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My dreams are spectacular. I am raising money to take practical steps to bring real improvement to the planet

I am saving and raising money to attend an intensive 5 day teacher training seminar in Russia. I want to go to this Seminar because I want to go beyond all of the limitations I've set upon myself, I want to experience this special place which is considered pure and sacred among many, I want to learn even more knowledge and practices to share with the world. If I am able to go to Altai Russia, this proves to me anything is possible - an inner experience that is invaluable, this is an inner state that can be shared with many.

If I am able to raise $4500 I can attend this seminar, fulfill my dream, and return with knowledge and practices that I will use to improve the world - through living it & sharing it. I am reaching out, not for a donation, but an investment in the future. Know that I live my life wholeheartedly, and my highest goals are global improvement and the awakening of true happiness within every human being. I ask for whatever contribution you are able to make, and I am grateful.


My History - Why i want to go:

Graduating high school I didn't see any profession in the world that I wanted to be. I felt very confused by what I was to do next, and then some guidance came and I was inspired to go to the Jungles of Peru and live with an elder Shaman there, a Shaman is a spiritual healer who uses natural plant medicines to cure diseases, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual problems. He is a very practical man, and I lived with him and his family. It is here I learned love, and harmonious way of life, seeing everything as medicine for a healthy life.

Returning to the USA I attended a non denominational 10 day silent meditation retreat - here I experienced the deepest inner peace I have known. It was amazing! To sit and find peace, without any tools. This meditation retreat inspired me to attend many more courses, and also serve these courses. Over the period of 3 years I lived at centers all across the USA, managed 2 centers for periods of time, and developed Standard Operating Procedures for 3 different centers. I also practiced almost an entire years time in silent retreat.

My life was very focused, and I decided I wanted to explore an even more focused way of life. And I was introduced to Buddhist Monastic lifestyle. This tradition is centered around meditation and inner peace, finding harmony within and living that harmony as a way of life. I lived for some time at a couple different monasteries in California, & Missouri, and even ordained as a novice monk for 6 months to truly experience the depth of this way of living. After 6 months I had the clarity that this lifestyle wasn't for me, although I appreciated the tremendous benefits and purity, I would like to explore my own unique gifts more and live in a way that is more in line with the potential I saw inside me.

I never truly considered myself to be Buddhist, or any tradition really. I feel universal, and it is my aim to live in a way that unites people. I feel it is our actions that matter in the world, and I continue to develop myself spiritually because I want to be able to best act for the good of all - with all the practical ability to do that; strong healthy body, excellent communication skills, leadership and organization ability, inner peace & harmony, creativity & innovation, focus & will, and a clear vision & purpose. With the commitment to succeed in whatever I choose.

After returning to worldly life I soon was introduced to a traveling teacher from Siberia Russia. I organized an event for him and I felt the power of his way of living. What he taught was different than any spiritual teachings or traditions I had heard before. He teaches the knowledge of how to be physically health, have harmonious relationships, a successful career, inner peace, develop creativity, the power of focus, and how to organize our lives to serve our highest purposes. In summary he shares knowledge for how to live a happy, successful, and harmonious life. I learned he is part of a school that is nicknamed the School of Happiness, which is in Russia. This school has been traveling around the world for over 10 years, offering workshops, seminars, and personal work, and only now come to the United States.

This is the work that I feel most drawn to. It is universal knowledge that empowers the individual to make improvements upon their life, and live the way they want. I was asked to begin to train to be an instructor, and for the past year have been intensively training and offering classes with practices and knowledge for healthy living.

I left my job and committed myself fully to becoming self sufficient doing what I love, helping others to clearly identify their goals, stay focused, know the steps to succeed, be inspired, active, feel supported, and live their dreams. This is the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done. I earn enough money to live very simply, I save 50% of my earnings towards a 5 day intensive seminar in Siberia, 25% to repaying a loan from my father for a plane ticket, and 25% goes towards paying for gas for my car. I am staying in the house I grew up in with intentions of saving, and I am generously provided fresh foods by my family.

The practical steps of my purposes for achieving global change is to first focus on keeping myself in top health, vitality, high emotions and energetic state. This means every day routine practices, physical exercise, healthy nutrition, different exercises to generate strong emotions, meditation for focus, and very strict discipline of early rising, a curfiew for eating, and much more. I consider myself an urban monk :). To continue to grow and learn I attend workshops and seminars. I have been invited to a very special teacher seminar in Russia. This Seminar is much more than 5 days of information and exercise. It is the culmination of my life. I am finally doing what I've always wanted, living freely and realizing self reliance through sharing my gifts. This school offers knowledge and practices and 5 days of living very actively. The seminar is early morning until late into the night, non stop full on engagement. That means, morning exercise, yoga, then knowledge for how our choices affect us and how we can lose energy in decisions that do not serve our goals, then outdoor hiking, maybe intensive dancing, lunchtime - while talking about what our goals and intentions are, then the afternoon could be going to the Russian Bath House and doing intensive cleansing exercises for the afternoon - alternating between hot steam with breathing exercises and cold water plunge. Then meditation to focus upon our goals and feel the energy of success in the evening... These are just ideas of how intensive these seminars are.

I want to go to this Seminar, to Russia, because I want to go beyond all of the limitations I've set upon myself, I want to experience this special place which is considered pure and sacred among many, I want to learn even more knowledge and practices to share with the world. If I am able to go to Altai Russia, this proves to me anything is possible - an inner experience that is invaluable, this is an inner state that can be shared with many.

My dreams are spectacular. What I see for the world, and how I can help bring real improvement to the planet. I see a world where each individual is unique & values one another, a world that values brother and sisterhood and happiness, a world who listens to wise counsel for the guidance of the course of humanity. I am doing my part now, bringing people together for healthy activities, organizing events like the Vibrant Living Festival, writing articles & books, creating videos, and posting inspiration on my website. I am listening to the requests of the community and responding with workshops and classes. I wish to continue to grow and deepen and increase my ability to create positive change.

A teacher I have been working with called me last night after a workshop I lead, and he asked how my progress was coming for coming to Russia. I told him that I didn't think I could make enough money to come. He said this is a very important seminar for those who are already teaching, the program is very strong and will create a lot of energy for success moving into the New Year. I am prepared to sell my car, sell my computer, all the possessions I have that are of any value. To me this seminar is more than a 5 day workshop on healthy living, it is the culmination of a dream. Living to my potential, seeing what is possible, and empowering me to share this energy with the world!

If I am able to raise $4500 I can attend this seminar, fulfill my dream, and return with knowledge and practices that I will use to improve the world - through living it & sharing it. I ask, not for a donation, but a wholehearted investment in the future. Know that I live my life wholeheartedly, and my highest goals are global improvement and the awakening of true happiness within every human being. Feel this desire within you and feel you are supporting that part of yourself. I ask for whatever contribution you are able to make, and I am grateful.

Thank You

Wishing you Peace, Power, and Success

Joshua Matthew Duncan
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