Archive for January, 2012
Live Your Dreams, Chase Away The Doubts

live your dreams

We all have dreams, hopes, and aspirations. Most of these are left to the confines of our minds, acting only as seemingly-unattainable realities that are nice to think about in order to escape the daily reality we find ourselves in, day after day. It doesn’t have to be this way. We as humans have the incredible ability to have unbridled will that can be the driving force for attaining the most amazing dreams, hopes, and aspirations we come up with. Combine this will with the courage to transform our thoughts into realities and an unstoppable determination to actualize those thoughts, and you now have the mental framework laid out which will allow you to live your dreams.

As humans we have relatively short lifespans and as we grow older and begin to feel to side effects of aging we tend to reflect more and more on our past and the things we managed to accomplish or have experienced. This self-reflection can lead to great sadness and depression if we look back and see regretfully that we didn’t chase our dreams (usually because of the fear of the great unknown) or we have regrets about things we did that we never reacted to with actions that could undo those regretful decisions.

It doesn’t have to be this way…it doesn’t have to be this way at all. Why settle for anything less than the live you imagined for yourself? If you look around you and see that others have attained what you wish you had, then this shows you that you can create the same reality for yourself. As long as what you dream for yourself is possible within the confines of the 3D reality we as human beings experience on a daily basis, then the only obstacle between you and living the life you imagine for yourself is your mind. As the Kala, Makia, and Mana principles in the ancient Hawaiian Huna Philosophy state:

There are no limitsEnergy flows where attention goes…All power comes from within.

There are no limits to the mind except those that we acknowledge, as Napoleon Hill had once said. When we realize the barrier to living our lives in the way that we feel would make us content and happy is our very own mind (and more specifically, the structure-process illusion created by the human mind called the ego) then once we become aware of this, we can say “To hell with these self-imposed limits, I want to live my dreams and chase away the doubts!” Yes, it really is that simple. To change your mindset is the most critical and most important step in actualizing your dreams. The rest will follow but you need to establish a welcoming environment within your mind for those dreams so that they can eventually become dreams no more but expressions of your actual life. In the words of Lao Tzu, “when I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

Why settle for anything less than that which brings you incredible bliss, joy, ecstasy, and happiness? You shouldn’t have to. This is your life, this is your time to shine. If you see yourself living a life that is but a shadow of what you dream your life was like, then the time to change is now. Change your state of mind and the rest will sure follow.

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” -Patanjali

Understanding Love

understanding love

Love cannot be thought about, love cannot be cultivated, love cannot be practiced. The practice of love, the practice of brotherhood, is still within the field of the mind, therefore it is not love. When all this has stopped, then love comes into being, then you will know what it is to love. Then love is not quantitative but qualitative. You do not say, “I love the whole world” but when you know how to love one, you know how to love the whole. Because we do not know how to love one, our love of humanity is fictitious. When you love, there is neither one nor many: there is only love. It is only when there is love that all our problems can be solved and then we shall know its bliss and its happiness.

J.Krishnamurti

The Golden Rule: The Essence of Interconnectedness

love over hate
A strange thing happened at the US Republican South Carolina debate on January 16th, 2012…the Golden Rule was vehemently booed. In a display of being as opposed as one can be to the central teaching in essentially every major ancient and modern belief system, a sizable amount of the audience at what one would expect to be a civil debate over issues that affect the real livelihoods of millions of people had reacted in a way that has the potential to lead to species self-annihilation.

It is always saddening to see people become so far removed from their alignment with Truth and Reality yet there is always hope that even such individuals that seem to lack the basic human feeling of empathy, as research has shown that even psychopaths can be helped to deviate from a behavior that is destructive to the interconnected whole that is the collective transpersonal consciousness.

The concept of Oneness and being One with everyone and everything is not a new concept at all. It is probably actually the underlying concept of all major belief systems that has survived to this day. This concept is something that has in recent times been dubbed The Golden Rule which expresses that we are to treat others as we would like them to treat us because we are all part of the same Whole and any one thing we do to someone else, we are doing to ourselves. This is where global consciousness becomes a relevant topic, which is the idea that each one of the 7 billion individual brains that have consciousness are in fact, One collective consciousness.

Those individuals in the crowd at the South Carolina debate for the president of the United States have publicly expressed that they are opposed to the central teaching to all of the following belief systems:

Buddhism: “Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” (From the Udanavarga 5.18

Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”(Matthew 7:12 – NRSV) 

Hinduism: “Do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.”(From the Mahabharata 5.1517

Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” (Sunnab

Jainism: “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.”Lord Mahavir 24th Tirthankara)

Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow human beings. That is the law; all the rest is commentary.”(Talmud, Shabbat 3 l a)

Confucianism: “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. “(Analects XV.24)

Native Spiritual Traditions: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. (Chief Seattle)

Shintoism: “Be Charitable to all beings, love is the representation of god.”(KO-JI-KI Hachiman Kasuga)

Sikhism: “Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.”(Guru Arjan Devji 259. Guru Granth Sahib)

Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain; and regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (Tai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)

It’s easy to see that the Golden Rule is a universal teaching found in many major belief systems…an underlying truth that resonates in all schools of thought that choose to be in harmony with nature, the universe, and reality even if those paths say theirs in the only one and all others are wrong…clearly that is not the case.

As out of touch with this interconnected reality as those people booing the Golden Rule at that debate were, it’s not too difficult to discover just why they may react in such a way. What they are experiencing is the feeling of separateness…a feeling that is not ultimately real. Non-locality is simply a manifestation of the ultimate unity underlying what we experience as separate seemingly-physical objects.

Our material reality is but a filtered version of the ultimate unity which connects everything. This filtered version creates separateness because it only perceives bits and pieces of the whole at a time. If we could remove the filter, we would experience reality directly as an interference pattern where all information is distributed non-locally. Again, we should never forget that we are part of this pattern. Your hands, the screen you are reading this on, the trees outside the window, our solar system, the entire universe; it is all a seamless, unbroken extension of everything else. It is one thing.

Each part affects every other part. Since this is a universal concept, it certainly applies to humans as well, as a 20 year study has recently shown to be true. Hopefully the booing crowdgoers at the South Carolina Republican debate for the leadership position in one of the most influential countries on our one planet can realign themselves with the truth and reality of interconnected oneness. If they come to realize that they are not autonomous elements separate from the rest of reality, then even they will shift back into the grooves that harmonize with the interconnected Wholeness of everything. There is always hope, but let us hope that they experience such a perception shift sooner rather than later, or else we will collectively suffer as a result of their hostility to their own humanity.

The Gifts of Inspiration

looking into the inspired becoming

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

Patanjali

10 Sages With 10 Inspiring Messages

Throughout the ages there have been a few notable luminaries of humanity that have experienced a transformational harmonization initiated by the vectors of human becoming: love, beauty, and truth. We can look up to these sages for inspiration that cultivates courage, will, and determination to experience an inner transformation as well. Although there are quite a few individuals that we can look to for sage-like guidance, 10 will be focused on here, each with a message they streamed into the global mind in their own unique way. Let these words spark a shift within that will change the very way to see Reality.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

thich hnat hanh mindfulness poseWhen you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for  reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.

Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.

That is my experience.

No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.

If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

 

 

 

 

 

Huang Po

Huangbo XiyunThe approach to it  (Mind, Absolute, Void, Buddha Nature, Enlightenment)  is called the Gateway of the Stillness beyond all Activity.  If you wish to understand, know that a sudden comprehension comes when the mind has been purged of all the clutter of conceptual and discriminatory thought-activity.

Those who seek the truth by means of the intellect and learning only get further and further away from it.  Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma meditatingThe fools of this world prefer to look for sages far away. They don’t believe that the wisdom of their own mind is the sage.

The sutras say, ‘Mind is the teaching.’ But people of no understanding don’t believe in their own mind or that by understanding this teaching they can become a sage. They prefer to look for distant knowledge and long for things in space, buddha-images, light, incense, and colors. They fall prey to falsehood and lose their minds to insanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heraclitus

Heraclitus sageThe soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.

It is wise to listen, not to me but to reason, and to confess that all things are one.

From out of all the many particulars comes oneness, and out of oneness come all the many particulars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lao Tzu

Lao TzuIf you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi The attempt to destroy the ego or the mind through practices other than self-inquiry is just like the thief pretending to be a policeman to catch the thief, that is, himself.

Self-inquiry alone can reveal the truth that neither the ego nor the mind really exists, and enable one to realize the pure, undifferentiated being of the Self or the absolute.

Having realized the Self, nothing remains to be known, because it is perfect bliss, it is the all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo 1907An aimless life is always a troubled life. Every individual should have an aim. But do not forget that the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life. Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others.

Whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realized unless you have realized perfection in yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mohandas Gandhi

mohandas gandhiKeep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osho Rajneesh

osho rajneeshPleasure is momentary, of time, for the time being; bliss is non-temporal, timeless. Pleasure begins and ends; bliss abides forever. Pleasure comes and goes; bliss never comes, never goes — it is already there in the innermost core of your being. Pleasure has to be snatched away from the other; you become either a beggar or a thief. Bliss makes you a master.

Bliss is not something that you invent but something that you discover. Bliss is your innermost nature. It has been there since the very beginning, you just have not looked at it, you have taken it for granted. You don’t look inwards. This is the only misery of man: that he goes on looking outwards, seeking and searching. And you cannot find it in the outside because it is not there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jiddu Krishnamurti

jiddu krishnamurti We seek happiness through things, through relationship, through thoughts, ideas. So things, relationship, and ideas become all-important and not happiness. When we seek happiness through something, then the thing becomes of greater value than happiness itself. When stated in this manner, the problem sounds simple and it is simple. We seek happiness in property, in family, in name; then property, family, idea become all important, for then happiness is sought through a means, and then the means destroys the end.

Can happiness be found through any means, through anything made by the hand or by the mind? Things, relationship, and ideas are so transparently impermanent, we are ever made unhappy by them…Things are impermanent, they wear out and are lost; relationship is constant friction and death awaits; ideas and beliefs have no stability, no permanency. We seek happiness in them and yet do not realize their impermanency. So sorrow becomes our constant companion and overcoming it our problem.

To find out the true meaning of happiness, we must explore the river of self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is not an end in itself. Is there a source to a stream? Every drop of water from the beginning to the end makes the river. To imagine that we will find happiness at the source is to be mistaken. It is to be found where you are on the river of self knowledge.

Turn Dreams into Reality

castles in the sky

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost, that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

Getting Ourselves Back into Harmony with Nature

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Editor’s Note: This is a contribution from Tasha Mearns

For thousands of years humanity co-existed with nature and with our Earth. We learned from her. We watched the trees grow and tapped into their expanding wisdom and presence. We watched nature with an ever-present eye…we were true to ourselves and our intentions were pure. We learned of the precious, limited time we had to experience and most importantly we had respect. We respected our animal friends, our humble teachers. They taught us to live in the moment, to switch off from the egoic mind-set and to be at peace with ourselves. We watched on, as our intimate villages and families began to grow. From birth to death, as we were granted the gift of life, new souls came in, our relatives and friends began to leave. We did not mourn, we rejoiced. Life is but a temporary gift, a glimpse of beauty and the experience to grow and learn. The cycle of life is never a permanent thing, modern day man clings to his life and lives in constant fear of death. This is such an unnatural way of living. There is nothing to fear. When man understands his kindred relationship with the eternal, he will laugh at the unnecessary, wasted energy he put into fearing the inevitable.

As my mind returns to the present reality, I am saddened. We have lost so much of ourselves. The intuitive gifts we once cherished have all but disappeared under the vast illusion of material gain. Our sacred connection with Earth and with all life has weakened. As people litter the streets with their waste and dump their unwanted material possessions into the Earth’s streams, they remain completely unaware of the damaging and lasting effect their actions hold. People no longer watch the trees with the same mystery and respect as our ancestors once did. The oxygen which is gifted to us from the trees now goes unnoticed, as people prefer to obsess over the illusion of pop culture and celebrity worship. The true reality of nature and life lives on, weakened and disregarded. No longer do we stop to watch and learn from our animal friends and no longer do we kill them for survival. They are caged into suffering, so cruelly refused their freedom to live as they wish to live. The present-day meat industry is just another vile example of our backwards society.

Man is no longer living in his natural state, we have become a cancer to the Earth. Those in power are to blame since they have assumed control and with this control comes great responsibility. They have the power to change everything. These people must be aware that they are making these ignorant decisions on behalf of every man, woman, child, and animal on this planet and they are providing a bleak future for generations to come. They have forgotten what it means to be human. A true, conscious human being would never rip apart our planet and drain her for the sake of money and power.

Some of us may not want to admit it but we are children of the Earth. Born out of nature, given the opportunity to experience the beauty within her great blue aura. Every moment is a gift. As children of the Earth, we have a responsibility to cherish, heal and protect our Mother. The great spirit of the Earth watches over us from the minute we are born to the day we take our last breathe. She is present in everything. She is our home, she is our provider. We must never take her for granted. She is vital to the evolution of our species. The delicate ecosystems of our planet provide us with all we need to live happy, healthy lives. Let’s not sell ourselves short by being sucked into these ridiculous ideologies of modern man’s unfounded and dangerous logic. So if you feel how I feel and you see how I see, make it your mission to bring about change. Help people to step out of their ignorance, the Earth is our one common ground. It’s time to awaken to our true potential.

“Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother.” – Chief Seattle, 1855

Tasha Mearns is a 22 year old visionary and rainbow warrior. In her own words, “We need to help people understand the fragility of our Earth and her ecosystems. The damage can no longer be ignored, it’s time to take action.”