“Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well.”–Epictetus, ‘Handbook (Encheiridion)’

Browsing through Chris Weber’s financial newsletter ‘Global Opportunities Report’ for April 2009, I came across an interesting note on survival in various life situations. Weber went into some detail about journalist Ben Sherwood’s book, the Survivors Club.

The main question addressed was–What do survivors and thrivers know about beating the odds that the rest of us don’t?

Sherwood identifies 5 types of survivor personalities:

  • The Connector
  • The Fighter
  • The Realist
  • The Thinker
  • The Believer


Each of these members of the survivors club have a particular set of strengths that they use as tools to survive adversity. Among these tools these were found to be most significant:

  • Adaptability (ability to adjust to changing circumstances) Read an article about adaptability here.
  • Intelligence (the ability to see complex things)
  • Helpfulness to others (healing)
  • Intuition (inner connectedness to external events)
  • Hope (affirming the positive)
  • A faith in the Divine.
    • I found it very interesting that the traits and practices identified as being the most valuable for survival are the very values that karmic healing focuses on and generates. If you are a karmic healer, you are naturally a member of the survivors club. (Read this article about intelligence, adaptability, intuition, hope and faith developed through practical healing experience.)

What's luck got to do with it?

Paraphrasing Epictetus, Weber said,”those who can react to changes as if they were changes that they desired are so far ahead of the rest, certainly when if comes to investments, but the lesson goes for life in general.” He goes on to give the following example–

Lucky people can easily imagine how much worse things might easily have been. Unlucky people fixate on how bad things have been for them. (This is the first law of karma–like attracts like.)

Test yourself: You are standing in line at the bank. A gunman comes in, and fires just one shot that hits you in the arm. Do you think “I’m lucky I did not die.”? You are lucky.

Do you think “A bullet in the arm is bad luck, plain and simple”? You are unlucky.

Handling Fear

The lucky and the survivors are those who can handle fear. Karmic healers have a great advantage–they can use the event to channel healing to the situation thereby changing the nature of the fear emotion into a positive action. They can take additional action that is balanced and effective. They not only survive but they also thrive under all adverse situations–with help from healing!

The Resilience Formula

Weber lists 10 points for those who make the grade to the survivors club. These qualities and capacities develop and become enhanced as a natural consequence of the KQ karmic healing practises.

  1. Be optimistic, but not blindly and unguardedly so.
  2. Identify and imitate a resilient role model, someone either alive or dead who was once written off but then ascended to great heights.
  3. Develop a moral compass, a deep philosophy, and unbreakable beliefs: Religion, ideals or principles greater than you.
  4. Help others, practice benevolence. This can be anything from directly helping those less fortunate to even the simple act of allowing those with less groceries than you ahead of you in line at the checkout counter, or waving a fellow driver through before you.
  5. Develop the ability to learn and adapt to new circumstances.
  6. Face your fears, and learn to control such negative emotions as envy, which can be a huge killer.
  7. Build certain coping skills to handle problems.
  8. Establish a supportive social network
  9. Stay physically fit.
  10. Laugh as much as you can.