Turtle Moves

It is a myth to say that rushing works and that you’ll get ahead sooner. You won’t.

I discuss this in Module 13 of the primer, Take it to the Next Level, How to Rise in Life.

Actually, the opposite is true.

Slowing down and taking our time guarantees best results.

Turtle Moves

Today is a grey day in Toronto. It’s not very inspirational, yet I felt that that this was the right moment to write a blog post, like a turtle poking it’s head out of its shell.

Turtles move slowly, but do get ahead. So can you.

So what happens when we move more slowly? How exactly are we better positioned to take it to a higher level and rise in life when we don’t rush?

Energy saved

Everything we do in life requires energy and involves movements of such. When we slow down and make strategic moves, we reduce the amount of energy that is expended. If we engage in too many activities, our energy is dissipated (diluted) and hence less effective, less powerful.

Controlled reactions

Our reactions to the energy of others is better managed. We can choose when, how and if we react to ‘energy displays’ by others. There are various such displays but each one is intended to either bring us closer to, or take us farther from, our objectives. After all, everyone has objectives but only a few of these will truly align with ours.

True speed

What I call turtle moves are actually some of the fastest moves we can make because it’s almost as if we are manipulating time to our advantage. By not reacting when it’s not time or when others expect us to react for their purposes, we are focusing on ourselves and our own growth.

In a way, this can be compared to the Tao which is reversal.

Slow means fast (the writer’s interpretation) | Photo by Djim Loic on Unsplash


When we do turtle moves, we become very successful! If you think about it, our earthly lifetimes are quite short and how we choose to spend our time is one of the most important considerations! If you think about how you spend money—a commodity—shouldn’t you consider how to spend time?

Examples of turtle moves

In the event that you’re wondering what turtle moves look like, here’s a partial list:

  • Don’t jump to react to an energy display—positive or negative. Take your time.
  • About an energy display and how to react, ask yourself, If I react to this, will it move me closer to my goals / objectives, or take me farther away?
  • Examine your personal zeitgeist. This has to do with ‘feeling vibes.’ Does the moment appear conducive for ‘making a move,’ or is there something off which is telling you ‘to wait a little.’
  • Heed your intuition. For a fuller understanding, read a blog post I wrote about this for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global here.
  • Poke your head out. Before making a turtle move, poke your head out to get the lay of the land. Things may have changed out there while you were ‘inside your shell’!

As I write this blog, the ‘fog’ is slowly lifting from Toronto’s grey sky.

As I write, the lay of the land is changing. There are glimmers of hope that the sun will come out.

It’s time to make a turtle move and publish this blog!

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Featured image (turtle) credit: Photo by Randall Ruiz on Unsplash

A New Earth

We can’t ignore our environment when taking things to the next level. That’s because we are not isolated beings but people who live in a particular, interconnected context. We interact with each other in multiple ways on a daily basis.

The big picture requires us to consider the planet we live on, earth.

The environment we live in affects the degree to which we move toward doing the things we’ve always wanted to do and being the person we were always meant to be.

There are so many aspects of life on earth that could be improved, to help us feel that we can, indeed, take things to a higher level.

The short list

  • Pollute less to improve air quality.
  • Recycle.
  • Put in place filtering systems to clean up our oceans.
  • Recognize that we are spiritually connected to all the inhabitants of our planet, and that harm to one represents harm to all.
  • Act in ways that support all people, not a privileged few.
  • Promote economic systems that are fair and can quantumly recognize and stop ill-intentioned players.
  • Make tangible commitments that support the philosophy, ‘Seniors Deserve the Best.’
  • End unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape that stop people from being creative.
  • Remember that, as Albert Einstein said, ‘Everything in the universe is energy and that’s all there is to it!’[1]
  • Consciously choose to elevate our vibration by being the salt and light of the earth.[2] This has to do with shining our light and being proud of our heritage as organic, godly beings.
  • Visualize the kind of planet we dream of.
  • Seek truth—rather than remain in a state of denial—by allowing ourselves to become recipients of universal daily downloads of such. For example, recognizing the truth about what happened in residential schools and acting.[3]

Visualizing a New Earth

The beginning of changing the environment that we live in involves believing that we can start now. We don’t have to wait on external factors to make those changes. For example, the Bible discusses a New Heaven and a New Earth when G-d returns to live on earth.[4]

What I would like to impart is that we don’t have to wait until the end of time to make changes, we can start today.

Our thoughts are more powerful than we know.

The first step, I think, is to imagine the kind of earth that we want to live on.

Here’s what I imagine. Feel free to let me know how you see it.

  • Land and sea life abounding.
  • An opportunity for all—not just a privileged few, as it has been up to now—to enjoy the resources of our planet fully and completely.
  • Respect for all people.
  • Economic justice for all of earth’s inhabitants.
  • Recognizing that we, earth’s peoples, are not alone in the universe.

This blog post represents the tip of the iceberg.

There are surely many more thoughts and actions that we can take as we visualize a new, transformed Planet Earth.

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Photo by NASA on Unsplash

[1] Diler Yazici, ‘I say: “Everything in the universe is energy!” and Einstein confirms,’ Medium, accessed February 8, 2023, https://medium.com/@dileryazici/everything-in-the-universe-is-energy-b03be902831f#:~:text=Famous%20German-born%20theoretical%20physicist%2C%20who%20developed%20the%20theory,that%20reality.%20It%20can%20be%20no%20other%20way.

[2] Matthew 5:13-16.

[3] ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action,’ Canadian Religious Conference, accessed February 8, 2023, https://crc-canada.org/en/ressources/calls-to-action-truth-reconciliation-commission-canada/.

[4] 2 Peter 3:13.

Applied Sensitivity

I opened a new, online Picfair store and am very happy with my June, Twitter promotion to Tokyo, Japan.

This promotion reached 130K+ individuals, far exceeding Twitter’s prediction. I reached approximately 43K people per day instead of Twitter’s 3.9K per day maximum.

I have been focusing on taking close-ups of flowers.

One of the comments I received from Japan was, ‘I wish I could take such beautiful photographs with my mobile telephone.’

Love the flower

My reply to this individual was that they could, if they loved the flower.

When taking photographs, it is the love that we feel for the subject of the photograph that counts.

It is the love and attention that we bestow upon, in this case, the flower that creates the conscious ‘link’ between photographer and flower that, in turn, results in a beautiful photograph.

Masaru Emoto speaks of consciousness and how our thoughts and intentions affect molecular structures.[1] To love the flower means to impart love, affection and appreciation for the peace, beauty and healing properties that emanate from it. The flower then feels this and, in turn, reciprocates by allowing its true essence to be photographed.

This is because flowers are not inanimate objects; they are living beings that feel.

My newfound passion for photographing flowers is intrinsically bound up in taking it to the next level.

When I remove the false concept that a photograph is just ‘point and shoot,’ I acknowledge the preciousness of nature and the privilege I’m given to be able to artistically represent it.

If we ever hope to Take it to the Next Level, we need to ditch the point-and-shoot mentality and replace it with a slower, more caring, more loving approach—to both photography and life itself.

We are one

In many ways, we are bound up with nature.

A truly great photograph results in the photographer becoming united with her subject.

To lovingly pay attention to nature is to allow its healing properties to wash over us.

Applied sensitivity is a pre-requisite

Have you ever wanted to take a class but realized that you hadn’t met the pre-requisite—another class that you had to take first?

Well, we can say that the pre-requisite to capturing a flower’s true essence is applied sensitivity.

More and more people are becoming sensitive to the concept of interconnectivity and conscious interchange these days.

The next step is to apply this understanding in action—in this case photography.

After a typical day as a chaplain—during which time I see illness and sometimes death—the flowers ‘speak’ to me.

The flowers reveal the grace of God and how it always covers us, no matter what.

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[1] ‘Dr. Masaru Emoto and Water Consciousness, New frontiers in mind-body wellness,’ The Wellness Enterprise, accessed online July 11, 2021, https://thewellnessenterprise.com/emoto/.