5 Morning Rituals for Success

5 Morning Rituals to Get Your Day off to the Best Start Ever!

I’m a writer. I write Science fiction, dabbling in Fantasy here and there. But I don’t do any writing until I finish my morning rituals.

What do I mean?

I used to work for Anthony Robbins. He taught us several amazing routines to get our day started on the right track. I still use some of his routines today while incorporating others that also seem to work well.

A brief background: I used to be a sports therapist with almost twenty years experience in that business, teaching healthy habits, better posture and correct walking patterns to my clients, along with performing deep tissue massage, propreoceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and osteopathic-like techniques. That was a mouthful. I just wanted to give you a quick credibility check.

I digress…

…and to the rituals we go.

~ Ritual One ~

Make Your Bed.

The first thing I do in the morning is make my bed. It’s quick and it’s easy. It tells your mind and body that you are ready to start the day. My son taught me this from his military training.

Why is this important? It only takes one minute and starts a healthy habit for the day. It’s a constructive and organized routine that equals movement, accomplishment, and it is your first “success” of the day. It’s the first goal you tackle, and the first goal you complete. I even read somewhere that making your bed in the morning kicks off a ripple effect to better overall decisions throughout your day. You’re taking the morning by the horns and telling the day that you are ready, in control, and are willing to achieve your goals.

The effect of this routine is priceless. It not only gives you a greater sense of well being, it also brings organization to your life — immediately. Believe it or not, the more you do this ritual, the more your thoughts and actions become organized. An organized room eventually leads to an organized home. An organized home reduces stress and creates a clarity of mind.

There’s a lot of “organized” in that last paragraph.

The best part? It only takes a minute to make your bed.

~ Ritual Two ~

Drink lemon water.

If you look up the benefits of lemon water, it will lead you to thousands of google results. This is something that Anthony Robbins taught me, and it’s something I do every morning.

Water should be the first thing you consume after waking up. Why? You’ve spent all night taking shallow breaths. Sometimes — and this isn’t for everyone — you may have spent a minute in the night not breathing at all, or snoring, or, or, or…

What has accumulated through the night with that type of breathing? Toxins. Lemon water is one of the quickest ways to detox and refresh your body, bringing more vitality to you within the first few minutes of your day.

Here is a short of what it does:

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Hydrates your lymph system
  • Wakes you up
  • Promotes healthier skin
  • Improves your mood
  • Detoxes your liver
  • Balances your pH level
  • Helps weight loss
  • Freshens your breath
  • Nourishes you with Vitamin C
  • Boosts your energy level
  • It’s antibacterial in nature, containing pectin fibers that help clean your colon
  • Aids with proper functioning of your central nervous system

So, the first thing one should do after making their bed is to get some filtered water, pour it in an 8 to 12 oz glass, and either place a drop of doTERRA’s lemon oil (like I do) in that glass of water, or cut an organic lemon in half, and squeeze that half of lemon into that glass of water.

Don’t gulp it down. Drink it slowly. Ideally, you want to enjoy it while doing the next ritual.

~ Ritual Three ~

Daily Gratification.

Grab a pen and paper, or your journal. Write ten things that you are grateful for in this moment. If you’re broke, be grateful that you have money. If you are rich, be grateful you have money. Do you see that? Just. Be. Grateful. What will it harm? Nothing. What will you gain? Everything.

I learned this from life coach, Lia Dunlap. Look her up.

Do you like the wind that is flowing through your window and touching your skin? Write that down and be grateful for it.

Here is a few from my list:

  1. I am grateful for the talk I had with my daughter last night.
  2. I am grateful that my counseling session yesterday as it helped me with my financial questions.
  3. I am grateful that my books are selling better than ever.
  4. I am grateful…

…you get the point. Gratitude is one of the best, if not the best, magnets to a more fulfilling life. The more you get into this habit, the more your life will transform. Don’t be afraid to open up when you are writing these gratitudes. And, try not to be surprised if you start to tear up. Tears cleanse the soul.

*Side Note that I learned from Lia Dunlap about goals: If you have goals that you would like to accomplish, then after you have completed your ten gratitudes, this is a good time to visualize the end result of your goal(s), feeling what you would feel when you accomplish your goal(s), imagine you have already achieved your goal(s) and placing yourself in the picture, and fill that picture with as much detail as possible.

~ Ritual Four ~


Even for just five or ten minutes. I exercise between twenty and forty minutes every morning. I exercise on something called the cellerciser, a specially made mini-trampoline that folds up and can be stored anywhere without hassle.

If you’d rather get outside and go for a ten, twenty, or sixty minute walk, then even better. Being in nature is one of the best ways to ground and re-energize, plus walking everyday is extremely healthy.

Whatever exercise you do, do it well and with intention to better your day. Always try to improve your daily exercise from one day to the next. Walk an extra mile today, or run an extra minute. The idea is to increase your activity from one day to the next. This tells your body, soul, and mind that you are increasing and improving your life.

~ Ritual Five ~


This is my favorite of all my rituals. Why? Because it tastes so dang good. Do this after you exercise.

If you have a blender or a vitamix, then this is for you. I like to change my smoothies up every so often as to not dull myself with the same ingredients every morning, but for this writing, I’ll just give you one recipe. A yummy smoothie I had recently:

  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 organic orange
  • A handful of organic strawberries
  • A handful of organic frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of grade B maple syrup (great mineral content)
  • 1 tablespoon of spirulina (a superfood)
  • A half a cup of organic coconut milk or filtered water (I use filtered water on most days)

~ Ritual 6 ~

I start writing. I’ve been able to improve my writing because of these basic rituals. I type faster regarding word count (how many words I can type an hour), plus I have a clearer, more organized mind. Overall, I simply can get more done throughout the day.

~ ~ ~

I know, I told you there were only 5 rituals. In truth, we have a dozen or more rituals we do daily, either consciously or unconsciously. The best rituals are the ones that start our day off right because it cascades into the rest of the day.

I hope this helped you a little bit or a lot. I wrote it as laymen as I could, so everyone could get the gist of my 5 morning rituals.

Also, remember to click on the heart after reading this. It gets more readers to this article and if you feel this article helped you in some way, then paying it forward is another good ritual to include, or continue, in your life.

Much Love!

Brandon Ellis

Ancients built Gigantic Power Plants

In my search for reputable sources on ancient technologies, I have come across many credible and highly educated individuals with knowledge that isn’t widely spoken about in the mainstream.

In one such case, welcome Chris Dunn, who has been on PAX Television, the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Lifetime Television and most recently on the History Channel in the Ancient Alien episode “The Evidence”.

He has extensive background as a craftsman, starting his career as an indentured apprentice in his hometown of Manchester, England. Recruited by an aerospace manufacturing company, he immigrated to the United States in 1969. Over the past 49 years, Chris has worked at every level of high-tech manufacturing from machinist, toolmaker, programmer and operator of high-power industrial lasers, Project Engineer and Laser Operations Manager. For the past 16 year, he has served as Human Resource Director for a Midwest aerospace manufacturer.

What is so important about Chris? He has conducted extensive research on Egypt, how the pyramids were built and why. Not only are the pyramids his cup of tea, he has also taken a lot of interest in a few ancient statues dating back to when the pyramids were built. These statues are as wondrous and as incredibly constructed as the pyramids.

Brandon Ellis: Regarding the Ramses statues at Luxor and Memphis, Egypt, you’ve found that they are perfectly symmetrical. Can you explain exactly what that means so people can get an understanding how difficult it would be to create those statues today?

Chris Dunn: To be more precise, I noted an extraordinary level of precision and symmetry on the head of the statue. However, I would not invoke the terms 100% or perfect as these imply a level of examination that has yet to be employed. The tools I used, while much more advanced than what was available when I first visited Egypt in 1986, are not as advanced as what is now available to manufacturers, engineers and architects, such as 3-D optical scanning and analysis hardware and software. I also noted in my book, Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt, that there appears to have been a method where that contoured surfaces were machined and other features, such as the eyelids and the sharply defined lips appear to have been finished using a different tool and method, such as hand tools.

BE: What types of machines do we use now to create this type of perfection?

CD: If we assume that the contoured surfaces have similar precision to other less complex surfaces I have measured in Egypt, I would select a 5-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine that uses an ultrasonically driven tool bit. Before the advent of CNC, models and tracing equipment on milling machines would have had to suffice. Before that, I doubt it could be done.

BE: Has anyone in history ever carved something so perfectly?

CD: I don’t know of any hand carved statues that display such precision and symmetry.

BE: You’ve found sacred geometry all throughout the way they designed and carved the statues?

CD: The Golden Section, used to create the Golden Rectangle and Triangle is implied within the features of the face. The Flower of Life, a sacred Egyptian symbol, also finds correspondences in the spacing of the mouth, eyes and nose.

BE: Have you found any other statues with symmetry similar or as exact as the Ramses statues?

CD: There are other statues that have the appearance of similar symmetry, but I have only given cursory attention to these.

BE: Were those statues carved out of rock or were they delivered from a rock quarry? If delivered, how did they possibly move such large tonnage?

CD: The Luxor Ramses are red granite from the Aswan quarry. It would make sense to rough out the shape before taking it from the quarry and delivering it to the machine shop for semi and final finishing. The methods they used to transport it is a perennial question. My opinion is that the technology and methods they used made the task much easier that we can imagine.

BE: Now, to the pyramids of Egypt. I’ve found some sources that have claimed that the pyramids are some type of terraforming device. Have you found similar evidence?

CD: That’s an interesting speculation. The pyramids exist due to terraforming, and I believe were a critical component in shaping the environment.

BE: Have they found that the pyramids have an energy or “power” coming off of them and can be used as an energy device?

CD: That is what I propose in my first book, The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt.

BE: You’ve mentioned that there is evidence of electrical cables and terminals in the Great Pyramid. What evidence suggests this?

CD: My interpretation of the function of Gantenbrink’s so called “door” states that it was used as a fluid switch and that the copper rods that protrude through the limestone block and which are redirected into the back of the block are electrodes. There is also what appears to be electrical symbols painted near the electrodes on the floor of the shaft behind the “door”.

Side Note: For those who are not familiar with Gantenbrink’s door, I perused the internet for the best explanation, and out of all the websites I visited, the best explanation came from lecturer and researcher Ellie Crystal of Crystal Links. She explains: “In 1992, German engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink, explored the shafts in the Queen’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid using a crawler robot he designed, called Upuaut II. He discovered that one of the shafts was blocked by what appeared to be a limestone door due to its two eroded copper handles. Upuaut II was unable to navigate around earlier explorers’ rods that were jammed in the passage.

In 2002 the National Geographic Society created another robot, iRobot or Pyramid Rover. The iRobot team had a simple solution to Gantenbrink’s problem. They turned the robot 90 degrees and sent it up the shaft gripping the walls instead of the ceiling and floor. In this manner, it was able to ride over the top of the obstacles. iRobot’s trek up the Northern Shaft revealed another blocked door similar to Gantenbrink’s Door.”

BE: In your opinion and research, why do you think the Pyramids were created?

CD: The evidence indicates that the Great Pyramid transformed seismic energy into electrical energy. I would speculate that the pyramids around the world were built to relieve the stresses in the Earth’s crust and stabilize the planet.

BE: Can we duplicate the construction of the pyramids today?

CD: If the political will and money was available, a way could be found to build a Great Pyramid. Just like a way was made to land on the moon. President Kennedy gave the directive and scientists and engineers got to work removing obstacles that got in the way of making it happen.

Thank you, Chris Dunn.

After further research and study of source material on various theories, Chris concluded that the pyramids must have originally been built to provide a highly technical society with energy—in short, it was a very large machine. Discovering the purpose of this machine and documenting his case has taken the better part of twenty years of research and following the 1998 publication of Chris’s book, “The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt” which describes a holistic energy device that is harmonically coupled with the Earth and its inhabitants.

Chris has published over a dozen magazine articles, including the much quoted “Advanced Machining in Ancient Egypt” in Analog, August 1984, and has had his research referenced in over a dozen books on Egypt. In the United States he has appeared on PAX Television, the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Lifetime Television and most recently on the History Channel in the Ancient Alien episode “The Evidence”.

Chris’s second book, entitled “Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs” was published by Inner Traditions/Bear & Company in June of 2010. In this work, Chris focuses on an important aspect of his research into the manufacturing capabilities of the ancient Egyptians and through his engineer’s eye and camera, reveals to his readers previously overlooked magisterial characteristics of Egyptian architectural and manufacturing wizardry.

Thank you for reading this and, like always and in all ways, Much Love to you!

Brandon Ellis