility as individual consumers to be tactical about our online activity. Any information about you is as valuable as currency in today’s society, so start treating it as such. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on consumer awareness and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

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Leadership & Strategy

Book: Leadership & Strategy – Lessons from Alexander the Great

Author: Leandro P. Martino

This is an interesting book because it has modern examples of leadership drawn from Alexander III of Macedon’s legacy. There isn’t really anything new on leadership in this book, but its real-life stories from Alexander’s era, and his war strategies, make it stand out from typical tutorials on leadership. The author highlights how Alexander the Great achieved his various conquests. Naturally this story is rich with insights on leadership.

This book on Alexander the Great’s character illustrates just how important it is to be intentional about leadership strategy in business.

I like exploring strategy, especially strategy that helps you win! This book reveals what it takes to have the demeanor and character of a true leader. I learned a lot from reading this book and I know others will too. Enjoy.

Richard Martinez

Transformation Expert

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DISCERNMENT

Discernment is a spiritual ability that profoundly impacts every area of our lives. Simply put, discernment is the intuitive capacity to decide between truth and error, right and wrong, or good and bad. It is probably one of the most powerful yet misunderstood tools in our arsenal of spiritual gifts.

The English dictionary defines discernment as follows:

“The ability to judge well. It is perception in the absence of judgement with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding.” (Google, [Def.1], n.d.)

One of the reasons why discernment is so misunderstood is because jealous and insecure people often operate from suspicion, but call their paranoia discernment. They are consumed with looking for the negative and obsessing over it. However discernment is entirely different from suspicion. Discernment is produced from a place of wisdom and peace. Suspicion on the other hand springs from a place of fear and condemnation.

Here are three ways that discernment can impact your life:

1.       It acts as a means of protection, guarding us from deception by any who would seek to harm us. It protects us from being misled by information that is harmful or distracting to the life we intend to create.

2.       Discernment also acts as an instrument of healing and compassion when exercised correctly. People can use this ability to diagnose the spiritual and emotional needs of others, to strengthen relational connections, or to improve communication in a way that prevents conflict.

3.       Finally, discernment serves as a catalyst to spiritual development. Proverbs 14:6 says “The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning” (Holy Bible, New International Version). A true seeker of wisdom, growth and success is always hungry to learn, but without discernment, it is impossible to distinguish between useful and useless knowledge.

Develop Your Discernment:

Here is a simple exercise you can do to hone and master your spiritual gift of discernment. Set some time apart – at least 15 uninterrupted minutes. Once you are in this private space, start exercising your discernment by choosing one specific person to mediate on. Intentionally focus on that person until you have clearly identified what it is about them you desire to understand in your mind. Take your time and instead of generalizing, concentrate intently on one specific area about them that needs discernment. During this time, you should intentionally seek to discover what is hindering any growth and advancement in that one area, then, identify what can be done to bring life, growth, or change into that area. Once you can see a viable solution, ask yourself what specific things you are willing and able to do in order to help. Lastly, take action from what you discerned. As you do this more and more, you will! find that your accuracy and effectiveness keep growing.

References

Discernment [Def. 1]. (n.d.). In Dictionary. Google LLC. Retrieved Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Richard Martinez

Intl. Transformation Expert

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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR 2018 IS AN UPGRADED VERSION 2017

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when everyone’s scrambling to make resolutions, but have you ever asked yourself why? Especially when over one third of resolutions end up forgotten by the wayside before January is over. Most of them won’t even be remembered six months later. Whenever we commit to a resolution, this decision requires us to evaluate ourselves in ways that many don’t normally do. This is good because self-reflection is a healthy way to illuminate flaws that need improvement. For many, the New Year actually serves as a wake-up call. Choosing to do something about your life in order to become a better person is always a powerful thing!

Why do so many New Year’s Resolutions fail before January is over?

Most resolutions are made in response to something negative; a habit or situation that the person wants to change or end. And that is a big problem – it’s hard to develop momentum from a negative response. It is always easier to move toward something, than away from something. This is a powerful key to whether people follow through on their goals or not.

Most New Year’s Resolutions lack a foundation of meaning and personal relevance that makes it difficult to deviate from them. What you need is something sincere. Something that comes from the inside. Something that’s based on what actually matters to you. It has to be something that is aligned with your personal values, vision and purpose. This is the only way to get behind a resolution; have confidence in it and keep your motivation to see it through. Your resolutions must be attached to something bigger. Something meaningful that clearly illustrates sustainable benefit.

Embrace the Gap

Resolutions or goals can have a tendency to make you feel less-than, because there’s something you don’t have now that you aspire to gain in the future. Goals introduce a gap or transition between where you are, and where you’d like to be, which instantly makes part of where you are right now a place you don’t want to be. This is how the very nature of having goals can hurt your self-confidence if you don’t know your personal value. Learn to embrace the transition, embrace and enjoy the gap.

Once you reach a goal, what’s next? Instinct says you’ve got to set another goal. Then another, then another…When do you get to stop and just enjoy life right where you are? This dilemma is why the real gold and real value of pursuing a goal is in the experience, NOT in the end result.

Create a Life on Purpose

Live on purpose, with purpose! What will you do in 2018 to put yourself in a position to make more money? What will you do in 2018 to develop better relationships with those you love and value? What will you do in 2018 to live the life you’ve always wanted?

It’s not enough just to have written goals, you must have a concrete plan to reach these goals. Know and see your goal clearly. Know why you want to accomplish that goal. See yourself enjoying the benefits of reaching your goals, and visualize them to the point that you can taste, smell and feel them. Experience them in your imagination as if they are your current reality.

Will 2018 be just another year that started with good intentions but didn’t go anywhere? It’s time to go from good intentions to intentional living! Make this the year you get your weight under control…start that business you’ve constantly been talking about…get out of debt for good…take your business to another level, or do something to build stronger relationships.

Here is a great tool to help you achieve your goals!

 

Richard Martinez

Intl. Transformation Expert

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NEW YEAR, NEW LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY

The New Year is here! As we enter into 2018, it is wise to reevaluate all of our personal and professional goals. We need to pause a little bit and really examine whether how we’re living is working or not. Self-awareness through self-reflection is a powerful tool and precursor to success. As young as the year may be, we have already started gathering different people, things, and perspectives that either add to, or take away from our energy, time, health and happiness. Moreover there are things that might have served our goals well when the year began, but they’re now obstacles that need to be done away with. Whether it is you taking on other people’s problems, taking on more than you can handle, or not dedicating the right time and energy into what you are responsible for, things must be reviewed, revised and readjusted for this New Day.

Wise people focus their energies on managing what they are directly responsible for. Each person has specific things in life that deserve, require, and even demand our time and energy. Simply put, these are all our responsibilities. For parents, responsibilities tend to revolve around children. For professionals, they tend to revolve around career-success. Even children have responsibilities which revolve around their academic performance. The point is that every person has specific areas that receive undivided attention, time and energy. Our overall satisfaction in life is directly tied into how well we manage the various things that we are ultimately responsible for.

Yes we can all multitask in order to distribute the attention given to our many responsibilities, but it’s very important to remember that some responsibilities need our highest concentration. They deserve distinction from what routinely occupies our efforts because of how much personal attention, time and energy they require.

We have one life, and our time and energy is invaluable. Our time and energy are foundational to getting all that we want in life, therefore, we must be most responsible with where, what or who we dedicate time and energy to. Wise people focus their energies upon managing that which has been given to them. They start by mastering what they have, then building bigger and expanding into more. As they prove faithful, they will be expanded, promoted, and exalted. This is being responsible with time and energy. Do not try to change the whole world if you have not established peace in your own life. Work on your home and your relationships. Spend time with your children. Get your finances in order before you try to exert authority over society.

Richard Martinez

Intl. Transformation Expert

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HEALTHY CHOICE RECIPES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY FEASTS

It’s the holidays and for most, that means eating, lots of eating. It’s no wonder that one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is losing weight. Going ham over the holidays is bound to pack on a few extra pounds! Why not take a healthier approach to what we eat during this holiday season and beyond? Below are a few healthier choice recipes to try during this holiday season.

 

Maple Glazed Carrots

3 or 4 carrots

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

pinch of salt and pepper

1. Peel and slice the carrots into rounds.

2. Place them in a skillet with the water. Cover and cook for 6 to 7 minutes until soft.

3. Add the maple syrup, butter and vinegar. Sauté uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring.

4. Season with salt and pepper.

 

Apple and Pear Cobbler

Dough

¼ cup sorghum flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

¼ cup potato starch

¼ cup almond flour

1 teaspoon fine salt (or sea salt or kosher salt should be ground fine)

4 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon cardamom

¼ teaspoon cloves, ground

¼ cup sour cream

3 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Combine gluten-free flours and potato starch, sugar, cloves, cardamom, and salt. Add butter and cut in until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add sour cream and blend until dough begins to come together. Do not form ball.

Place the completed dough between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Form a large ball of dough between the sheets, and then gently flatten into a square. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

Filling

2 pounds crisp, fresh apples

2 pounds Bartlett pears

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¾ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon cloves, ground

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°

Transfer fruit slices to a pie dish or a 9” baking dish. Combine lemon juice and vanilla in small bowl. Pour over apples and toss to coat. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, flour, and cloves in small bowl. Sprinkle over fruit and toss to coat. Rearrange fruit to make compact and wipe rim of dish clean. Place dough atop fruit and gently tuck edges under at 3-inch intervals. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sliced almonds over top. Bake for 35-40 minutes. The cobbler is done when

the topping is golden brown and the fruit bubbles around the edge of the pan.

 

Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is more involved than the other recipes, so be sure to have someone to help you!

8 ounces macaroni

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon dry mustard

3-1/2 cups milk or soymilk

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

3/4 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

1-1/2 cups grated raw cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the macaroni according to package directions.

3. Rinse under cold water and set aside.

4. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the flour and mustard and cook over low heat for 2

to 3 minutes, stirring continuously.

5. Add milk slowly while whisking to remove any lumps.

6. Remove from the heat and add cheese. Add the salt, pepper and macaroni, stir to

combine and pour into a greased baking dish.

7. In a bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, herbs and oil. Sprinkle over the macaroni and cheese.

8. Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

 

Brownies

1-1/2 cups carob semisweet chips

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

4 eggs

2/3 cup agave nectar or 1-1/4 cup date sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1. In a small bowl, melt carob chips in microwave for 2 minutes. Or place carob chips in a heat-resistant bowl on top of a boiling pot of water until melted.

2. In blender or food processor, combine chickpeas and eggs.

3. Add sweetener, baking powder and melted chips; process until smooth.

4. Pour batter into an approximately 9-inch nonstick pan.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

6. Allow to cool; cut and serve.

These are surprisingly delicious, and nobody will be able to guess that they’re made from chickpeas!

 

Richard Martinez

Intl. Transformation Expert

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THE SPIRITUAL WORLD IS ANOTHER WORLD FULL OF UNSEEN TREASURES

There is more to the human body than our physical form. Each of us also possesses a spirit and soul.

Just as our bodies are in direct contact with the natural world, our spirits are in direct contact with the spiritual world at all times. This is to say that you exist in two worlds at the same time. In turn, this means that you also have spiritual senses that can be used and developed.

In the same way our physical senses of hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell perceive what occurs in the natural world, our spiritual senses discern phenomena that occur in the spiritual world. We can actually train our senses to discern spiritual things and these spiritual things can help us in our daily lives.

Learning to harness your spiritual capabilities is a necessary discipline because our natural human thought patterns are incapable of directly recognizing the spiritual. Communication of spiritual realities must take place on the level of the Spirit. We can receive solutions to problems, creative ideas and establish better connection with anyone through discernment of spiritual phenomena.

Understanding Spiritual Principles

Understanding things like visions, dreams and impressions can propel your life to another level of happiness and success. You will learn to recognize and utilize spiritual information, ideas, solutions, invention and more. You will learn to recognize and receive epiphanies. Mastering your spiritual sense will feel like having a divine download of insights, guidance, confidence, and more. Most people have a hard time distinguishing between their own imagination and their spiritual eyesight. However any person can learn to sense supernatural impressions upon our spirits through stirrings, nudges, words, spiritual pictures, burdens, and unction’s.

Here is a personal example of how developing your spiritual awareness can benefit your life and those around you. One day I was with a client for a one-on-one session. This client has a business and has been successful for over 15 years. The client wanted to take their business to the next level of profit, which is why they came to RISE Programs. During our session I started getting images in my mind about their business. As my client answered my questions I started having visions of them growing their business through a specific strategy. It’s like I saw a movie in my mind about their future. Because I have trained my senses, I have an awareness and a confidence to know when it’s something important or not. I have learned spiritual language and how to use what I see and hear for the benefit all. After seeing these images and visions I began to share with my client the strategy I saw for their business. I di! dn’t tell them I was getting my ideas from a vision in the spiritual realm, I just shared the strategy and it amazed them to the point of tears. This idea and strategy was beyond me and how I normally think. It was so powerful and effective for their business and also did something very profound to them personally. I thank God for these revelations.

Application:

For the next few days I want you to journal the images, words, impressions, burdens, nudges that push you towards helping you or someone else. Even if you do not understand what the images mean, just keep a log of everything. For now I want you to begin to become more aware.

3 Steps to become more aware of the spiritual realm:

1.       Ask – Ask God to speak to you for the good of your decisions and of others. To speak to you through mental images, visions and dreams. Pray and personally commit to do the next step.

2.       Seek – Throughout the day when you have a need for solutions or ideas, expect to see visions. They could be in the form of words, images, numbers etc. but they will be in visual form projected on the mental screen in your mind.

3.       Write it down – As you receive images, write down what you saw in your mind, and what was happening to you when you received them. What were you doing? Who was around you? What were you talking about? Record all these things as soon as possible so you don’t forget anything.

Richard Martinez

Intl Transformation Expert

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