20 December, 2008
28 November, 2008
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
If you ask someone to say where he is, he will point at his arm, his hand, his body. He knows little beyond that. There are many who if asked, 'But where do you think you are in your body?' will say, 'In my brain.' They limit themselves to that small physical region which is called body, thus making themselves much smaller than they really are. The truth is that man is one individual with two aspects, just like one line with two ends. If you look at the ends, it is two. If you look at the line, it is one. One end of the line is limited, the other end of the line is unlimited. One end is man, the other end is God. Man forgets that end, and knows only the end of which he is conscious. And it is the consciousness of limitation which makes him more limited. Otherwise he would have far greater means of approaching the Unlimited which is within himself, which is only the other end of the same line, the line which he calls, or which he considers to be, himself. And when a mystic speaks of self-knowledge this does not mean knowing how old one is or how good one is or how bad, or how right or how wrong. It means knowing the other part of one's being, that deeper, subtler aspect. It is upon the knowledge of that being that the fulfillment of life depends.
When a man has a ragged coat he says, 'I am poor'. In reality his coat is poor, not he. What this capacity or accommodation contains is that which becomes his knowledge, his realization, and it is that which limits him. It forms that limitation which is the tragedy of every soul. Now, this capacity may be filled with self, or it may be filled with God. There is only room for one. Either we live with our limitation, or we let God reign there in His unlimited Being.
30 October, 2008
This 1st video in "The Healing Project" is intended to offer a free, immediate Reiki healing session to an on-line viewer anywhere in the world. In order to get maximum benefit from the session, simply sit comfortably and relaxed, and play the video. That's it! This 6 minute session is offered by Paula Renshaw, utilising Reiki Tummo.
"The Healing Project" was started by artist Kit Glaisyer on Jan 1st 2008, as an experiment to combine new media technology with spiritual healing practices. Visit www.thehealingproject.net
24 October, 2008
THE CIRCLE OF ETERNITY
Close your eyes and let the mind expand.
Let no fear of death or darkness arrest its course.
Allow the mind to merge with Mind.
Let it flow out upon the great curve of consciousness.
Let it soar on the wings of the great bird of duration,
Up to the very Circle of Eternity
From : http://www.satyacenter.com
22 October, 2008
I get a " Content Warning " when I visit Terry's blog, don't let that put you off. It is a beautiful and inspiring blog . In Terry's own words, from his blog :
" Inner-dimensional, Outer-dimensional, United Kingdom
- The ideas behind this blog are several fold. In one sense it’s a way for, friends, family and colleagues to follow my adventures off-grid which are essentially experiments in ‘sustainable’ living. On another level it’s a way for me to publish and write about ideas and concepts that are important to me now in my life. It’s also a way for me to offer, web- links, social-networks and useful resources to those interested in ‘off-grid’ living or alternative life-style choices. Finally, I think that this is also about wanting my individual friends, family and colleagues to see the diversity of both my established friendships and those new friendships which seem to grow daily. I suppose in more ways than one it’s also my way of using technology positively to widen the community circle for myself and others in my life. Thus, ‘the-circle-is-open-but-un-broken’. Please enjoy this blog. Check out the various web-links on the site by hovering over bold or high-lighted texts. Please report any broken links or unavailable resources so that I can mend or re-link them. Here’s my email address: email@example.com "
20 October, 2008
HereSince the day the late Gene Siskel asked me, "What do you know for sure?" and I got all flustered and started stuttering and couldn't come up with an answer, I've never stopped asking myself that question. And every month I must find yet another answer. Some months I feel I hardly know a thing, and I'm always pressed to make the deadline for this column. This time around, in honor of our tribute to the subject, I looked back and came up with my all-time top 20:
1. What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.)
2. You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script.
3. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.
4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (A lesson from Maya Angelou.)
5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
6. What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe.
7. If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Meister Eckhart.)
8. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
9. Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
10. If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
11. Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn't lie.
12. Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.
13. Let passion drive your profession.
14. Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.
15. Love doesn't hurt. It feels really good.
16. Every day brings a chance to start over.
17. Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so.
18. Doubt means don't. Don't move. Don't answer. Don't rush forward.
19. When you don't know what to do, get still. The answer will come.
20. "Trouble don't last always." (A line from a Negro spiritual, which calls to mind another favorite: This, too, shall pass.)
So thanks, Gene, for asking me the question. The answer continues… are 20 things Oprah Winfrey knows for sure .
I’ve never experienced a work or money problem that wasn't in fact a thinking problem.
Banks fail. Stock markets crash. Currencies deflate. We lie, bend contracts, and break our promises when we are frightened. In this confused, fearful, state of mind, you can make millions of dollars and still remain feraful, insecure and unhappy.
I used to believe that I needed more money to be happy and secure. Even when I had more than I really needed, I was often sick with the fear that something terrible would happen and I would lose what I had. I realize now that no amount of money is worth that kind of stress or can possibly be the cause of any stress. If you live with the uninvestigated thought “I need my money to be safe and secure,” you’re living in a hopeless state of mind, especially in these financially mind-challenging times.
After I found that no stressful thought was true, I began to notice that I always had the perfect amount of money for me right now, even when I had little or none. Happiness is a clear mind.
A clear and sane mind knows how to live, how to work, what e-mails to send, what phone calls to make, and what to do to create what it wants without fear.
Who would you be without the thought “I need my money to be safe”? You might be a lot easier to be with. You might even begin to notice the laws of generosity, the laws of letting money go out fearlessly and come back fearlessly. I don’t ever need more money than I have, and I invite you to realize the same truth in your life. When you understand this, you begin to realize that you already have all the security you wanted money to give you in the first place. It’s a lot easier to make money from this position.
Those of us who chase after money to find happiness never think we have enough. And in the process we create stress for ourselves and for others around us, as we pass on our unquestioned fears. Sometimes we worry ourselves sick.
Those of us who see money as unspiritual have trouble charging for our services or feel guilty when we do make money. This is the flip side of greed, and it can be just as painful. What illusions we assign to pieces of paper!
Rich or poor, we believe the same stories over and over again. Is it time for you to end your suffering?
15 October, 2008
Blog Action Day - what is poverty?by tylluanpenry @ Wednesday, 15. Oct, 2008 - 15:56:53
I've been thinking long and hard about this ever since I agreed to do a blog for Blog Action Day. But what is poverty? It's easy to point to the cold, the starving and say 'This is poverty.' It's true.
But there are other types of poverty too, often found in the midst of wealthy nations, a type of poverty that has little to do with whether you are hungry, homeless or cold.
Poverty of conscience - we see this often enough lately, where nobody ever seems prepared to accept responsibility when something goes pear shaped.
Poverty of expectation - I think Oscar Wilde explained this one well when he wrote 'We are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.' Those in the gutter who are content merely to look at the ground suffer from this sort of poverty.
Poverty of hope - where we no longer even dare to believe that things could or should be better; it's a particularly nasty form of poverty because it prevents us helping ourselves or others.
Poverty of the mind - this is when we become obsessed with trivia and the cult of celebrity. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with either provided you get some sort of balance.
I'm sure anyone reading this will be able to come up with other, much better, examples. But it's a start, isn't it?
To define poverty purely in terms of money is to miss the point. Or as the Romans so elegantly put it:
Homo doctus in se semper divitias habet; a learned man always has riches within himself.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed and do nothing.
Last night I decided to " sleep on it " and
this morning my mind is spinning with all sorts of thoughts.
What if there were no poverty?
Does poverty serve a purpose ?
Can you be rich and poor at the same time?
What if the rich gave all their money to the poor and the poor would be rich and rich would be poor ?
What IS poverty ?
What can I do ?
One thing that I have already done is to ask my higher self and world soul for guidance.
I also intend to donate this day to sharing my thoughts on the subject of poverty in order to raise awareness.
Action : I am about to click on THE HUNGER SITE.
I hope you will too .
14 October, 2008
Olivier Manitara shares this on Gratitude:
Stand in living nature, between the earth and the sky.
Feel the earth under your feet; feel how the earth carries
you and holds you up.
Feel the infinite sky above you; it inspires, straightens,
and elevates you.
In the sky, think of the origin of your spirit and
of your intelligence.
In the sky, think of the origin of your eternal soul, of the
higher universal consciousness.
In the earth, think of the origin of your terrestrial soul,
of your individual consciousness.
Feel yourself as a living union of the forces of the sky and
Kneel on the ground, and with your right hand, dig a little
hole in the earth.
Put your hands together in front of the centre of your chest
(mystical heart), in the sign of prayer and inner union with
heaven and earth within you.
In this sacred posture, let a beautiful light, a force, a
presence of the heaven flow through you: the omnipresence
of the Father of all living beings. You can imagine a diamond
light, transparent like pure water.
Bend down with love before Mother Earth, and place your
hands around the little hole. Bend down completely so that
your mouth is laid on your hands.
Offer then by your word the "thank you" of heaven to
Mother Earth; offer also the "thank you" of your heart, and,
through it, the "thank you" of the heart of humanity.
13 October, 2008
" I'm sorry
Please forive me
I love you "
Taking 100% responsibility for your actions.
I first came across Hooponopono through Joe Vitale who writes :
"Two years ago, I heard about a therapist in Hawaii who cured a complete ward of criminally insane patients--without ever seeing any of them. The psychologist would study an inmate's chart and then look within himself to see how he created that person's illness. As he improved himself, the patient improved.......
read more here :Ho'oponopono by Joe Vitale
I AM THE I
OWAU NO KA "I"
"I" come forth from the void into light,
Pua mai au mai ka po iloko o ka malamalama,
"I" am the breath that nurtures life,
Owau no ka ha, ka mauli ola,
"I" am that emptiness, that hollowness beyond all consciousness,
Owau no ka poho, ke ka'ele mawaho a'e o no ike apau.
The "I", the Id, the All.
Ka I, Ke Kino Iho, na Mea Apau.
"I" draw my bow of rainbows across the waters,
Ka a'e au i ku'u pi'o o na anuenue mawaho a'e o na kai a pau,
The continuum of minds with matters.
Ka ho'omaumau o na mana'o ame na mea a pau.
"I" am the incoming and outgoing of breath,
Owau no ka "Ho", a me ka "Ha"
The invisible, untouchable breeze,
He huna ka makani nahenahe,
The undefinable atom of creation.
Ka "Hua" huna o Kumulipo.
"I" am the "I".
Owau no ka "I".
more here ; hooponopono
My focus these past two weeks has been on manifesting what I want and what I need.
There are specific things and some general ones.
I am aware that it is important to have goals - specific goals, but paradoxically I want also be open to what life brings me.
Therefore I intend to be open to everything and anything.
I intend to allow the Light of my soul to move me in the direction I really need to go.
That direction may not be exactly what I expect, but in the long run, it's certain to be indefinitely better.
Today, I intend to allow for any and all solutions to my needs - even solutions I could not have anticipated.
I realise I can't do everything on my own.
I understand that everything that comes into my life is helping me , provided I see these events as opportunities rather than obstacles.
This , or better, I intend for the highest good of all.
Nothing stays the same.
What goes up goes down and back up again.
The sun sets to rise again the next day.
Everything is constantly changing.
Change does not have to be bad.
Change can be good.
Change happens whether I approve of it or not.
are leading to a better life for all.
When I change , everything around me has no option but to change in relationship with me.
I intend go with the flow and to change for the better.
I am willing to change in order to honour what truly matters.
What matters to me is love, beauty, honesty , friendship, integrity and relationship with all that is.
I intend to stay in a central space of peace and harmony in the midst of change,
knowing that only good will come of this.
I intend to be the peace and harmony I wish to see in the world.
This is Oren Lyons . I heard him speak in Stockholm 10 years ago. He represented a movement called The Green Cross. Oren Lyons (b.1930) Oren R. Lyons is a traditional Faithkeeper of the turtle Clan and a proud and accomplished Native American who works tirelessly towards the issues concerning Indigenous peoples in the United States and the world. He is a member of the Seneca Nation and of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, (Haudenosaunee) consisting of Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and the Tuscarora Indian reservations in northern New York state. Among his accolades he has received the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the National Audubon Award, the First Annual Earth Day International Award of the United Nations, and the Elder and Wiser Award of the Rosa Parks Institute for Human Rights.
He is deeply involved with national and international issues that affect native peoples and has represented them in many forums throughout the world, including several at the UN focusing on the rights and status of indigenous peoples, the environment and sustainable development.
12 October, 2008
The birds they sang
at the break of day
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.
I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
and they're going to hear from me.
Ring the bells that still can ring ...
You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
This is from the kabbalah centre (5-11 October)
Ten Days of Repentance. This is what the Kabbalists term the time we are now in. They are the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (beginning this Wednesday night.)
Now it's test time!
Whatever it is we asked for - and worked on during the month of Virgo and the holiday of Rosh Hashanah - we are now proving that we really want to live it.
Bottom line: what are you willing to do to receive the Light you want?
If you want to make more money, then are you willing to donate some of what you already have to charities and those in greater need?
If you want to have a closer connection to the Creator, then are you willing to start sharing (or sharing more) in your community?
If you're looking for love, then are you willing to be more vulnerable and intimate? Are you willing to open your heart up to the people who want to know you better?
We've got to be willing to do something this week. Something tangible.
For those of you who don't live near a Kabbalah Centre and won't be able to attend a local Yom Kippur connection, this is an amazing way to tap into the cosmic window that will open Wednesday night and close the following evening.
Think about what you are willing to do this week to invite the energy of change into your life.
And then do it!
All the best,Yehuda
09 October, 2008
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I hope you know how important you are in contributing to the "all things are exactly as they should be" concept.
Because without you, they wouldn't be.
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08 October, 2008
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,but by the moments that take our breath away.
07 October, 2008
04 October, 2008
- I agree that a world of Love and Gratitude begins with me. I choose to be a conscious mirror and model of the change I wish to see in the world.
- I agree to consciously set an intention for manifesting something miraculous in my life throughout this process.
- I agree to tap into Gratitude on a daily basis and as much as possible in every waking moment. I know that the rewards of doing so flow through and extend beyond me, strengthening the collective field of Gratitude from which we may all derive benefit.
- I agree to be a consistently uplifting inspiration in all my interactions in World Gratitude. I commit to see and mirror back the greatness of each soul who crosses my path. I choose to discover and nurture the light within so that it may shine forth to others and magnify their life.
- I agree to honour each individual's right to choose their own belief system and life path.
- I agree to be open to both give and receive within this community. In all my dealings, I seek win-win, mutually edifying interactions and transactions.
- I agree to be my word in my exchanges with others. I realize that my personal influence is magnified to the degree I am able to keep my word with myself and others. If something comes up and I decide to change what I had agreed upon, then I agree to make that communication as soon as possible to the affected party.
- I agree to love and enjoy my life as much as possible!
- And, last but certainly not least, I agree to be Grateful for ME!
The way out of this financial crisis is for Americans to regain more inner wealth. How is that done?
-- Reject fear and pessimism.
-- Know what your vision is and act upon it.
-- Don't blame others and seek payback when things go wrong.
-- Prosper inwardly through love, generosity, giving, and altruism.
-- Stop identifying with your salary and possessions.
-- Work for the common good whenever you can.
03 October, 2008
We live in amazing times.
We can build big buildings.
Invent the internet.
Send people walking across the moon.
Create fancy iphones.
Keep breasts young forever.
Manufacture vitamins to give you energy.
Formulate Viagra to keep it up.
Create drugs to combat depression to keep it Down.
We build bombs to wipe out millions in a second.
Launch 500 channels on the flat screen.
Create complex car navigation systems.
Invent new weight-loss programs.
Yet we still live in a world where children are starving!
millions are homeless.
We don't teach kids how to communicate.
We have lots of sex but don't make love.
Bigger banks accounts, but less fulfillment.
Faster cars but no time.
More options but less patience.
More education and less sense.
More technology and less touch.
You can clean the air.
But the pollution is in the soul.
This is the real hole
The most important resource, isn't time, oil, money, gold.
It is love.
Without this we may have everything but
life is nothing.
So what is your life about?
So what is your life about?
You can travel the world. Go to great temples, or churches to pray. You can worship the most beautiful statutes, and read the most profound scripture, yet right in front of you is a living expression of divinity.
Take a look: Your children. Your spouse. Your parents. Your brother Co-worker. The homeless person. Your friend. There is no end.
Yet we wait to meet the Dalai Lama, the great Guru or the Pope. For some kind of hope. Waiting for the right moment or special person. When right here in front of you is a living Buddha in the form of your child, or a living Christ in the form of the man that's staring at you.
The whole world is your temple, synagogue, or church.
Remember, it is in your heart. This is where we must all start. In each moment is the opportunity.
At least once a day: Forgive. Reach out. Hug. Cry. Laugh. Connect.
At least once a day:
Trust. look. Sing. Dance. Make a fool of yourself. Risk.
At least once a day:
Give. Touch. Taste. Smile. Wait. Communicate.
At least once a day:
Smell. Relax. Joke. Feel. Yes. Serve.
And most of all say "I love you."
When you dare to open your heart and love, you're free. This is living infinity.
Is there really anything else to do?
Is there really anything else to do?
by KUTE BLACKSON
02 October, 2008
01 October, 2008
by Mystic Goddessa
‘No one can fully explain the mystery of Mantras. Their magical sounds help heal physical imbalances, relax the mind, quiet the emotions and open the heart. They stimulate, activate, motivate and rejuvenate. They help you dance or sleep, laugh or cry, make love or meditate. They help you forget some one or find some one.’ Henry Marshall
It’s important to commit to chanting your mantra 108 times every day for 40 days. This locks in the vibration of the mantra and ensures powerful results. Note that if you skip a day, it’s important to start from the beginning again, so that you achieve 40 uninterrupted days.
Read the whole article here:
Om shati om shanti om shanti .......................
Om Shrim Mahalakshmiyei Swaha ........................
Om Namah Shivaya .................Sat Patim Dehi Paremesh Vara ..................
30 September, 2008
A New Moon yesterday marks a time of new beginnings . My new vision board has been conceived and is gestating.
( I am going to include JOY and WELL-BEING too )
The wording may change. My Vision Board will evolve. My plan is to allow this to develop and grow over the next couple of weeks till the moon is full.
It is a beginning I won't know where I am going until I get there , will I ? What an exciting journey though. Peace in all dimensions ......... to be continued .........
29 September, 2008
My home is my house and also my body.
Home is where my heart is.
Home is the seat of my soul.
I love and appreciate my home.
My home is a beautiful happy home
My home is full of love ,light, laughter and well-being
My home is the perfect home for me
My home is safe and affordable
My home is accessible
My home is spacious
My home is perfect for work and play
My home is blessed by the angels.
I am very grateful for my home.
27 September, 2008
I am financially comfortable.
I allow my income to constantly expand.
I am now moving beyond my present income.
My consciousness of finances is constantly expanding and taking in new ideas
---new ways to live deeply, richly, comfortably, joyfully and beautifully.
My skills and talents serve me well ,
and I share them with the world with the greatest of pleasure.
Money appears easily and effortlessly when I need it.
I acknowledge my worth and I move into acceptance of an entirely new level of financial security.
My money is working for me for the highest good.
Financial security is a constant in my life.
A good income without working hard
It is okay to make a good income without working hard.
As I employ my Higher Self, my Higher Self employs me.
What a wonderful, brilliant, delicate, strong, beautiful energy my inner spirit is.
It blesses me with fulfilling work.
Each day is new and different.
As I let go of the struggle to survive,
I find that I am fed, clothed, housed,
and loved in ways that are deeply fulfilling to me.
I make it okay for myself and others
to have money without working hard at a job.
I am worthy of bringing in good money
without struggling in the rat race or fighting traffic.
I follow my higher instincts and listen to my heart in all that I do.
I employ positive thoughts.
25 September, 2008
17 September, 2008
I like the idea that we are a dream and nightmare of God/Goddess.
Dreams speak in a language that our waking self must interpret before it understands.
I do feel that we as a society are awakening within this dream and nightmare. Many are forced into awakening through some kind of personal crisis , pain or suffering.
As I look around at the lives of my friends and acquaintances I see them all filled with changes and challenges and each challenge is unique as each Dream is unique.
I also see that there are guides, physical and non physical beings with great generosity of spirit that are willing to share their wisdom , potential and resources for the Highest Good.
Among the well-known teachers present and past and sources of inspiration .... Paulo Coelho, Deepak Chopra, Exckhart Tolle, Oprah Winfry, Byron Katie , Dr Roberto Assagioli, Burt Harding, Dalai Lama , Sri Maharishi, Joe Vitale, Wayne Dyer...... and many many very wise lesser known and unknowns.
In a few days we will be celebrating the UN Global Day of Peace and hopefully this will involve BILLIONS !
Many good intentions about.
Many have CHOSEN peace and love instead of fear.
I am optimistic that our collective dream will have a happy ending which will also be the beginning of a new dream.
HAPPY 20th ANNIVERSARY of THE ALCHEMIST , Paulo !
Namasté ...love and brightest blessings to you and what you do.
Thank you !
24 August, 2008
Awareness isn't something you achieve, says Deepak Chopra. It's what happens when you stop trying so hard.
Interview by Lisa Schneider
Deepak Chopra Called "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine" by Time magazine, Deepak Chopra, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Chopra Center for Well Being in Carlsbad, California. Dr. Chopra was born and raised in India and came to the United States in 1970 to train and then practice internal medicine and endocrinology. He has since developed his own philosophy of wellness that combines Ayurvedic healing with Western medicine and focuses on a balance between mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Chopra is the author of more than 30 books on a variety of topics ranging from herbal medicine, aging, and meditation, to quantum mechanics, golf, and the poems of Rumi. He spoke with us about his latest work, "The Book of Secrets."
I was surprised by what you wrote about spiritual seeking. You say, "Seeking is doomed because it is a chase that takes you outside yourself." But it seems that some of your biggest fans are spiritual seekers.
You know, we all go through those phases at a certain point. The seeker will realize that what they're seeking is the one who's doing the seeking.
Seeking can become stressful when you apply the same laws that you apply in the material world—hard work, exacting plans, driving ambition, and attachment to outcome. Ultimately spiritual awareness unfolds when you're flexible, when you're spontaneous, when you're detached, when you're easy on yourself and easy on others.
(Read an excerpt about spiritual seeking from Deepak Chopra's book.)
Are there practical steps that people can take to increase their awareness?
Yeah, in the Eastern traditions, those steps have been referred to as the different kinds of yoga. Yoga literally means union, so the yoga of knowledge, which is a scientific understanding of how the universe operates—the yoga of love, which is paying attention to the impulse of love, which is, after all, the impulse toward unity. The yoga of stillness or contemplation or meditation. And also, the yoga of action, the attitude you have when you perform action, when you do yoga in the spiritual worship or when you have the inner conviction that everything you do comes from God, belongs to God and that every breath of yours and every movement of yours is a divine movement of the eternal being, then those are the steps that bring you closer to the supreme intelligence that orchestrates the universe.
Your book suggests our body chemistry can tell us about our consciousness. How so?
Look at the cells and how they function, you see that each cell has higher awareness. It is doing what it does to maintain the welfare of the rest of the body. The stomach cell's not saying, why should I digest food for the heart and the brain? And the brain doesn't say, why should I regulate the activity of the stomach? So they are inseparably interdependent. They have higher awareness.
Each cell has creativity because every time there is a challenge to the body, the body has to come up with a creative solution. Each cell knows how to commune with other cells instantly, both locally and non-locally, each cell is bonded to every other cell, each cell practices what it does with maximum efficiency—it never hoards anything. Each cell obeys the laws of giving and receiving, each cell has awareness of what's happening in the body, and each cell knows the secret of immortality, because even as it dies, it passes on everything it knows to the next generation of cells.
So if you want to look at the human body as an example of consciousness, it's a direct reflection. Consciousness conceives, governs, constructs, and becomes the activity of the body. And in every human body, or for that matter, in every biological organism, there is an inner intelligence that reflects the wisdom of the universe and is, in fact, the ultimate and supreme genius.
You say that our bodies are always experiencing dying–that "Cells are constantly dying and being replaced" and then ask the rhetorical question, so what are we so afraid of? Why do you think the fear of death seems to be built into us?
The fear of death comes from limited awareness. As long as you think of your real self as the person you are, then of course you're going to be fearful of death. But what is a person? A person is a pattern of behavior, of a larger awareness. You know, the two-year-old dies before the three-year-old shows up, the three-year-old dies before the teenager shows up.
So the real you is neither the perceiver, nor the object of perception, but the real you is that formless spirit that is constantly evolving and sometimes even taking quantum leaps of evolution and expressing itself as both the perceiver and the object of perception. And if you can shift your internal reference point from your skin-encapsulated ego to that larger domain of awareness, then you will find that it's your ticket to freedom—that you do not need to fear death because you're already dying every moment to the past.
The fear of death is the fear of the unknown, and yet, the fact is, we live and breathe and move in the unknown all the time. The unknown is from this moment onwards—you're already living there. You have the pretend game that you're living in the known, but the known doesn't exist anymore, it's already gone. Everything you know is about the past. So you have to both intellectually and experientially be willing to embrace uncertainly, ambiguity, and step into the unknown. The known is a prison of past conditioning. The unknown is always a fresh field of possibilities.
Would you equate this constant evolving and recycling with reincarnation?
You can say that, but you know, there's only one "I" in the end pretending to be all these different "I"s so I really don't even believe there's such a thing as a person; there's only the infinite pretending to be a person, as a temporary pattern of behavior. So what does reincarnate is the wisps of memory and threads of desire, born of past experience.
You write that unity, as opposed to duality, is "the purpose of evolution." What do you mean?
The fact that we experience separation is really a perceptual artifact. There's only a single reality that differentiates into both mind and body and then from body and environment. So our perceptual experience of the environment is different than the body, the body is different from the mind, and the mind is different from the soul.
There are two types of ignorance that we come to in this world, one is innate ignorance, which is this perceptual artifact of separation and the other is cultural ignorance.
Just like, your DNA, for example, differentiates into the different cells of your body, your heart cells and your brain cells, and your kidney cells are different in appearance, but not different in their essence. They came from the same double strand of DNA and if I wanted to isolate the DNA in every cell of your body, even though these belong to different organs, I'd get the same information. So the appearance of the expression of the different organs in the body is different, but it's still the same essence. So, too, every observer is a differentiated aspect of a single observer and every object of perception is a differentiated expression of the same observer, because the observer and the observed, the seer and the scenery, the knower and the known are differentiated aspects of a single consciousness. The goal of all spiritual seeking is to realize that experientially and intellectually—but more importantly experientially.
Cultural ignorance is when we take these ideas of duality and then we create institutions around them—so religious and cultural and social indoctrination perpetuates the ignorance.
Do you believe humanity as a whole is evolving toward unity, toward a "New Age," a new level of consciousness on a global scale?
Yeah. I think it would need a critical mass of people to reach a certain level of awareness for humanity as a whole to be affected so I do not know when that would happen. I think the fact that we now have technology, for example, the Internet—Beliefnet, for example—to take information and knowledge and you can rapidly spread it to so many people. That could never have happened say, 2,000 years ago. But today, I personally look at the Internet as the cloning of collective consciousness, our collective soul, it could be much faster than we think it's going to be.
In another interview you said that "religion pulls us apart and spirituality brings us together in love." Do you think that someone who identifies with organized religion can benefit from your books, from this philosophy?
Religious people can only learn from this kind of philosophy if they go to the basic experience of the founder of their religion. And then they'll realize that Christ wasn't a Christian and that Buddha wasn't a Buddhist and Muhammad wasn't Muslim. These people were having the experience of unity consciousnesses and universal consciousness and they spoke of it in words. So if you're a real Christian, you should be listening to what Christ said in the Sermon on the Mount and then you are expressing the universality of spiritual consciousness.
Because if you claim that your religion is exclusive and that your God is exclusive, then how can that God manage the whole universe? We are one speck of dust in probably the junkyard of infinity and there are billions of galaxies with billions of planets and billions of solar systems. We should not diminish the magnificence of God by giving him a sexist male identity, an ethnic background, squeezing him or her into the volume of a body and the span of a lifetime and a regional geography. That's really not paying a pure respect to the magnificence of the Almighty.
You grew up in a Hindu family in India. Do you consider yourself Hindu today?
No. I'm distressed that Hindus can be as violent as anybody else, the only difference is that they're vegetarians.
Would you talk a little bit about your own spiritual practice?
I meditate two hours in the morning and about half an hour in the evening. And I go to the gym for about 1 hour which I consider to be a really spiritual practice as well. And then I have the attitude during the rest of the day that the only step I'm taking that's real is the one I'm taking at the moment, so I try not to anticipate the future or think about the past, but stay grounded in the moment. And those are the mostly, daily practices—meditations, exercise, and staying in the moment. Once every three or four months, I try to take a week of silence in the wilderness and sometimes my family will join me but sometimes I'll do it all by myself.
When I interviewed your son two years ago, he said that two of the qualities that inspired him, of yours were your curiosity and your not taking life too seriously.
[laughs] That's probably true.
Do you think these qualities can serve as spiritual tools?
I think so. I think seriousness is a mask of self-importance and self-importance in turn is a mask for self-pity. So if you're really going to pursue a spiritual way of living in the world, you must be lighthearted and carefree, have humor, be able to tolerate ambiguity and embrace uncertainty, and be forgiving of yourself and everybody else.
Lisa Schneider is a Beliefnet editor.
This first principle serves as an antidote to fear and sorrow by encouraging you to experience life as joyous....When you feel momentary happiness, or you want to burst out laughing, or you smile for no apparent reason, you are glimpsing eternal reality....In time, these moments of joy will begin to knit together. Instead of the exception, they will become the norm. There is no better way to know that you are growing in God-realization.
2. There Is Always a Reason to Be Grateful.
This second principle is an antidote to victimization....The purpose of gratitude is to connect yourself to a higher vision of life....Once you realize that you alone are the projector of reality, you will no longer be dominated by external events. You will correct the mistake that lies at the very root of victimization: a belief that the movie controls you, instead of the other way around.
3. You Belong in the Scheme of the Universe. There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of. You Are Safe.
The third principle is the antidote for insecurity....The role assigned to you is right and proper. It is tailor-made for you, for your complete self....The voice of fear tries to convince you that you are a helpless victim of chance. The very opposite is true. At the deepest level, the level of the soul, you are the author of everything that happens to you.
4. Your Soul Cherishes Every Aspect of Your Life.
The fourth principle is the antidote for feeling undervalued. It states that your worth is absolute, and that everything that happens to you - whether it feels good at the time or not - is part of a divine plan unfolding from the level of the soul....A person's worth is the value of a soul, which is infinite. Since every event in your life isn't happening just to a person but to a soul, everything in life should be cherished.
5. There Is a Plan, and Your Soul Knows What It Is.
The fifth principle is the antidote to meaninglessness. It states that your life has a purpose. You determine that purpose at the soul level, and then that purpose unfolds in daily life as part of the divine plan. The more deeply you are connected to the plan, the more powerful it becomes in your life. Ultimately, nothing can stop it.
6. Ecstasy Is the Energy of Spirit. When Life Flows, Energy Is Natural.
The sixth principle is the antidote to inertia. It states that infinite energy is available to you. You are a co-creator with God. To claim your creative power, you need only connect with the primal energies that play within you....The kind of energy you can call upon at any given moment depends on your level of consciousness.
7. There Is a Creative Solution to Every Problem. Every Possibility Holds the Promise of Abundance.
The seventh principle is the antidote to failure. It tells us that every question includes its own answer. The only reason a problem arises before its solution is that our minds are limited - we think in terms of sequences, of before and after. Outside the narrow boundaries of time, problems and solutions arise at the same instant.
8. Obstacles are Opportunities in Disguise.
The eighth principle is the antidote to inflexibility....The secret is to abandon old habits and trust in spontaneity....Whenever you catch yourself reacting in an old, familiar way, simply stop. Don't invent a new reaction; don't fall back on the opposite of what you usually do. Instead, ask for openness. Go inside, be with yourself, and allow the next reaction to come of its own accord.
9. Evolution Leads the Way Through Desire.
The ninth principle is the antidote to hypocrisy. It encourages us to act on our genuine desires, because they show the way to real growth. Don't pretend to be better - or other - than you are. Don't fall into the trap of having one face for the world and another to God. Who you really are is exactly who you should be.
10. Freedom Is Letting Go.
The tenth principle is the antidote to attachment....If you let go of what isn't real in your life, what's left will be real: what's left is God alone....To be free, you must find a way to let go of all the stuck energy that keeps sending the same old messages....The past is a false guide to the future, and yet it's what most of us rely upon. By letting go of stuck energies, you let go of your past.
From : The Path to Joy
(Adapted from "Why is God Laughing: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism" by Deepak Chopra, Harmony Books, 2008)
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21 August, 2008
The technique is simple in that the actual practice can be done by anyone. While the technique is simple, it is not easy because it requires constant and never ending vigilence to our thoughts, deeds and actions and then constant cleaning through the Ho'oponopono process.
"Every individual has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think according to appearances is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious and rquires the expenditure of more power than any other work we are called upon to perform."
"There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought. It is the hardest work in the world. This is especially true when truth is contrary to appearances. Every appearance in the visible world tends to produce a corresponding form in the mind which observes it, and this can only be prevented by holding the thought of the TRUTH."
"To look upon the appearances of poverty will produce corresponding forms in your own mind, unless you hold to the truth that there is no poverty; there is only abundance."
"To think health when surrounded by the appearances of disease or to think riches when in the midst of the appearances of poverty requires power, but whoever acquires this power becomes a mastermind. That person can conquer fate and can have what he wants."
Taken From, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.
Ho'oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian problem solving technique where the individual takes 100% responsibility for everything. Taking 100% responsibility gives power to release limiting beliefs and create new ones - which thereby create new life.
Cleansing old memories is not about fixing yourself or anyone else. You are perfect just the way you are, only the memories are erroneous.
New beliefs...not fixing the old ones. Letting go of the old and CREATING new.
To release a memory - is to step into presence. Even the hope of the future engages the mind. Anything we do in the mind, from the ego contributes to our own suffering and the suffering of all human kind.
Ho'oponopono helps us relinquish our need to become someone or something different.
When we align with consciousness our creation, our beingness then contributes to the greater good - regardless of "what" we "do". Our being comes through our actions to serve all beings we come in contact with.
Releasing using Ho'oponopono involves engaging memories. Any time you are not fully in the moment - you are reacting from memory. When the dialogue plays in your head, when your response to any situation in deed, word or thought is more intense than it warrants, you are working from a memory.
When you are able to shift the balance of acting from inspiration more than memory your life becomes an incredibly powerful force for increasing the consciousness of the world.
Your ego self is in a constant state of unfulfillment. Releasing the memories allows being present in each and every moment. The moment is the only reality and the only possibile place to "find" happiness.
Of course, there is no finding, just remembering.
Ho'oponopono offers us simple tools for clearing the memories re-playing in the subconscious. Through repentance, forgiveness and transmutation - memories are cleaned and erased and the external world reflects a new perspective.
The foundational cleaning tools of Self Identity through Ho'oponopono are the four phrases:
* I love You
* I'm Sorry
* Please Forgive Me
* Thank You
You don't have to know what the memory is that you are trying to release...it is impossible for you to know all of them anyway. By observing your feelings, thoughts and deeds you will know if a memory is replaying.
When you observe a memory replaying - you say the four phrases. You are directing these to the subconscious. Think of it as if you are speaking to your 6 year old self. My coach always reminds me that "little Frannie" is speaking when he hears a limiting belief come out of my mouth.
I think of the memories like the scene in "A Beautiful Mind" when Russel Crowe's character observes his delusions around him, but no longer engages them. He told them he would no longer believe in them and was moving on.
As you become better at observing yourself you are stepping more and more into being in presence. When in presence - anything is possible.
20 August, 2008
At the still point of the turning world.
Neither from nor towards;
But neither arrest nor movement.
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither ascent nor decline.
There would be no dance,
03 July, 2008
28 June, 2008
A Time Comes: 11 Steps To Rising UP.
A time comes in your life when you finally get it, ...when, in the midst of all your fears and mental minutia, you stop in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your Soul says -- Enough. I will no longer allow my mind and ego to hold me hostage. It is the Divine heart and the dignity of Who I Am that will now lead my life. The time is now.
A time comes in your life when you stop fighting or struggling to hold on to that which was never meant for you to hold onto in the first place. And, like a child after a blind tantrum, your fears and tears subside, you shudder once or twice, and you resolve to look at the world through a new lens of perception. The time is now.
A time comes when you realize it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety, and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You realize that your happiness and safety, and security depends upon you and no other. The time is now.
A time comes when you awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and it's ok not be perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are. Everyone is entitled to their opinion though you are no longer held hostage by what others opinions of you are. Your prime concern is to be the BEST YOU YOU CAN BE! To be the most integral, loving, compassionate, benevolent, honest, glorious, Divine Powerful Human you can possibly be. You learn the importance of championing yourself and in the process a sense of newfound freedom and confidence is born. The time is now.
A time comes when you stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn't do to or for you) and you learn that you are not your experiences. Experiences are simply life's opportunities for you to rise up to a greater aspect of yourself. The time is now.
A time comes when you learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it's not about you. It's about them. So you learn to be compassionate and you learn to stand solid in your being and take care of your precious self... and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance. The time is now.
A time comes when you stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are, including yourself. You begin to overlook shortcomings and human frailties... and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness for those around you. The time is now.
A time comes when you learn to open up to new possibilities for yourself. You begin reassessing and redefining who your are via the brain of your heart, not mind, and what you really stand for. You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to delete the outdated belief systems that have held you hostage. And in the process you begin to learn to trust yourself and God and the flow of the Universe and Divine Right Timing. The time is now.
A time comes when you learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and saying NO. You learn to stop setting up circumstances that go against yourself and you learn to live with integrity and deep love for yourself. And in the process you learn to live a higher version of Who You Are. The time is now.
A time comes when you learn that it is vital to establish a proper connection to your heart brain and soul and begin disconnecting from the personality mind and ego regardless of how vulnerable that makes you feel... and in the process you realize that vulnerability is strength. The time is now.
And finally a time comes when you establish a proper rapport with God and the Higher Realms of Consciousness, and with your brothers and sisters on Planet Earth so you can live and co-create, a powerful life without believing that you are down here on Planet Earth doing it alone or that the "proper circumstances" just haven't shown up. The proper circumstances are always a choice away when the lens of perception is clear.
In closing Beloveds, if each and every ONE of us doesn't rise up and take dominion over our lives in a consistent, congruent, collaborative, sacred and clear manner and loose the fear, no matter what actions are called for, "someone" or "something" else will take dominion and I promise you, it's not worth it.
Copyright Maureen Moss
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27 June, 2008
26 June, 2008
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.
-- J. Krishnamurti
23 June, 2008
We are the mirror, as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste of eternity this minute.
We are pain and what cures pain.
We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.
Soul of the world, no life, nor world remain, no beautiful women and men longing.
Only this ancient love circling the holy black stone of nothing.
Where the lover is the loved, the horizon and everything within it.
21 April, 2008
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Torkom Saraydarian was an extraordinary human being. He was known worldwide as a renowned scholar of comparative religions. He was a great teacher, writer, lecturer, and composer of sacred music.
Torkom Saraydarian (1917-1997) was born in Asia Minor. Since childhood he was trained in the Teachings of the Ageless Wisdom under the guidance of his loving father.
As he grew up, he visited monasteries, ancient temples, and mystery schools in order to find the answers to his questions about the mystery of man and the Universe. He was musically trained and was able to play the violin, piano, oud, cello, and guitar. He composed hundreds of musical pieces that embody his training in the Ageless Wisdom.
His works represent a synthesis of the best and most beautiful in the sacred culture of the world by creating a truly universal approach to spirituality. These works enrich the foundational thinking on which we can construct our future of true global living.
The legacy he left us is an amazing 170 books, half of which half have been published, as well as hundreds of musical pieces, lectures on video and audio tape and meditation courses.
The remarkable achievement in his writings was to synthesize and make comprehensible the huge body of knowledge known as the Ageless Wisdom. TSG is planning to archive all of Torkom's creative works. Check the Archiving Fund for more information and how you can help preserve the huge body of audio, video, and music tapes.
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