Liberation in University Life The Study of Axiology

Kinan is a teacher and specialist in human behavior. He is a trained Demartini Method Facilitator, taking individuals and groups through a transformative process of growth and development by dissolving emotional baggage caused by one-sided perceptions. He speaks publically on purpose and fingerprint specific genius. Currently, he is on track to become an herbalist while practicing integrative Thai body work and teaching yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques.

While earning his BA from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a double major in Communication (focusing in film studies) and Humanities, Science, and Environment (HSE), he has been an avid traveler in his studies and experiences abroad. Living in Lugano, Switzerland, he fulfilled a minor in International Marketing. Then traveled to Port Elizabeth, South Africa to intern at a NGO called IMBEWU to develop marketing tactics to generate funds to empower youth of all ages in post-Apartheid townships. Before graduating he traveled throughout Nicaragua on a field study with NGO Green Empowerment to understand implementation strategies with appropriate technology, both sustainable and renewable. After graduation he embarked on a journey to Asia, India, and the South Pacific. Teaching ESL in Bangkok, Thailand led him to a profound yoga teacher in Mysore, India named BNS Iyengar. After training there for 4 months intensively under the ancient Astanga yoga system, he traveled to Melbourne, Australia where he began to accumulate the funds available to land in Denver, Colorado—an alternative health, yoga, and psychology Mecca. There he is developing a means of synthesizing new understandings in human behavior with a broad background in the humanities, science, and technology.

Liberation, release, and relief can be some of the greatest driving forces of a student attending any university or college. Stress and pressure from high workloads, social spheres, and academic achievement are all reasons to want more freedom. Ultimately, every student is on some quest or another for more autonomy, independence, or self-governance—you name it. We could even call this seemingly far-reaching aim sovereignty. Just one glance at our geo-economic and global political atmospheres across the globe will tell us that nations across the planet are on the same mission. Everyone is seeking sovereignty. Life in university can be no different, however the mission for a college student is much more personal.

Looking back at life in college at Virginia Tech only 4 years ago, so many students were experiencing liberty and elation from the drinking culture that is prevalent in most American Universities. While alcohol can serve as a great social lubricant and means of decompression after a week’s long and arduous workload, drinking in excess has many effects that dwindle our motivation, enthusiasm, and inspiration. Many alternatives to liberation exist, but few are as impactful on our life in the most overarching and fulfilling way—a total deliverance. What is the missing link to discovering the most satisfaction from our life endeavors with the smallest amount of uphill battling? Back to sovereignty: Our self-governance matters. The best way that I know of arriving at a sound and balanced dominion over my own life is to understand who I am on an individual level.

At the back of my mind, there has always been a question and inquiry into the smoothest life path of least resistance while also being successful at living my achieving my dream. Any people who can say they have achieved their dream and have experienced ultimate career success —from Jay-Z and Angelina Jolie to Warren Buffett and Bill Gates—have done so serving people. They have fulfilled a niche—a need that no one is addressing, or moreover have addressed a need more effectively and efficiently than the next person. This is what it means to be an entrepreneur. There are two factors in fulfilling a niche: you and the people you serve. The latter comes much, much more easily if you are fulfilled yourself—if you fill your own greatest needs and voids. It is a prerequisite to serving others.

Although many personality tests may point us in the right direction of understanding who we are, no other system of study in my experience has been more effective than that of Axiology—the philosophic study of value and worth. This field is actually one of the least well-known and researched subjects when we take a look at what is offered in universities. Yet, before and during school, many of us turn to one question to lead us to ultimate liberation: What can I do to choose the best major that will earn me the most money that will earn me the quickest right to retire and bask in my fortune while enjoying a lifestyle full of what I love doing? If any human being is honest enough, they’ll agree that there is one thing worth seeking: How do I find a position in a career doing what I love to do most and get handsomely paid for it?

My current teacher, Dr. John Demartini, is an international educator and public speaker in human behavior. He is one person fulfilling the needs of the public in terms of our value systems. Because of Dr. Demartini, more and more people are realizing how important self-worth actually is, how important sovereignty can be. They are seeing how values are intertwined with our personal needs and how the greatest needs/voids in our life actually drive our greatest values. The higher the value, the higher our attention and intention is in relation to it. The highest value that we have is actually where our genius lies. For example, I have perceived a void in my life of not being seen and heard fully by my parents, thus not experiencing deeply authentic and intimate connections with them especially in adventure and exploration. As a result I have gone out in the world to seek a fulfillment of that void. Currently I am putting on public talks, workshops and one-on-one sessions with people specifically related to authentic relationships with others and self.

My expertise has been developing in this area for my entire life, whether I was consciously or unconsciously aware of it, yet I still carried the burden of feeling “I should” do this or that I “have to” do that. Determining my highest values has been one of the most profound exercises in leading a more rewarding life. My days have been full of more independence, autonomy, and sovereignty because I have a full awareness of who I am, what I function best in, who and what I gravitate towards, and it’s all in relation to what I value most—where my heart lies. Since I have discovered specifically that which results in the most inspiration and gratitude in my life, I have been experiencing more freedom. As I perceived the lack of connection to people and adventure from my parents, I have an immense ability to connect with people and culture as a world traveler.

The universe ultimately wants us to be fulfilled and in love with what we are doing. If we are not, it sets up a feedback system through various symptoms of pain, stress and frustration in order to get us back to our center, where our heart lies. If another person, university, social group, nation, or ideology injects its value system into ours, then we will experience these symptoms. If our actions are aligned with our highest values (that which we love most), then we will experience any amount of challenge and support with an intrinsic motivation and willingness to engage with it; No outside support is needed for us to be motivated to be aligned to what we love and value most. If not, we will be searching for any means of escaping something that has a lower value to us whether we look for only the vacation and retirement perks of a job we don’t value or justify a relationship is working under another’s set of values. Are you starting to see why honoring yourself an what you see as worth doing is so important?

Finding your highest values means asking yourself this: What do I perceive to be my biggest voids growing up? What do I perceive to have been missing in my life? Our life is always demonstrating what we love because we naturally go towards it. We always have. What do I spend my energy and money most on? What do I think about and visualize most? What do I internally and externally dialogue most about? What do I read about most? Where am I organized the most? What shows up in my personal space the most, and what am I inspired most about? As soon as we pick the major, the job, or the relationship that is incongruent with our highest values, we will experience more conflict and less freedom. If you are willing to serve others—to highlight a specific need that others have and fulfill it—you are an entrepreneur, an innovator and inventor of your own destiny. You have the ability to focus on what you love most and develop a means of serving others through it. The only missing piece is discovering precisely what you love and value most. Your Genius, your highest level of expertise and inner leadership qualities emerge here, practically guaranteeing high achievement.

Procrastination doesn’t exist because you will only be a procrastinator to someone who has injected his or her value system into yours and possibly led you to feel that you value something that really isn’t important to you. Ask yourself seriously what your values are and take out the “shoulds.” You can tell you are living with someone else’s high values any time you find yourself saying “I should,” “I have to,” “I need to.” As Dr. Demartini says, the magnificence of you is far greater than the fantasy of living as anyone else. Find your true voice always pointing toward that which you love and the path of greatest struggle will cease. That is the moment you will begin to lead the path of your own providence, a river of fluidity, the way of sovereignty.

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