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Developing a Spiritual Mindset

In the current educational environment, it’s becoming increasingly important for one to develop a holistic approach to education, both for childhood education and continuing personal development throughout your entire life.

With the advent of research into the benefits of meditation, mindfulness, and other spiritual practices, it is more important now than ever that one recognize the importance of including spirituality as a part of his personal development.

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Spirituality vs. Religion

Firstly, I want to point out there are some major differences between spirituality and religion. Spirituality, at its most fundamental, has very little to do with any established religion. By contrast, religions take spiritual principles and apply them through specific doctrines.

Thus, the recommendation that one begin a spiritual practice should not be misconstrued as a recommendation to join any particular religion. Rather, it is the idea that one should focus attention on developing himself as an individual, and begin to ask a few key metaphysical questions.

First among them has to do with the individual purpose and meaning for existence. The answer to this can only be established through an intense inner search, which is aided through the development of meditation and mindfulness as daily practices.

When one begins to turn his attention inward, he finds that the importance he places on many worldly things, such as fame, success, wealth, etc, become secondary to his spiritual development.

If this is a topic area you’re interested in exploring, there are a number of recommended books you might explore to do so.

Recommended Reading

Developing the habit of reading diverse spiritual books and listening to meditations, audiobooks, and other recordings, is essential for learning how to focus yourself inwards.

Here are a few of the top resources you might checkout, courtesy of

The Seat of the Soul – A book byGary Zukav that argues for a new evolutionary perspective of humanity as we transition from five-sensory physical beings to multi-sensory spiritual beings.

The Power of Intention – One of the later works by spiritual author Wayne Dyer, this book is a good look at how you can improve your spiritual centeredness by focusing on the intention you emit throughout every action in your life.

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A Course in Miracles – One of the more religious books on the list, this work establishes the importance of looking for God (defined by the author as unconditional love) throughout every aspect of your life.

Ask And It Is Given – This is a channeled book by Abraham Hicks, which talks about coming back into the knowledge of “who you really are,” which is infinite oneness with All That Is, and an incredibly powerful, creative being.

There are many other books you might want to check out, so see the full list on the site for more information.

Learning The Law of Attraction with The Secret and How To Win Friends and Influence People

About The Law of Attraction

attract successThe Law of Attraction is a theory that originated in the late 19th century and has become increasingly popular over the years. Although it “originated” just over 100 years ago, the truth is that many world leaders throughout history have been followers of this belief, and the core principles underlying it have taken a number of different forms.

Basically, the Law states that like attracts like, and that your mind is the primary governing factor of both the good and the bad elements that appear in your life. In order to design your life to order and build the things you want, you need to focus on improving the dominating thoughts in your mind, and having them match the frequency of the good you want.

This is a parallel to the law known as The Law of Vibration, which articulates why the Law of Attraction works: all matter is essentially energy, and all energy vibrates at a specific frequency. You are in harmony with an object or an idea when you vibrate at the same frequency as it.

Applying this To Business with Dale Carnegie

It took me a long time to understand the principles behind the law of attraction, but one of the books that really helped me to get a hold on it was Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People.

This book isn’t really about business. It’s about mindset. It’s about the ability to connect with people by obeying a few simple rules, and these rules are in conjunction with the ideas behind the law of attraction as well, since you can literally attract into your life the relationships (either business or personal) that are going to help you achieve your goals!

When you think about it, it really is an amazing concept!

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Learn More

If you want to learn more about the principles I just talked about in this post, I recommend you read the full versions of the books listed above.

The Secret is definitely one that will change your life, as you’ll begin to attract your own success into your life, while How To Win Friends and Influence People will help you to create better connections and improve your business through the development of relationships!

Personally, I prefer to listen to audiobooks, which I find to be a better way to get the information to seep in to my mind. You can download the How To Win Friends and Influence People audiobook, or get The Secret at

You might also consider checking out some of the programs offered on this topic by the Proctor Gallagher Institute, which trains individuals to incorporate these laws into their daily lives. There are also a bunch of great, real-life inspirational stories using this law on

Using Computer Programming To Improve Viscount Designs

computer modelingOne of the great aspects of being contemporary historians in the field of mechanical engineering is that we frequently get to take a look back and consider how certain designs, such as those of the Viscount, could have been improved had its makers had access to computer technology and modern day programming techniques.

To flesh out this thought experiment, we actually took to the ground and simulated a few working models of the aircraft and identified different areas where technical design flaws may have been present due to a lack of technical understanding.

Here’s what we found.

The Experiment

To write a computer simulated model of the Viscount 35 and begin to disassemble the plane using software. Through this software, identify elements that could have been improved in the design, using only the technological materials available during its era.

The design of the software was implemented in Ruby on Rails. Learn more about writing software with Ruby at Coding Rookie, or check out a free course from

The Results

The results were pretty incredible.

What we found was that the key elements that could have been improved were all due to minor optimizations of the craft.

For instance, by adjusting the forward wing crew line by approximately 1/8th of an inch on each side, the plane would have had better lift, and required 8% less fuel, which also would have enabled the craft to fly longer distances or reach its destination faster, depending on the implementation chosen.

Similarly, tilt of the tail wing by a 0.08 degree shift towards starboard would have resulted in a more balanced flight across the entire aircraft, again increasing flight efficiency.

All in all, we identified about 20 of these minor optimizations. In each case, the shift was a relatively minor one, and would have involved no major updates to the craft design. That is to say, there’s no question that even if one were to implement every single one of the optimizations, the overall design of the plane would not have changed, and it would still invariably be a Viscount 35.

What a fun exercise and incredible lesson we can learn from it! We hope you’ve enjoyed this tidbit and look forward to providing more in the future! If you’re interested in reading more on this topic, we recommend you check out this article on aircraft performance improvements.

Viscount Parts Needed

viscount partsWe are currently in need of the following Viscount parts, can you help us?
Complete set of weather protection covers: Cockpit Cover, Nose wheel Cover, Main wheel Cover, Spinner Covers, Entake pressurisation cover,
Wings: Perspex wing tip lenses for the main wing navigation lights
X1: Spinner
Engineers seat
X1: Complete prop unit inc hub