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Unravel Joy: Benefits & Challenges

Unravel Joy: Benefits & Challenges

What are the benefits of happiness? People who are happy don’t suffer from depression, doubt, or anger as much. Happiness helps you be productive, problem solve and be creative. It can help you be more sociable. It can help you have more success at work, […]

Unravel Joy: Defining Happiness

Unravel Joy: Defining Happiness

Why do you want to be happy? Is it because you think it will help you have better relationships, improve your job prospects, or enjoy the little things more? You need to have a big enough reason or else you won’t be motivated to go […]

Unravel Joy: Introduction

Unravel Joy: Introduction

Why do you want the things you want? For many, the obvious answer is because they want to BE HAPPY. This leads to another question, how do you think you can achieve happiness? This is where things get tricky, but for many people, the answer is found in external factors. This could be through the attainment of material things like a car or a house or through the praise and approval of others. This is the path most people take, but did you know that there is another option?

It’s called eudaimonic happiness. Eudaimonic happiness is happiness that comes from within regardless of the environment or circumstances. This course focuses on the way that you can unwrap the layers that are preventing you from experiencing this JOY in your own life.

We will look at 6 layers:

  1. DESIRE: How have society, friends or parents influenced your desires? Do you know what your authentic desires actually are? If so, what are they?
  2. LIMITING BELIEFS: What are the beliefs that are holding you back?
  3. IDENTITY/EGO: How can you kill your old identity and reveal who you truly are?
  4. TIME: How much time are you spending thinking about the past or the future? Is this taking away from your ability to focus on the here and now?
  5. CONDITIONING: How can you shift patterns and conditions that are triggering drama and unhappiness?
  6. MOOD/EMOTIONS: How can you intentionally create emotions within you that are positive?

If you’re tired of the negativity in your life and are ready to discover what true happiness looks like, then I encourage you to join me on this journey.

Are you ready to unleash the joy within you? Learn how to let go of limiting beliefs, feel excited and motivated to succeed, re-wire your brain to create more happiness now, and take back control of your feelings and emotions. I want you to experience joy in your daily life. I want to see you reach your highest potential. And I want to help you do it! So, let’s begin this journey of exploration together.

Contact me through e-mail: alexanderrobleto@outlook.com
Facebook: @jorgerobleto

Disclaimer: Many of the concepts in this course are from © Copyright Transformation Academy

Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

Discover Your Life Purpose: Childhood Influences

Discover Your Life Purpose: Childhood Influences

You may think that the people around you, and society at large, have little to no influence on who you are… but that’s just not true. If you take the time to reflect on your beliefs and where they come from, you’ll soon realize how […]

What Have I Done With My Life?

What Have I Done With My Life?

You wake up and head to the bathroom like you always do. You start to brush your teeth, but as you stroke your toothbrush up and down, you notice something different this morning. Your eyes… they no longer twinkle like they used to. What happened […]

Discover Your Life Purpose: Introduction

Discover Your Life Purpose: Introduction

I recently started to help some friends develop goals for their lives, and begin the process of making them a reality. What I discovered though is that goals only make sense when you know what your purpose is. If you don’t know WHAT you want to do with your life, then the motivation will not be there to actually follow through on any goals.

Knowing your Purpose is the foundation to attaining fulfillment and happiness. Once you figure out WHAT, then you can move on to HOW. It’s a process, and it’s one that I want to help you through.

The FIRST step to having clarity on your life purpose is to understand how the beliefs of your parents, friends and society have influenced you. And to distinguish whether these beliefs help you grow or whether they are holding you back.

Then, you have to look at your PASSIONS and interests. What makes your heart beat faster? What makes your eyes light up?

TALENTS and skills are the next point of analysis. Are you naturally skilled at something? What talents have you developed throughout your life? What’s important to remember though is that just because you’re good at something does not mean it’s a part of your purpose. I was always good at Math in school, but it’s not something I want to spend the rest of my life doing.

Understanding your PERSONALITY type is the next step. When you better understand who you are, you can then unlock what your natural gifts are, your strengths and the type of people that you need to surround yourself with in order to succeed.

Taking time to look back on your life EXPERIENCES may help you discover some forgotten truths. They may also shed light on what you were made to do.

COINCIDENCES or seemingly random events will be the next focus. Sometimes, these unexplainable occurrences hold clues to where your life is headed.

Thinking about your own BELIEFS that hold you back, and creating new ones that will EMPOWER you comes next. “It’s too hard, I have no time, I’m too old” are common beliefs many people hold that limit them and create a barrier to fulfillment.

Once you have taken all of these steps, it will be time to reflect on everything you’ve learned and write down your life purpose.

Are you ready to discover your life purpose? Learn how to take advantage of your natural talents, embrace your passions, understand your personality and create beliefs that will empower you to live a fulfilling life. I want you to find meaning and joy in this life. I want you to pursue your dreams and to believe that they are possible. And I want to help you do it! So, let’s begin this journey of exploration together.

Contact me through e-mail: alexanderrobleto@outlook.com
Facebook: @jorgerobleto

Disclaimer: Many of the concepts in this course are from © Copyright Transformation Academy 2017

Note: featured image by Flavio Pasco

Wild And Free: A Conversation with a Conservationist

Wild And Free: A Conversation with a Conservationist

Geraldine Morelli started her own charity in support of wild animals in 2014, and after connecting with her through Instagram, I asked her if she would do an interview with me. Art intersects with so many aspects of life, and finding ways to not only […]

Croissant + Muffin = Cruffin: The Interview

Croissant + Muffin = Cruffin: The Interview

My wife and I had the chance to travel to the island of Mallorca in February and spent some really enjoyable days in the Spanish sun. On our last day there we decided to do a city tour of Palma. Whether by luck or providence, we […]

The Man Who Talks to Lions: Benny Rebel

The Man Who Talks to Lions: Benny Rebel

Benny stands at the entrance of his home and warmly welcomes me in. His demeanor is calming and gracious. I automatically feel transported to another part of the world as everything in the apartment is Africa-themed. We sit down and after he offers me something to drink we begin our interview.

The most obvious of questions is how does a man from Iran living in Germany become a wildlife photographer in Africa?

As a child I liked to watch documentaries about lions and other animals. We had an old t.v. in our home, and while the rest of my family wanted to watch movies and shows, I fought to watch documentaries about Africa. And I fell in love with Africa. Ever since then, it was my dream to go to Africa, sit on a tree and watch the giraffes and zebras roam free. I never gave up on that dream and I worked hard to reach it. In 1995, I finally got the chance to go for the first time. When I arrived in Uganda and got out of the plane, for the first time in my life, I felt like I was coming home. This feeling has never changed. Every time I go to Africa it’s like coming home.

My wife is always worried because she says I forget to drink or eat. She says,  ‘you hang around the lions and forget everything else.’ I really do forget everything else. Nothing is as important.

What is your favorite place in Africa?

I cannot say exactly what my favorite place is because at different times in the year, it’s a different place. In February, the best place to be is Tanzania. Wildebeests, zebras and other animals give birth. Thousands of animals are born and where there are this many animals, predators are not far away. They attack their prey. So a lot is happening in front of your eyes. It’s interesting to see all of this. In August, the great migration takes place in Kenya, in the Masai Mara. It also depends on what you want to see. Namibia has the most beautiful landscape. For me, it is the most beautiful country in the world in terms of landscape.

If you haven’t seen Africa, you have really missed out. The wild parts of Africa, where you can go on safari are the best parts. Eastern Africa down to the southern tip is where you find the big game and safari areas.

Our conversation transitions to some of the problems that Benny currently sees in Africa today. 

The amount of space for the animals is continually diminishing. The number of people there now really scares me. I remember 20 years ago while traveling through South Africa, the 300 km road to Kruger park was mostly empty land, open savannah or protected areas. Today, when you travel the same road all you see is city after city. There are only a few open spaces that are owned by private game reserves. It is horrible to drive on these roads now. In Kenya, Tanzania, it is the same everywhere.

Do you ever worry you will not see these animals in 20 years?

Of course. There are environmental protection organizations that have different ways to approach these problems. WWF tells people that if they keep their natural treasures they will profit. This organization appeals to the greed of men to do something good and that’s the only way to keep people away from the animals. If they don’t see profit in it, they will kill it. Part of my job is to show the beauty of nature and make people want to conserve this beauty. When people want to see these animals they go on safari with me, take photos and spend lots of money in these countries. Billions of dollars are spent in Africa because of safari. Many corrupt governments in Africa only keep reserves open because of the money coming in through safaris. They would sell it right away if there was no money in it. Even now they try, although these places are under protection, to sell the rights to oil companies. Africa is rich with resources and many of the national parks have resources underground. The governments always try to see where they can make more money. If it’s tourism, they keep it. If it’s not, they sell it. The biggest problem in Africa is corruption.

What are some of the things you are doing to help improve the situation there?

I support environmental organizations like Greenpeace and WWF. To conserve what is left. To show the beauty of Africa. To try and keep alive the wildlife for the next generation. Sometimes they ask me to support them with their projects. We create projects together. For the last 20 years I always give a part of my income to different environmental organizations. It’s not just promoting but also giving them money so they can run their projects. That is something we can all do to help.

There are problems, of course, but what are some of the positive aspects of this continent that draws you back?

There is no place on the planet with more adventures to be had. There are so many beautiful places. You can still have the feeling that you are the first person walking down a path. That’s the reason why I spend six months a year in Africa. There are still places where I can escape civilization, go for adventures and do photography. I have many friends there. Although we know there are many problems, we enjoy our lives to the fullest. I don’t sit at home depressed, I know what’s going on, but I try to enjoy my life. I have made friends among the animals. I am also able to pay my living expenses with what I love to do. To get paid to do what you love is one of the greatest gifts. Many friends of mine are rangers. They would never do anything else. The rangers are not well paid. They have their small income but they are happy. They smile when they come back from their day walk. It’s a big difference between making 500 dollars a month and your body is finished because you’ve worked in a factory or if you make your 500 dollars by going on safari with other people. Sitting and watching the animals. It’s a different life. If I wasn’t a photographer I would be a ranger. I would live as a ranger. I studied to be a ranger and that’s why I can work with animals because I know many things that others don’t know. That’s why I can sit in front of lions and cheetahs.

What can you teach me about the so-called dangerous animals from your encounters with them? 

I was attacked by lions, leopards, rhinos, anything that is dangerous attacked me. The reaction you have to these attacks is always important for your survival. If you know how to react, you will live to tell about it. If you observe the animals closely you will notice that different animals come across each other every day. For example, elephants chase away lions with a mock charge. And when the lions want to drink and there’s a cheetah, they try to charge them away. It’s not a real fight, it’s a charge. What they are saying is, ‘this is my territory.’ The animals didn’t want to kill me. I was simply in their way. So it’s important that you know how to handle it. When it comes to this situation. I have learned that you must stand tall. In the case of big cats, you need to make yourself bigger, shout at them and be aggressive. Make them feel threatened by you. The energy is what makes the lions stop. I have photos and videos right in front of lions. Two lions attacked me, but they didn’t kill me.

Can you tell me about your most recent projects?

I have written five books. A 3-D book I wrote is in five languages. My newest and largest book is in English and German. It is a fine art book that comes in two versions. The cover is made of luxury acrylic glass, and the back of the book is made of the finest Italian leather. I also made sure to have the highest quality photo book paper from Japan. It is a book for art collectors, investors of art and people who just love Africa.

What is your message?

The nature in Africa is beautiful. There are still empty and wild places on this planet to explore. We must conserve them for the next generation.

I walk away from my conversation with Benny Rebel content but also with some concerns about whether or not we will be able to conserve the natural wonders of the world. Society is so obsessed with material things and wealth, that we forget to value nature. We are always in pursuit of the next big thing. The next new gadget or toy to purchase. All while we exhaust our natural resources and negatively impact our planet. Will we still have the opportunity to witness the roar of a lion, the speed of a cheetah, the strength of the elephant in 20 years from now? That will be determined by the actions we take today.

You can have a look at Benny Rebel’s fine art book by clicking on this link. You can also purchase limited edition fine art prints on his website benny-rebel.de. Benny Rebel offers photographic safaris through Africa. A land that he has extensive knowledge about. You can find more information about these tours right here.
On The Orlando Shooting

On The Orlando Shooting

  By Lady Vanessa Cardona & Sara Al Souqi It was an hour when I was alone. I pumped up la musica en mi casa and allowed Colombia to rise from the floors of my home. It was an hour where the call to prayer […]

Sade Andria “Phoenix” Zabala: The Interview

Sade Andria “Phoenix” Zabala: The Interview

Who is Sade Andria Zabala? There is no simple answer and that is what fascinated me about this poet and writer. She writes with a ferocity that cuts at times but always impacts meaningfully. She imaginatively places words next to each other and somehow digs […]

Can Anything be Done about the Inequality in the World?

Can Anything be Done about the Inequality in the World?

Can anything be done about the inequality in the world or are we doomed as a species to continue to oppress the weak, the poor, the less fortunate?

If you look at the general development of the last couple centuries, you might become really frightened. The rich are getting richer and the proportion of poor people is growing from century to century. The gap between rich and poor is continually widening.

The wealthy elite of society has tried to expand their wealth and hoard it. Many of us believe that the ideal life is not only to be financially independent but to accumulate great wealth. In a free market economy, there are no real limits to increasing our wealth to an immeasurable amount. Moreover, most countries do not provide any protection for the poor and vulnerable as they are detrimental to the economic and social rise of a country.

The greed of the few is more important than the suffering of the many.


I offer a two-part opinion on the subject. On the one hand, this is just a drop on a hot stone because the few development aid projects around the planet cannot entirely resolve issues that are perpetrated by a rising population and a growing gap between rich and poor. So, if nothing world-changing happens, our species will continue as usual, if not worse. There will be greater uprisings and unrests, as people become conscious of the injustices due to the modern advantages of the Internet.

On the other hand, every effort to do good and to combat injustice is a step in the right direction. In the age of the Internet, the lore of good can spread around the world within days or even hours. Thus, it is only necessary to have the right person, the right positive leader who can stimulate the whole world to think and act better. Personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela achieved huge success within their lifetimes. Today, such personalities could reach more people in less time. So there is a chance that our species will develop towards a different state of mind about inequality.

Mother Theresa once said, “we ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Julius Henne is a voracious traveler and nature seeker. Follow him on Instagram or Facebook.

Note: featured images by Katy Mendez

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