What The Charts Say: “Complacent” Bulls Remain As S&P Support Under Pressure

The S&P 500 is down 8.02% YTD through the first five sessions of February. This is the second worst start to the year going back to 1928 and the weakest since 2008, when the S&P 500 dropped 8.95% YTD through the first five days of February. This, as BofAML's Stephen Suttmeier details, compares to an average 1.16% gain for this period. The S&P 500 also has bearish signals for the Nov-Jan and January barometers. This is a risk for 2016.

We have made a case for a “sell into strength” tactical rally but the S&P 500 has not gotten much strength to sell. Many short-term indicators are becoming less supportive. The 5 and 10-day put/call ratios look complacent. Indicators that recently generated tactical oversold buy signals, such as the VXV/VIX ratio, Williams %R, the NYSE McClellan Oscillator, and slow stochastic, are rolling over. Both the 14-day Williams %R and McClellan Oscillator hit overbought before falling. Daily slow stochastic generated a sell signal below overbought on Friday.

The 5 and 10-day put/call ratios look complacent
Both the 5 and 10-day CBOE Total Put/Call ratios have dropped back toward the more complacent levels that coincided with the prior S&P 500 highs from early November and late December.

There is some room for the put/call ratios to move lower before hitting these complacent levels, but the put/call ratios are much closer to overbought or complacent levels than they are to oversold or fearful levels.

The rally for the S&P 500 from mid October through early November occurred with diminishing price momentum. Following this bearish divergence between the S&P 500 and daily slow stochastic (see red arrows below), buy signals on stochastic have preceded lower S&P 500 highs and sell signals have preceded lower S&P 500 lows.

Daily slow stochastic generated a fresh sell signal on Friday. The risk is for a lower S&P 500 low.

First support under pressure
We previously highlighted using the rising channel from January 20 as a guide for a “tactical” and “sellable” rally.

This channel came in at 1884 on Friday vs. an S&P 500 close at 1880. The channel rises approximately 6 points per session, which means that a failure for the S&P 500 to close above 1890.21 on Monday (2/8) increases the risk for a decisive break of the channel and perhaps 1872 chart support as well. This would expose the 1820-1812 lows. First resistance moves to 1917-1927. This is below the more important 1947-1950 resistance, where a break is required to put in a base for a stronger tactical bounce.

Weak VIGOR & most active A-D line say SPX risk below 1812
Tops for VIGOR, our longer-term volume model, and our US top 15 most active A-D line remain in place.

Both indicators continued to hit new lows last week to reflect a US equity market under distribution. New lows for these indicators increase the risk for new lows in the S&P 500 below 1812.

If SPX follows VIGOR & Most active A-D line, risk of top
Both VIGOR and the US top 15 Most Active A-D line show big tops.

In addition, tops for the Value Line Arithmetic, NYSE Comp, Russell 2000 and the S&P Midcap 400 are also potentially bearish for the S&P 500 (Chart Talk: 02 Feb 2016). In our view, this says that the S&P 500 shows risk below 1812 with the rising 200-week moving average at 1787 and the 38.2% retracement of the October 2011 to May 2015 rally at 1730.

We still are not ruling out a cyclical correction within the larger secular bull market with risk toward 1600-1575.


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6 Quotes From Confucius That Will Have A Positive Impact On Your Life

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Confucius was an extremely prominent Chinese philosopher and political figure. Born in 551 B.C., his words continue to resonate with people all over the world to this day. His teachings are preserved in the Analects, and are focused on creating ethical models of family and public interaction, and setting educational standards.

Confucius has written some of the most influential books in world history, with common threads of positivity, humbleness, respect, integrity, and compassion running throughout. The teachings of so many ancient philosophers still hold great value today, and it is always a remarkably humbling experience to see the depth of wisdom displayed by people who lived so long ago. Our spiritual roots have been largely abandoned in our modern age, and with them, a great deal of knowledge and compassion. Perhaps, if we are to move forward, and live on this planet together as one united race, we may first need to return to some of these ancient principles.

Regardless of what you think of Confucius himself, hopefully these words give you something to think about and give you the push you need to further your own personal development.

“Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never Failing, But In Getting Up Every Time We Do.”

I like to believe that there is no such thing as failing, and that what we perceive to be ‘failures’ are actually stepping stones. It’s amazing how an experience in your life can change just by shifting the way you think about it. Easier said than done, I know, but it’s a great practice for practicing mindfulness and detachment. Your first feelings about an event are not always the truest indicator of its meaning. Once you shift from viewing certain experiences as ‘failures’ to appreciating them as lessons and opportunities for growth, you will be amazed at how much better you feel, and how quickly they will begin to actually fuel your progress.

Every failure brings you one step closer to success.

“Never Impose On Others What You Would Not Choose For Yourself.”

It’s the golden rule; a teaching that has been found in multiple faiths and cultures throughout the world at various stages of human history. This is something that definitely resonates with me, as I can clearly see that most human beings don’t consciously wish to cause physical or emotional harm to another person, but sometimes our own desires blind us to the needs of others.

It is my belief that we have been taught to think and behave this way, but since that is a huge topic to cover, I will not do so here. I have, however, written about this in depth, and you can read that here if you are interested.

“Wheresoever You Go, Go With All Your Heart.”

“When we can’t say ‘No,’ we become a sponge for the feelings of everyone around us and we eventually become saturated by the needs of everyone else while our own hearts wilt and die. We begin to live our lives according to the forceful should of others, rather than the whispered, passionate want of our own hearts. We let everyone else tell us what story to live and we cease to be the author of our own lives. We lose our voice — we lose the desire planted in our souls and the very unique way in which we might live out that desire in the world. We get used by the world instead of being useful in the world.” (source)

These are the words of Dr. Kelly M. Flanagan, and I believe her ideas have their roots in this Confucian teaching. So many of us live in fear of following our own hearts. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that we must go to school in order get a job, in order to pay our bills and  then to do die. I don’t believe this resonates with many people, and I think more and more people are finding it difficult to just buckle down and deal with it. That being said, if you do find yourself doing something you don’t want to out of necessity, such as an unfulfilling job, perhaps you could use that experience to practice mindfulness.

I have approached every distasteful job I ever had in this way. I chose to find something within the experience that would allow me to better myself in some way, and sometimes it was as simple as doing a little mind hack, shifting the way I thought about the experience to change the way I felt about it. I also made sure to always engage in things I was passionate about, to make time for the things that  brought joy into my life, like research. For as long as I can remember, I have always followed my heart, and was always prepared to suffer the consequences as well as reap the rewards.

The great thing about following your heart is that you can do it at your own pace while still being confined to the requirements of this human experience. The joy lies within the journey, not the destination.

So, the next time you really want to do something, whether it be in the short term or the long term, go out and do it, or draw up some action steps to get there.

“I Hear And I Forget. I See And Remember. I do And I Understand.”

To me, this quote is saying that knowledge gained from experience is the most potent; that we cannot know something fully until we experience it for ourselves. This is why we learn more from our own mistakes than the mistakes of others. I believe it also means that we are capable of learning anything we desire, provided we are willing to put in the practice required to do so. Finally, I believe this quote hangs on the same thread as “actions speak louder than words.”

“Everything Has Beauty, But Not Everyone Sees It.”

This is one of my favourites. Not all of us perceive the world in the same way. Not all of us look at people, places, and experiences in the same way, since what is beautiful to one may be atrocious to another. Moreover, most of us (myself included) go through life without ever stopping to think about existence, or to notice the beauty that exists all around us. Corporate media bombards us constantly with bad news and negativity, and while there are indeed many tragedies and injustices in our world that need to be addressed, the truth of the matter is, there is still a lot of beauty, a lot of good, and a lot of light in this world. We should be paying as much attention to that as we do the things we desire to change.

“Real Knowledge Is To Know The Extent Of One’s Ignorance.”

This sentiment has been expressed by many philosophers in one form or another, and for good reason. Socrates, for example, put it quite bluntly when he wrote that “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing,” for only if we approach learning with an open mind can we truly educate ourselves.

I do believe that we should always question the extent of our ignorance. Being part of the consciousness movement has taught me to always question things, even things I thought I knew already. Our broader understandings of science and technology are always evolving, and we must learn to evolve with them.

Always question what you think you know, and remember that there is probably a lot more to a subject than we currently recognize:

We knew that the Earth was flat, we knew that we were the center of the universe, and we knew that a man-made, heavier than air piece of machinery could not take flight. Through all stages of human history, intellectual authorities have pronounced their supremacy by ridiculing or suppressing elements of reality that simply didn’t fit within the framework of accepted knowledge. Are we really any different today? Have we really changed our acceptance towards things that won’t fit the frame? Maybe there are concepts of our reality we have yet to understand. – taken from the film The Day Before Disclosure

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This Week on The Chris Robinson Travel Show – February 13th & 14th

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Hair-raising auction: Decades old tuft of John Lennon’s barnet to sell for $12k

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Preview The quiffed hairdos of the English rock group the Beatles were all the rage in the 1960s, and now you can get your very own clump of that famous hair – providing you have more than $12,000 to buy strands pocketed by John Lennon’s former barber.
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Crude Confused After API Reports Across-The-Board Inventory Builds

WTI crude had tanked into the NYMEX close (by the most in 5 months) but managed to get back above $28 before fading into inventory data. Against expectations of a 3.6mm build, API reported a 2.4mm barrel crude build (the 5th weekly build in a row). Even more critically, API reported a 3.1mm Gasoline build (notably above the expected +400k build) and Cushing saw a 2nd weekly build of 715k. WTI ignored it initially but then decided to rally modestly before fading to unch.

 

Builds across the complex..

 

The reaction… lower…

 

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The Return Of Crisis

Submitted by Chris Martenson via PeakProsperity.com,

Financial markets the world over are increasingly chaotic; either retreating or plunging. Our view remains that there’s a gigantic market crash in the coming future — one that has possibly started now.

Our reason for expecting a market crash is simple: Bubbles always burst

Bubbles arise when asset prices inflate above what underlying incomes can sustain. Centuries ago, the Dutch woke up one morning and discovered that tulips were simply just flowers after all. But today, the public has yet to wake up to the mathematical reality that over $200 trillion in debt and perhaps another $500 trillion of un(der)funded liabilities really cannot ever be paid back under current terms. However, this fact is dawning within the minds of more and more critical thinkers with each passing day.

In order for these obligations to be reset to a reality-based level, something has to give. The central banks have tried to modify the phrase “under current terms” by debasing the currency these obligations are written in via inflation. Try as they have, though, they’ve been unable to create the sort of "goldilocks" low-level inflation that would slowly sublimate that massive pile of debt into something more manageable.  

Wide-spread inflation has not happened. Why not? Because they've failed to note that plan of handing all of their newly printed money to a very wealthy elite — while a socially popular thing to do among the cocktail party set — simply has concentrated the inflation to the sorts of assets the monied set buys: private jets, penthouse apartments, fine art, large gemstones, etc. So yes, their efforts produced price inflation; just of the wrong sort.  

Even worse, all the central banks have really accomplished is to assure that when the deflation monster finally arrives it will be gigantic, highly damaging and possibly uncontrollable.  I'll admit to being worried about this next crash/crisis because I imagine it will involve record-setting losses, human misery due to lost jobs and dashed dreams, and possibly even the prospect of wars and serious social unrest.

Let me be blunt: this next crash will be far worse and more dramatic than any that has come before. Literally, the world has never seen anything like the situation we collectively find ourselves in today. The so-called Great Depression happened for purely monetary reasons.  Before, during and after the Great Depression, abundant resources, spare capacity and willing workers existed in sufficient quantities to get things moving along smartly again once the financial system had been reset.

This time there’s something different in the story line: the absence of abundant and high-net energy oil. Many of you might be thinking “Hey, the price of oil is low!” which is true, but only momentarily. Remember that price is not the same thing as net energy, which is what's left over after you expend energy to get a fossil fuel like oil out of the ground. As soon as the world economy tries to grow rapidly again, we’ll discover that oil will quickly go through two to possibly three complete doublings in price due to supply issues. And those oil price spikes will collide into that tower of outstanding debt, making the economic growth required to inflate them away a lot more expensive (both cost-wise and energetically) to come by. 

With every passing moment, the world has slightly less high-net energy conventional oil and is replacing that with low-net energy oil.  Consider how we're producing less barrels of production in the North Sea while coaxing more out of the tar sands. From a volume or a price standpoint right now, the casual observer would notice nothing. But it takes a lot more energy to get a barrel of oil from tar sands. So there's less net energy which can be used to grow the world economy after that substitution.

Purely from a price standpoint, our model at Peak Prosperity includes the idea that there’s a price of oil that’s too high for the economy to sustain (the ceiling) and a price that’s too low for the oil companies to remain financially solvent (the floor). That ceiling and that floor are drawing ever closer. When we reach the point at which there’s not enough of a gap between them to sustainably power the growth our economy currently is depending on, there’s nothing left but to adjust our economic hopes and dreams to more realistic — and far lower — levels.

When this happens most folks will undergo a "forced simplification" of their lifestyles (as well as their financial portfolios), which they will experience as disruptive and emotionally difficult. That's not fear-mongering; it's just math. (And it's the reason why we encourage developing a resilient lifestyle today, to insulate yourself from this disruption, as well as be able to enter the future with optimism.)

Too Much Debt

Our diagnosis of the fatal flaw facing the global economy and its financial systems has remained unchanged since before 2008. We can sum it up with these three simple words: Too much debt.

The chart below visualizes our predicament plainly. It has always been mathematically impossible (not to mention intellectually bankrupt) to expect to grow one's debt at twice the rate of one's income in perpetuity:

All but the most blinkered can rapidly work out the fallacy captured in the above chart. Sooner or later, borrowing at a faster rate than income growth was going to end because it has to.  Again, it's just math. Math that our central planners seem blind to, by the way — all of whom embrace "More debt!" as a solution, not a problem.

Despite being given the opportunity to re-think their strategy in the wake of the 2008 credit crisis, the world’s central banks instead did everything in their considerable power to create conditions for the most rapid period of credit accumulation in all of history:

Lesson not learned!

The chart's global debt number is only larger now, somewhere well north of $200 trillion here in Q1 2016.  But consider, if you will, that entire world had ‘only’ managed to accumulate $87 trillion in total debt by 2000 (this is just debt, mind you, it does not include the larger amount of unfunded liabilities). Yet governments then managed to pour on an additional $57 trillion just between the end of 2007 and the half way point of 2014, just seven and half short years later. 

Was this a good idea? Or monumental stupidity? We’re about to find out.

My vote is on stupidity.

Banks In Trouble

In just the first few weeks of 2016, the prices of many bank stocks have suddenly dropped to deeply distressed territory. And the price of insurance against default on the bonds of those banks is now spiking.

While we don't know exactly what ails these banks — and, if history is any guide, we probably won’t find out until after this next crisis is well underway — but we can tell from the outside looking in that something is very wrong.

In today’s hyper-interconnected world of global banking, if one domino falls, it will topple any number of others. The points of connectivity are so numerous and tangled that literally no human is able to predict with certainty what will happen.  Which is why the action now occurring in the banking sector is beginning to smell like 2008 all over again:

Gundlach Says 'Frightening' Seeing Financial Stocks Below Crisis

Feb 5, 2016

 

DoubleLine Capital’s Jeffrey Gundlach said it’s “frightening” to see major financial stocks trading at prices below their financial crisis levels.

 

He cited Deutsche Bank AG and Credit Suisse Group AG as examples in a talk outlining bearish views at a conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday. Both banks fell this week to their lowest levels since the early 1990s in European trading.

 

“We see the price of major financial stocks, particularly in Europe, which are truly frightening,” Gundlach said. “Do you know that Credit Suisse, which is a powerhouse bank, their stock price is lower than it was in the depths of the financial crisis in 2009? Do you know that Deutsche Bank is at a lower price today than it was in 2009 when we were talking about the potential implosion of the entire global banking system?”

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This time it looks like the trouble is likely to begin in Europe, where we’ve been tracking the woes of Deutsche Bank (DB) for a while. But in Italy, banks are carrying 18% non-performing loans and an additional double digit percentage of ‘marginally performing' or impaired loans. Taken together, these loans represent more than 20% of Italy's GDP, which is hugely problematic.

The Italian banking sector may have upwards of 25% to 30% bad or impaired loans on the books. That means the entire banking sector is kaput. Finis. Insolvent and ready for the restructuring vultures to take over.

On average, in a fractional reserve banking system operating at a 10% reserve ratio, when a bank's bad loans approach its reserve ratio, it's pretty much toast. By 15% that's pretty much a certainty. By 20% you just need to figure out which resolution specialist to call. At 25% or 30%, you probably should pack a bag and skip town in the dead of night.

This handy chart provides some of the context for Europe more broadly. I’ve highlighted everything from Europe in yellow, showing how the banks there currently top the list of awfulness:

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The extreme weakness in European financial shares, combined with other factors, is dragging down Europe’s stock market dramatically. The decline has now wiped out all of 2015’s market gains and has broken convincingly below the neckline (yellow line, below) of a typical “Head & Shoulders” formation: 

Since the beginning of the year, the stock prices of these select banks are down (as of COB Friday 2/5/16):

  • DB -28.3%
  • Credit Swiss -29.9%
  • MS -22.6%
  • C -22.0%
  • Barclays -21.7%
  • BAC -21.2%
  • UBS -20.3%
  • RBS -19.6%

Those are pretty hefty losses over a short period of time, and that’s meaningful. While the headline equity indexes are managing to keep their losses minimized, these bellwether stocks from the critical finance sector are stampeding out the back door.

And when I say ‘critical’, I mean in the sense that a hefty amount of the overall earnings within the S&P 500 and other major stock indexes were fraudulent profits were derived from the banks feeding on central bank thin-air money and front-running central bank policy.

What's there to worry about? Well, just pick something. It could be a combination of headwinds conspiring to drag down bank earnings from here. Take your pick: reduced trading and M&A revenue, and lower profits from ridiculously flat yield curves and negative interest rates.

However, we have to include the possibility that No more bailouts are coming. Why not? Mainly because it would be politically incendiary at this moment to even try such a thing. Public resentment of the banks is high all over the world, and in the US specifically, there’s an election primary that is hinging for the Democrats on Wall Street coziness. Maybe the markets are pricing that in? 

Or it could be that these banks have been playing with fire (again) and got burned (again). We know for sure that a number hold a boatload of junk debt from the energy sector that will need to be written off. And we suspect many are staring at losses from writing too many derivative contracts that have turned against them.

But It Gets Worse; A Lot Worse

If only the greatest near-term risks were limited to the bad actions of the banks. But that's sadly not the case.

The collapse in the price of oil has been vicious, but it's likely not done. The oil patch has morphed into a capital-destruction zone for many drillers and as we have been warning all last year, the fallout is going to be worse than we can imagine. And it's just getting underway.

In Part 2: The Breakdown Has Begun, we lay out our prediction for the terrifying wave of defaults that will swamp the energy sector soon, as well as the many, many related industries that service it. Avoiding losses during this period will be the key priority. And precious metals will regain their role as a preferred save-haven asset class — a victory long-suffering bullion holders should cheer.

We are now in the chaos management phase of this story. Take care to make smart choices now. Your future prosperity depends on it.

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Deutsche Desperation & Twist Talk Save Stock Sheep From Slaughter

What a day… this seemed appropriate…

Dow futures show the utter craziness of the intraday swings today as Japanese collapse led to panic-buying on "Rock Solid" Deutsche comments which led to dumping on oil's collapse after IEA supply glut issues which led to panic buying at the open (amid chatter of Operation Twist 2 by The Fed) followed by panic-selling as oil careened lower only to see stocks ripped higher again as DB unveiled a desperate bond buyback plan… which ran stops and then utterly gailed…

Small Caps were worst on the day… and Trannies ended green…

Much of the day's late-day exuberance was after Deutsche announced a half-hearted desperation play – buying back its "cheap" debt with its scarce liquidity… It failed to even get the stock green on the day…

As we detail here...Deutsche Bank may very well be in trouble.

Late last month, Europe’s most systemically important bank reported a truly epic loss of $7 billion, the first annual loss since the crisis and since then, its CDS spreads have been blowing out as the market begins to contemplate the unthinkable.

 

Meanwhile, the stock is trading near all-time lows and as we said when John Cryan announced the official results for Q4 and 2015, don’t be surprised to see the equity trading in the single digits by year end.

 

Even as the likes of Wolfgang Schauble proclaim there’s nothing to worry about, the bank’s own actions tell a different story. As FT reports, the bank is now set to buy back billions in senior bonds to shore up confidence. “After European banks suffered a second consecutive day of sharp falls, Deutsche Bank is expected to focus its emergency buyback plan on senior bonds, of which it has about €50bn in issue,” FT reported in Tuesday afternoon. “

 

“The bank’s shares still fell 4 per cent, taking the decline since the start of the year to 40 per cent.”

 

The plan doesn’t involve Deutsche’s CoCos, which have come under heavy pressure over the last several days with yields soaring as the market increasingly doubts the bank’s ability to make good on its subordinate debt. Deutsche will need to make coupon payments in April.

 

“Deutsche Bank has plenty of scope for a bond buyback, with €220bn of liquidity reserves,” FT notes. Of course the bank’s  liquidity  position will be diminished thanks to the buyback and the buyback is only necessary because the market is concerned about the bank’s liquidity. So there’s a bit of a chicken-egg scenario going on with this truly absurd attempt to calm markets by reducing debt

 

In any event, we seriously doubt this will do anything to restore some semblance of confidence in the bank which, you’re reminded, is sitting on a derivatives book equivalent to 20 times Germany’s GDP.

Bargain?…

The collapse of credit risk continues to signal more pain to come for US equities – especially the more credit-sensitive small caps..

Oil's collapse weighed energy stocks down… with financials managing to get back to unch on DB's news…

Financial credit risk spiked to its highest since 2012…

And Energy credit risk hit record highs…

Bonds weren't buying the equity craziness…

Treasury yields were mixed with a weak 2Y auction (after Twist 2 rumors) pushing front-end yields higher and long-end lower…

The Dollar limped lower once again, with early JPY weakness fading and Swissy strength leading the way…

Despite USD weakness, commodities were lower across the board but it was crude and copper that were clubbed…

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Anadarko Slashes Dividend By Over 80%

Just days after ConocoPhilips became the first major to slash its dividend, moments ago Anadarco followed suit and announced, just one week after it reported earnings that, it too would virtually halt distribution to shareholders, when it said that it would cut its dividend – the first such action in decades – from 27 cents to just 5 cents per share, an 81% cut, and far above the more modest expected reduction of 14 cents.

The Board of Directors of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) today declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of 5 cents per share, payable March 23, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 9, 2016. The quarterly dividend represents a 22-cent reduction from the prior level of 27 cents per share.

 

“We believe this adjustment to our dividend is the appropriate action to take in the current environment,” said Al Walker, Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO. “On an annualized basis, this action provides approximately $450 million of additional cash available to enhance our operations and financial flexibility. Our Board will continue to evaluate the appropriate dividend on a quarterly basis.”

Expect most other energy companies to follow suit, citing the “current environment” as the reason for halting distributions to shareholders.


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20 Things To Do In Your 30s To Help You Feel Great At Age 50

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What advice can help us grow so that we feel great, not only right now, but also as we age? The first thing I want to touch on is the fact that we must not lie to ourselves and think that we will always feel amazing. This is an illusion we sometimes strive for through personal development work but can never attain because it is not only impossible but, quite frankly, not all that helpful. Allow me to explain.

The challenges we face and the lows we experience are great feedback mechanisms for us to learn and grow. Avoiding them or pretending they are not there is not only unhealthy, but also keeps us bypassing what our lives and experience are trying to show us. The key is learning how to experience a ‘down point’ and not dwell or get stuck in it for long periods of time — simply allowing the feedback of the experience to be what it is so we can observe it, learn from it, and move forward.

This is perhaps one of the most powerful lessons we can learn in our own personal journeys. Below are 20 more pieces of advice and wisdom that have been gathered from around the internet from multiple people to help you pave the way for a happy and healthy future. I believe there is something for everyone here.

Comparing yourself to others – Whether it’s an iconic figure or even a friend or co-worker, many of us have a natural tendency to compare ourselves or our circumstance to that of another. Think of how many times you may have said, either vocally or under your breath, “must be nice” when looking at a facet of another person’s life. But just as the famous saying goes: the grass will always seem greener on the other side. Whether or not the grass actually is greener has no true bearing on the only grass we should be focused on — the one right below our feet. The moment we stop comparing and instead focus on our own experience is the moment we are most likely to both find peace in things being the way that they are and motivation to change them should we feel the need to.

Start listening to your own inner voice. Whether you want to call it your inner voice, your heart, gut feelings, intuition, soul, higher self, higher perspective, or any other name you give to the real YOU that is beyond your mind, listening to that voice a little more often makes a big difference in your life. It’s YOU! It’s there to guide you, to show you your passions and what paths make the most sense for you at any given moment. The more you listen to it, the less you will listen to the mind, which can often over analyze or bring emotional patterns into your decisions. Listening to your inner voice is following your heart.

Letting the fear of making a mistake stop you from doing something – Mistakes certainly can be a frustrating experience, but never are they worth holding yourself back from doing something you feel pulled to do. We all know we learn from our mistakes, but we need to also remember that we learn even more from stepping outside of our comfort zone and doing something different or new.

Maintain (or repair) relationships with parents and siblings. Even if you have very complicated relationships with them, you still need to find a way to get along. Family ties are extremely important. Sooner or later you’ll understand that your family is the most valuable thing you’ll ever have.

Collect memories instead of things. You are the sum of your experiences. Don’t wake up when you’re 50 and realize that you’ve wasted your life gathering possessions. Memories won’t depreciate and can’t be burned in a fire.

Give something back. Give to others so you feel the goodness that service brings. However you give, do it with your full heart, soul, and effort. Expect nothing in return.

Take up sport. Get into an active lifestyle right now, so you’ll be a lot healthier by 50. Exercise regularly and keep your weight within normal levels. Look after yourself.

Learn to be content with what you have. Happiness matters far more than worldly success. If you are content with what you have then you may be a bit less likely to end up a millionaire, but you will have a happier life. And if you do become a wealthy person in the process, you’ll be a more happy, fulfilled, and productive wealthy person.

Don’t delay pursuing your life goals. Want to buy a house? Have kids? Write a book? Get a second degree or advanced degree? Change your career? Learn to play a new musical instrument? Learn to cook gourmet meals? Try scuba diving? Run for public office? Start a business and be self-employed? Then start today. It’s easy to put things off and tell yourself, “I’ll get to that someday.” But it’s really true that time starts accelerating as you enter your 30s, and it just keeps accelerating. The time that you’ll get around to those dreams should be now.

Get some sleep. A dark room or sleep shades will block out light. No bright screens before bedtime. Go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time.

Take care of your teeth. Go to the dentist already! Get your little cavities fixed as they come up. Unlike many bodily health issues, dental problems only get worse — and things like crowns and implants are uncomfortable, time-consuming, and expensive. If you have a good savings and income, the bills won’t be the painful thing — but there’s no getting around the pain and the time suck.

Be curious. Get out of the house and have an adventure right now. Make it as big as you can possibly manage, take lots of pictures, throw caution to the wind, take on the risk. If possible, include someone you’re close to — make a BIG memory. It needs to be measured in days, not hours or minutes. You’ll still be smiling about it when you’re old.

Stop eating crap. You can make a lot of money in your 20s, 30s, and 40s to buy the whole world when you are at age 50 or beyond. But you cannot buy your health. Give up on fast food, right now.

Trying to re-live/make up for your past — As I previously mentioned, your past does not define you, and that applies whether you look upon it favorably or as something you wish you could forget. As fun or torturous as reminiscing can be at times, in the end nothing truly matters outside of this moment. Rather than preoccupy yourself with a comparison to another point in time, why not try giving all of your energy and attention to the one that is right in front of you?

Learn to meditate. The list of benefits is endless, and while it only costs you a small portion of each day to practice, the change it effects in your life and the people you love will be enormous. And, these days, there is no shortage of scientific data to back up the value of incorporating meditation into your life.

Travel. As much as possible, whenever you can.  Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than yourself. It’s about experiencing true risk and adventure so you don’t have to live in fear for the rest of your life, and inspiring others to step out of that fear, too.

Just reading & not doing — As amazing as books, quotes, and even articles such as this one can be to help remind us of what we already know, we must also begin putting these things into action. Allow these resources to become a starting point rather than a regularly needed reminder.

Journal each day. You will definitely forget more of your precious memories than you’ll remember. Your written records will entertain and endear you in your future. Your computer should make this archiving all the easier to implement and retain/recall. Put files on memory sticks with photos. Your kids (or surviving spouse) may someday love you for it.

Take care of your friends. Choose people who make you feel like you already are your best self, who challenge you by their example, and who you genuinely enjoy. Nurture them. Laugh with them. Be silly, too. Contribute to their survival and enjoyment of life. Take the time every week to be in touch.

Start being fully honest with yourself. Being fully honest with yourself is so important, as we can get caught up in convincing ourselves that various things don’t bother us or aren’t a challenge for us. We might even be guilty of ignoring certain characteristics about the current version of ourselves. Honesty is needed in every aspect of our lives, whether it’s with other people, ourselves, our work, and so on. The more honest we are, the more we can grow from our experiences and keep things simple. You learn a lot about yourself when you are honest.

H/T: Brightside, Distractify

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Sphere Alliance Message #132A Pure Love Meditation for the Red Dragons,A conversation with Isis (the being) & Nabrac New data on the Golden Dragon & Dr Fu, and additional data on the Chinese Red Dragon Clan

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By American Kabuki,
with  telepathic and technological galactic communication assistance from Denice.

Note: This is a compilation of conversations, that now can be see as being linked although I didn't really grasp that fully until the 9th of February.  There's much I don't understand yet in regards to the Golden Dragon symbol, and I don't know if there is any link at all to the Golden Dragon family clan in China.  Too soon to know. ,

We have a bit more data on who Dr Fu is, that too has not been fully revealed to me yet.  

Please note the Galactics speak from there perspective and the data may be incomplete, or have inaccuracies.  They are not unique in that, as my own data base is continuously expanding as a learn more.  I present the data as it was passed to me.  View it as their perspective on my questions. Sometimes there's data in what is not said as well. 

My sense is there is much more yet to be revealed shortly, which will alter what I know, and what the Galactics know.  

I have only just begun accessing the Shambala data, I have no estimate of when that will be completed. 

[1/29/16, 12:51:39 AM] AK/Terran: Hello Sherran are you available?

[1/29/16, 12:52:41 AM] DEAR ONE/TERRAN. IT HAS BEEN CENTURIES! I SHARE WITH HUMOUR. I HAVE FOUND MY HUMOUR ESSENCE. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 12:52:57 AM] AK/Terran: It was always there! ;)

[1/29/16, 12:53:35 AM] TERRAN THERE IS MUCH JOY HERE. SO GREATLY SHARED AMOUNG ALL OF US AND "BEAMED" TO YOU. AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 12:54:56 AM] AK/Terran: It is assisting all humanity greatly.  Shifts are occurring rapidly, and the worst that is seen is only some stomach nausea at moments.  We are not sure why that is, perhaps the rapid change.  Not unlike a roller coaster ride I suppose.

[1/29/16, 12:56:49 AM] AND NOW TERRAN I SHARE WITH YOU THIS ONE DELIGHTFUL TIDBIT. I HAVE PERFECTED A PILSNER. IT WAS NOT MY FIRST GOAL. IT WAS NOT ON MY "RADAR" AS THEY SAY. IT IS A GIFT TO ALL OF YOU.  I DO BELIEVE ALL WILL FIND IT DELIGHTFUL AND REFRESHING. IN ANTICIPATION, SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 12:57:24 AM] AK/Terran: WONDERFUL!  A GOOD PILSNER IS A DELIGHT! 
 WONDERFUL ON HOT DAYS!

[1/29/16, 12:58:18 AM] TERRAN. DELIGHTFUL AND FUN AND FROTHY. I DO BELIEVE WE WILL IN JOY IT TOGETHER. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 12:58:33 AM] DENICE: (Andreas is here too ;) )

[1/29/16, 12:58:35 AM] AK/Terran: WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF WINTER.  SPENDING MORE TIME READING NOW THAT DENICE HAS OTHER THINGS ON HER PLATE.

[1/29/16, 12:58:40 AM] AK/Terran: HELLO ANDREAS!

[1/29/16, 12:59:25 AM] DEAR ONE/TERRAN. I DO NOT INTERRUPT YOUR MOMENTS WITH SHERRAN. THERE IS IN FACT A GREAT DEAL THAT YOU BOTH MUST SHARE. MOVEMENT IS ACCELERATING. I WAIT FOR ANOTHER MOMENT. AnDREAS. END.

[1/29/16, 1:00:51 AM] AK/Terran: SHERRAN, HOW IS MORALE ON THE SPHERES?  I DO NOT THINK IT LONG NOW.  

[1/29/16, 1:01:44 AM] AK/Terran: Thank you Andreas.

[1/29/16, 1:01:53 AM] TERRAN. SPIRITS ARE HIGH. ALL IS SO ACCELERATED. WE DO "SEE" AND "FEEL" THE "SLAGGING" AND "PERSPECTIVE" OF DELAY.  FEEL THIS FROM ME NOW. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A "DELAY.". SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:02:28 AM] TERRAN. I DO WISH TO SHARE A SINCERE MOMENT WITH YOU NOW. THIS IS ONE THING THAT I "FEEL" IS "PRIME" TO SHARE. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:02:36 AM] AK/Terran: NO… WE KNOW THAT.  JUST SOME JOKERS WHO WANT TO PERSIST IN LOWER FREQUENCIES. NOT WORKING SO WELL FOR THEM.

[1/29/16, 1:19:40 AM] YES. TERRAN FOR THIS SERIOUS MOMENT I SHARE THAT I DO FEEL THAT THERE MAY BE A METHOD FOR YOU AND I TO "SEE" EACH OTHER. RIGGOLT INDEED TRIED TO LAND. HE IS FULL OF JOY. HE WILL NOT BE HELD BACK. HE FLIES HIS "SWEETIE" CONSTANTLY. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:20:42 AM] AK/Terran: TELL ME MORE!  I AM WORKING THE CONSCIOUSNESS SIDE OF THIS EQUATION.  HEATHER TELLS ME IT HAS MUCH TO DO WITH ME LETTING GO OF PRIOR BELIEFS AS TO MY PERSONAL PERCEPTION. SHE SEES YOU ALL.

[1/29/16, 1:21:43 AM] TERRAN. IT IS A "DOING" THAT YOU AND I MUST TRY TOGETHER.  IT WOULD BE A DIRECT HEART TO HEART DOING. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:21:51 AM] AK/Terran: HAD AN INTERESTING VISUAL MOMENT TODAY, LIKE ANOTHER REALITY WAS ABOUT TO COME THRU.  SO PERHAPS I AM CLOSE.

[1/29/16, 1:22:07 AM] AK/Terran: I AM ALL EARS SHERRAN.

[1/29/16, 1:22:26 AM] AK/Terran: I'M NEVER DOING THE AMNESIA THING EVER AGAIN…

[1/29/16, 1:23:38 AM] TERRAN. IT IS MORE OF AN IMPLEMENTING OF THE I-TECH.  I FEEL THAT IF YOU AND I MAKE A DIRECT HEART CONNECTION. WE MAY SHARE AN ENERGY AS NEVER BEFORE.  YOU ARE ME AND I AM YOU. YOU ARE THOR AND HE IS YOU. YOU ARE RIGGOLT AND HE IS YOU.  I "FEEL" THAT A HEART TO HEART CONNECTION IS PIVOTAL. RIGHT THIS VERY NOW.

[1/29/16, 1:24:16 AM] SO THIS IS MY MERE SUGGESTION. YOU RELAX AND I SEND YOU MY ENERGY. YOU FEEL MY ENERGY IN YOUR HEART CENTER. YOU "BOOMERANG" THAT ENERGY TO ME WITH YOURS.

[1/29/16, 1:24:35 AM] AK/Terran: YES I THINK THAT MAY INDEED HELP.  I CAN "PING BACK" THE ENERGY WITH EASE.

[1/29/16, 1:24:53 AM] THEN WE PERHAPS "BOOMERANG" THE HEART ENERGIES TO ALL OF "US". INCLUDING STAN. X. WHO STANDS BY. IN HUMOUR. THAT ONE DESERVES IT. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:24:52 AM] AK/Terran: JUST YOU NOW OR ALL OF YOU 3?

[1/29/16, 1:25:37 AM] TERRAN. I SEND TO YOU. YOU "PING" BACK TO ME. THEN WE "COLLECT" THE ENERGY AND "PING" IT TO THE OTHERS. SHERRAN.END.

[1/29/16, 1:25:45 AM] AK/Terran: I LOVE STAN X (IN A WHOLESOME NON-THREATENING BUDDY KIND OF WAY) (rotfl)

[1/29/16, 1:26:11 AM] TERRAN. I SHARE WITH SUCH HUMOUR. HE IS MORE YOU THAN YOU KNOW. IN JOY. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:26:22 AM] AK/Terran: Okay…let me lay down. Works better that way.  I am at the desk computer at the moment. Give me a moment.

[1/29/16, 1:27:06 AM] AK/Terran: STAN X iS AN INTERESTING BEING.  PERCEPTIVE TOO.

[1/29/16, 1:27:41 AM] TERRAN WHEN YOU ARE PREPARED. I SEND YOU MY HEART. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:31:27 AM] TERRAN. ALLOW ME TO PREPARE FOR THE EXPANSION OF MY ENERGIES. WHEN YOU ARE READY ALERT US. I SHALL SEND TO YOU GENTLY AT FIRST.  IT SHALL EXPAND IN PURE LOVE. SEND IT FORTH WHEN YOU "FEEL" IT IS READY TO GO. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:32:37 AM] AK/Terran: I am in position Sherran

[1/29/16, 1:33:51 AM] TERRAN. ON MY MARK I SEND YOU COMPLETE AND FULL LOVE. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:34:06 AM] AK/Terran: Ready on my end feeling you already

[1/29/16, 1:34:09 AM] SENDING. NOW. SHERRAN. END.

[1/29/16, 1:34:45 AM] TERRAN. ALLOW IT TO FILL YOU AND THEN "PING" IT TO ALL OF "US". STAN. X. IS PREPARED TO "SEND" IT IN A "REMIX". SHERRAN. END.

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