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“NEW YEAR NEW PHILOSOPHY” {Resurgence & Ecologist magazine article by SATISH KUMAR}

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NEW YEAR NEW PHILOSOPHY
We must go beyond self-interest and embrace the idea of mutual interest.

We are all related. We are all connected. We are made of each other. The whole of existence is made of the same seven elements: earth, air, fire, water, space, time and consciousness. All these elements exist because of each other. No one element can exist by itself. There is a fundamental unity of life, which manifests in millions of forms. The unity and diversity are in an eternal dance. Quantum physics tells us that ultimately all is just one single energy: call it particles and waves!

Diversity does not mean division. Separation, fragmentation and dualism are mere perceptions fostered by external appearances. Dark appears to be opposite of light. Left appears to be opposite of right. Mind appears to be opposite of matter. But from a holistic perspective dark and light, left and right, mind and matter (and all the other apparent opposites) depend on each other and are complementary. The Chinese call it the harmony between yin and yang. There is yin within yang and yang within yin.

If we look at the world and see it as a whole we can heal all our political, religious, racial and environmental divisions with a single stroke. We can heal the division between science, spirituality and art; the division between head, heart and hands.

Plato proposed the idea of unity through the trinity of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. This three-dimensional philosophy represents a holistic worldview. Through science we seek truth, through spirituality we seek goodness, and through art we seek beauty. Then how can we put science, spirituality and the arts in three different departments or compartments?

Similarly with our heads we think and know the truth – that is science. With our hearts we cultivate and live goodness – that is spirituality. And with our hands we create and communicate beauty – that is art.

Thus science, spirituality and art are a continuum; there is no disconnection or division. Our body is a perfect example of this unity. We are made of all seven elements in perfect harmony. We can think. We feel. We make. We are whole. This sense of wholeness, completeness and relatedness is the first step towards sustainability.

The split between mind and matter started with the French philosopher René Descartes. He proclaimed the superiority of thought through his famous dictum, “I think therefore I am”. This Cartesian dualism became the foundation of Western philosophy and science. Gradually all our schools, universities and other educational institutions began to split knowledge into isolated subjects. Economy was taught without any reference to ecology; politics, without poetry; science, without spirituality; and every other subject was put in its own specialist department.

That tradition continues unabated. The study of parts is pursued without the presence of the whole. Students study the text without its context, psychology without anthropology; history without mystery; astronomy without arts. This partial education permeates into politics, business, medicine, agriculture and all other aspects of life. We divide the world into nations, religions, political and economic systems and above all make a division between humans and the rest of Nature. No wonder that we face multiple crises of environmental, economic, geopolitical and spiritual disharmony.

So we have to say goodbye to monsieur Descartes and see the world as an interdependent whole. We have to go beyond the idea of self-interest and embrace the idea of mutual interest, reciprocity and interdependence.

And this can be the philosophy of unity with which we start a New Year.

{Satish Kumar is Editor-in-Chief at Resurgence & Ecologist}

http://www.resurgence.org/

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★ WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “CHRISTIAN” ?★WHO DOES CHRIST CALL A “CHRISTIAN”?

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☆.´ `. ღ  {Margarita (͡๏̯͡๏) soul2soul}™
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★ WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “CHRISTIAN” ?
★WHO DOES CHRIST CALL A “CHRISTIAN”?

* Is a Christian someone who believes in the existence of Christ?

* And if so, what is it that the Christian believes about Christ?…that he was the Messiah?

* Does it also mean you have to follow the traditions of the church in order to truly be a Christian?

* If so, then which organised religious denomination do you follow? Which one is the “true” church that Jesus is the Messiah of? They are all so different in their traditions, there are so many divisions of the church???

* Catholic? Orthodox? Protestant? Evangelic? Lutheran? Mormon Latter-Day Saints? Baptist?  Methodist? Presbyterian? Pentecostal? Episcopalian? Anglican? Jehovah’s Witness? Seventh-Day Adventist? Quaker? Dutch Reform?   …..which?

* Well 90% of the time we automatically follow the church we were born into, without questioning, we follow that which our parents were

* And what if you do not follow any particular religious institution?

* What if you consider yourself spiritual – Believing, but indepentantly of church dogma i.e. not religious, believing in a universal Christ.  What then, are you then not a Christian?

★ SO, WHO WOULD CHRIST CALL A  “CHRISTIAN”?

* Would it be the person who belongs to a particular church and follows the traditions of that particular Christian church?
*And off course, I go back to – if so, then which church ?

* Afterall wasn’t Jesus a radical who rebelled against the political & religious establishments of His time, and was crucified for it?

* What of the other children of God? All of us are children of God, so God tells us, so what about the Jew? the Muslim? the Hindu? the Buddhist? the Sikh?, to name a few, and even the Athiest? What about them?

* Or would The “True follower” be the one who lives their life by following the VALUES of Jesus Christ regardless of their religion?

* Since the values of all religions are PEACE AND LOVE
what then truly makes us a Child of God made in the image of God?

* If a person truly upholds the religious beliefs, traditions, dogma of their religious institution, be it Catholism or  Greek Orthodox or Judiasm or Islam or Buddhism or any of the zillion religious organisations – if this devout follower
hurts another may it be physicalsly, mentally or emotionally, is that person the “True Christian”?

* OR is it the person whose values are of one….

~ who offers help to another when it is needed?
~ who speaks their truth without malice or condemnation?
~ who has pure intention and does not demeen another?
~ who gives support to another when they need it?
~ who does not judge another because of their beliefs, skin colour, sexual orientation, financial status?
~ who does not hold grudges and wishes the best for those who hurt them?
~ who believes in the brotherhood of man?
~ who sees another as an extension of self?
~ who forgives?
~ who bdlieves in peace?
~ who Loves unconditionally?
~ who does their best to follow the values of Jesus Christ, of Moses, of Allah, of Buddah, of the creator, of God?
(which when religious dogma is removed, at their core, they are all actually the same)

★SO, WHO IS THE “CHRISTIAN”???

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Contemplation {Margarita Horianos}

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  • When I’m deep inside of me I contemplate …

“Who Am I?” ~

“What are my soul’s deepest heartfelt desires?” ~

“What is the Meaning of Life?”

In meditation, Spirit answers me

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Authentic Success (Ralph Fiennes)

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“The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it. I call people successful not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings — their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born. Success.. is all about being able to extend love to people… not in a big, capital letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word.”
{Ralph Fiennes}

Awaken to Happiness – Introduction (Chopra Center)

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http://www.chopra.com/welcome-chopra-center

I realise this online series has ended, but I want to share its content on my blog as it’s really never too late to find happiness

Welcome!

When we embark on any journey, we usually begin with a desire or intention. We may want to experience new landscapes, have a daring adventure, or open to healing and inspiration. 

Just for a moment, consider the reasons why you enrolled in the Awaken to Happiness series. What are you looking for? What are you hoping to gain? What do you really, really want? What does happiness mean to you? 

Happiness is the goal of all other goals, yet most people seek happiness in a roundabout way. We have material goals such as financial abundance, a bigger house, or a new car. We want loving relationships, fulfilling work, and the ability to express our creativity. We may long to feel safe and to know that we belong. We might seek the limelight or wish for greater solitude and time away from the noise of the modern world. 

When you ask people why they want something, the ultimate answer is the same: They believe that when they get what they want, then they will be happy. This turns out not to be true. It’s the other way around. As current research reveals, happy individuals are statistically more likely than their gloomier counterparts to enjoy loving relationships, robust health, higher incomes, and successful careers. 

If we make happiness our primary goal instead of a secondary one, it becomes much easier to manifest everything else we desire. For the next eight weeks (and for the rest of your life), we invite you to focus on happiness as your ultimate goal. Here is the pathway we will be exploring: 

Week 1: Identify Your True Source of Happiness 
Week 2: Tune into Your Body’s Wisdom 
Week 3: Discover Authentic Self-Esteem 
Week 4: Detoxify Your Life 
Week 5: Open Your Heart 
Week 6: Cultivate the Gifts of Mindfulness 
Week 7: Replace Fear with Love 
Week 8: Celebrate 

Let’s begin with the important question: What is happiness and where do we find it?  

We wish you a wonderful week filled with peace, harmony, laughter, and love! 

In gratitude, 
The Chopra Center Staff

Let’s All Have A Dream of Equality as we are All One

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Today in the world there is so much pain caused by strife and injustice
and I believe it is because we see each other as separate from each other,
we do not see that we are all ONE made of the same stuff as all creation is made of.
Regardless what country you are from, what your religion is, what the colour of your skin is …
the words of Martin Luther King Jr are relevant today as they ever were in understanding
the concept of BROTHERHOOD and living with LOVE
because we cannot harm that which we love as then we will be harming ourselves.
I feel we have tried capitalism, socialism, communism, consumerism …
and it is now about time we try some SPIRITUALISM.

“I Have A Dream” speech
by The Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.
(Washington DC 28
August 1963)

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

 

How to Recognize Life’s Abundance by Deepak Chopra

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Deepak Chopra: How to Recognize Life’s Abundance
The co-founder of the Chopra Foundation and author of Super Brain shows you how to feel more fulfilled.

Now more than ever before, anxiety about loss of income has replaced the sense of abundance and fulfillment. Most of our fears about not having “enough” are about money and time. But what about a lack of emotional fulfillment, a lack of love, a lack of creative solutions? Abundance is all-embracing. At least it should be.

The most crucial thing to understand is that abundance begins in the mind. Do you believe you only lack something because you haven’t yet found a creative way to solve the problem? Or do you believe there’s never enough to go around, unfair stuff happens, and there’s not much you can do about it?

Choosing a belief system that cultivates abundance is crucial. But how do we do it? The simplest way to look at this—and also the most productive—is to recognize that you are always processing your life. There is input and output, forming a feedback loop. Input is the term for all the experiences that come your way during the day, while output is all your responses: your thoughts, words and actions. You are the one who oversees both. You sift through the input, evaluate it and take what you like, while rejecting what you don’t like. Nothing is more crucial than your contribution to the feedback loop: You are the one who colors everything that comes your way, using intention, belief, expectation, wishes, hopes, dreams and fears. No input is neutral, because you are emotionally invested in your experiences. At the other end of the process, when you produce output, you again color it the same way. Your thoughts, words and actions indicate how involved you are in your life. Thus the circle of personal reality is shaped, every minute of every day.

Abundance reveals itself when you build a feedback loop that can accept and build upon what life has to offer. Look at the familiar story of lottery winners who are worse off 10 years after their sudden windfall. Why? Because they couldn’t adapt. They processed life on a limited scale, and suddenly they were asked to process millions of dollars, massive attention, public exposure and the demands of people around them. Unless you have prepared the way, abundance itself can turn into a drain on you. The secret is to constantly build in small steps, taking advantage of small victories by using them to create your own belief system, one that can accept higher and higher levels of opportunity. Here are a few guidelines that you can use…

The first step to accepting abundance

1. Turn negativity into positive action.
Take one thing today that you feel negative about. Before the day is out, take one positive action that diminishes the negativity. Such actions include the following: standing up for yourself, speaking your truth, fixing what can be fixed, asking for help, seeking wise advice, walking away from things that can’t be fixed, reducing the stress and looking at your role in creating the negative situation. But the possibilities are endless. Taking even a small action begins to change the feedback you’re getting.

2. Get a healthy outside perspective.
In bad situations, people tend to contract and withdraw inside themselves. “It’s my problem” leads to isolation, which makes lack and loss feel worse. I realize that no one wants to be a burden on others and that everyone wants to preserve his or her dignity. But other people have confronted lack and loss, survived the pain and eventually made it all the way through. It helps enormously to be in touch with someone who has walked in your shoes.

3. Don’t indulge the level of futility.
“It’s hopeless. I’m helpless. Nothing will change or ever get better.” Everyone hears these words; the voice of futility persists because we were all little children who felt helpless and hopeless at times. If you indulge the voice of futility, it will pull you down to its level. So reject the temptation to indulge in a defeatist viewpoint (if you are depressed, which is a serious mental condition, seek professional help). Tell yourself, “This negative voice isn’t me.” Gently but firmly reject the voice of futility, and when any good thing happens, however small, remind yourself that the voice was wrong.

4. Expand your awareness.
The greatest enemy of abundance is contraction. When you find yourself in a tight situation, feeling that there is no way out, drawing a blank when you try to think of new solutions, or carrying around a heavy burden, these are signs of contraction, in mind, body and spirit. Expansion is the great friend of abundance. It brings in the light, opening up new possibilities. In a relaxed, open state, your awareness sees farther, and life isn’t so confined.  How can you expand your awareness? To begin with, set aside time every day for peace and quiet. The brain has a natural mechanism for resetting itself and getting back into balance. Give this mechanism a chance. Being under pressure, putting up with noise and stress, and never stopping to relax are counterproductive. Go into a quiet place and sit with your eyes closed for a few minutes at least two times a day. Let yourself become centered again, and if you can, practice meditation.

5. Take full responsibility.
If you want a radical cure for being a victim, here it is. Victims are dominated by external forces—other people, circumstances—and since outside forces cannot be controlled, it seems natural to give up responsibility for the bad things in your life. “I can’t help it” is like a poison seed that keeps multiplying and growing. The solution is to recognize that situations change only after a person quits looking outside and starts taking responsibility.  In effect, you are saying something positive: This is my life. You reclaim ownership of your life once you take responsibility. At the same time, you are stating a simple, inescapable truth. If your life isn’t your own, whom else can it belong to? No one else has enough time, money, energy and love to give you everything. Abundance comes from within. When you take responsibility, you accept everything, the good and the bad, as your whole package.

How to change your perspective

6. Develop a higher vision of your life.
There is such a thing as rich but miserable—we all know people who fit that pattern—but there is no such thing as fulfilled and miserable. Material abundance, which can be useful, contains no fulfillment by itself. Fulfillment comes from a vision that comes true. The higher the vision, the greater the fulfillment.

In effect, vision acts like a trigger for abundance. It sets in motion a host of hidden processes, because awareness builds upon itself, as you probably have already experienced. If you practice, you get good at things. If you reinforce the positive, there is more positivity to come. This is the ideal kind of feedback loop that can be applied to everything you dream of, wish for and envision. But it requires focus. When you learn to ride a bike, you don’t want to be eating a sandwich and texting a friend at the same time. Riding the bike is your focused intention. Apply this same concentration to your vision.

But what kind should you choose? Some principles are common to all higher visions, and they can be simply stated: I will be good and honest; I will be sincere; I will hold on to my truth; I will aim to love and be loved as best I can; I will add to everyone’s life, not simply my own; I will do no harm; I renounce violence; I will revere the things I believe in the most.

As for getting to the specifics, look at the people you most admire. Write down a list of heroes and heroines that inspire you, either form real life or fiction. Read biographies. Delve into scriptures and inspirational literature from the world’s wisdom traditions. As you expand your search, you won’t get more confused. Instead, you will find that certain elements ring true with you, over and over. Maybe it’s the element of service or devotion or giving or creativity. As you incorporate it into your thinking, your own vision will be clarified in your mind. This germinal stage is important, so don’t hasten it or become impatient. The vision you select is actually selecting you.

7. Make full use of your successes.
It’s strange to realize that abundance starts small. Doesn’t that contradict what the word “abundance” means? It means a bumper crop, a flow of good things and unlimited supply. Those are all applicable, but you can’t assume that abundance happens all at once, like a thunderstorm quenching a parched land. The process is more like attaining a skill. If you want to master walking a tightrope, you start small and low down, not big and high up. This actually insures that you will reach your goal.

So don’t set yourself up for failure by short-circuiting the process. A lot of things, including the wiring in your brain, must become organized around your goal. Every wish brings a result. The world’s wisdom traditions teach this lesson. But they also teach that results can be tiny, or mixed, or hidden from view because our awareness is limited and distracted. It helps to know that the process will never let you down—your every thought and intention becomes part of the feedback loop.

Be focused and consistent. Notice every step forward and take advantage of each small success. In this way, you close the gap between what you want from life and what it is giving you. At the same time, trusting the process also means not straining or adding to your stress. We are all programmed to fear the unknown, and yet every good thing in life emerges from the unknown.

In the end, the gap that separates lack from abundance is self-created. Abundance, however, comes down to connecting with a natural part of life. It is lack and loss that are unnatural. Life is a field of infinite possibilities. The unknown isn’t filled with just a few good things; the possibilities are unending. Try to make the connection. You have the ability. Creating your own reality is the richest gift you received at birth. Abundance is a wellspring for you to tap into, and the process of getting there actually works.

Read more:  http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Deepak-Chopra-How-to-Feel-More-Fulfilled

http://www.chopra.com/
http://www.chopra.com/ccl-meditation/resources.html
http://www.chopra.com/ccl-meditation/video.html

No Dust on the Mirror {Michael Bernard Beckwith}

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No Dust on the Mirror
By on Mar 23, 2013 in Lifestyle, Meditation

No Dust on the Mirror

We spend a good deal of time gazing at ourselves in the mirror with the physical eye, and into the mirror of our mind with an analytical eye, endeavoring in each case to size ourselves up in our own estimation as well as determining how others might evaluate us. Both of these mirrors are clouded with egoic dust, distorting our vision.  It is only when we turn our gaze inward with the inner eye of awareness that we can perceive our innate wholeness, for there is no dust on the mirror of the soul.

If we take away wholeness from wholeness, wholeness still remains.  Sounds like a Buddhist koan, doesn’t it?  Consider this:  a consciousness of wholeness reunifies us with our authentic self, so that even during those times when we are unaware of our wholeness, wholeness itself is intact, utterly dust free—only our awareness of it is missing.  When awareness returns, we are reunified with the Reality of our being.  We are freed from ego’s bondage and its ignorance-soaked history and habits.

Our practice is to become mindful—on the dot—of when we lose sight of our true nature.  Everyday experiences grace us with reminders by tapping on the shoulder of our awareness and bringing us back to the qualities we want to express in our interactions with others, with ourselves, with all life.  We are given the opportunity to reconnect with the high vision we hold for ourselves in our mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, professional, relational and communal life structures.

It serves us to remember that our human incarnation is about mothering our consciousness, just as the universe mothers us throughout our lifetime and beyond. Intelligence, wisdom, intuition, joy creativity—these are the qualities we want to mother within ourselves in order to unveil our original face.  We are here to set a conscious intention to evolve, living as the master artists that we are, creating, directing, and producing our lives.

Above all, the more we set aside time for meditation, contemplation, and life visioning, the more we have 20/20 vision in foresight rather than hindsight.  Our intuition is activated and we willingly dust off the ego and enter a consciousness of mindfulness and clear seeing.  It is through our spiritual practices that we actualize our highest potential for realizing our organic, enlightened state of consciousness.

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Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center headquartered in Los Angeles, author of Life Visioning, and originator of the Life Visioning Process™.Dr. Beckwith’s life is a living testament to building spiritual community. In the 1970’s he began an inward journey into the teachings of East and West, and today teaches universal truth principles found in the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality. Dr. Beckwith will present his “Life Visioning” course.

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The 5-Step Path to a Life of Love (Deepak Chopra)

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Deepak Chopra, co-founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-author of the new book War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, reveals how to create a life founded on the world’s most generous and joyful emotion.

Love has arrived at a strange crossroads. It seems very odd to say, “I want to be more loving. Is there a scientist who can help with that?” But in modern life, our notion of love has shifted. More and more we are told—in magazines, learned journals and media reports—that love can be broken down into medical explanations, that it is produced by reactions in the brain, both chemical and electrical. We may wish that love is divine, ideal and life-transforming, the news says, but to be realistic, we should throw out our old, unscientific notions and learn more about what the brain is doing to us.

I strongly oppose such a view of love—in fact, it frightens me. On the spiritual side, there’s a completely different and higher view of love, which goes something like this: Love is part of creation, woven into the very fabric of the universe. We love one another because we have tapped into nature at a deeper level. Yes, the brain is responsible for giving love its physical expression, yet ultimately, love comes from the soul.

A catchy phrase from an old pop song said, “Love the one you’re with.” Although you can journey outside yourself, the person to give your love to (and who, in return, must return that love), in truth, the one you are with every minute of the day, is yourself. The more rewarding way to find it is to go inward to the very source of love. If you do not do this, your love will depend on your mood swings, on how others see you and on the lovable and unlovable traits you see in yourself and others.

As soon as we measure people by what is lovable and unlovable, trouble arises. The unlovable person is labeled odd, an outsider, bad or an enemy. We create unhappiness instead. We practice nonlove, that voice inside that whispers in our ears, “They are different from us.” Or, “Fight for what you want and don’t quit until you win.” Or, “When bad things happen to other people, it’s their own fault.”

We need to restore love as the key to happiness—a difficult task. That’s why we need a spiritual path, so that we can walk away from nonlove and its confusions. Here are five basic steps that can lead you to a new life where everyone, most especially yourself, is worthy of loving and being loved.

Question

Step 1: Believe in Love
When you say, “I love my work,” or “I love my partner,” you are expressing belief and showing faith in something outside yourself. As good as that is, even better is to have faith in love as part of yourself. When anyone asks me, “How do I find the right one?” I always give the same advice: To find the right one, become the right one. Belief in love is a spiritual kind of belief. It holds that love exists as a universal quality, outside ourselves, that can never be defeated, only covered over. Thus love and nonlove are not equals. Love is permanent; nonlove is temporary.

Step 2: Don’t Limit Love to a Few People and Deny It to Others
It’s very common to say: “I love my own children, and I love my neighbor’s children. But when it comes to my kids, I love them more.” That’s perfectly understandable. But there’s a spiritual teaching, going back thousands of years, which goes “The world is my family.” If love is universal, no one can be left out. To leave others out of your love is the same as inviting them to leave you out too.

Step 3: Make the Search for Love an Inward Search
Often we feel loved and insecure at the same time. The one we love is somebody we invest in emotionally, and emotions, by definition, are changeable. The one you love may turn indifferent or worse. The problem here is a kind of illusion. When you take someone into your heart, it’s like filling a hole inside. If that person should spurn and reject you, suddenly the hole reappears as a terrible ache. Yet the hole was always there, and only you can fill it permanently. Ultimately, the inward journey is about finding your own fullness, something that no one else can take away.

Step 4: Seek Other People Who Value Love As Much As You Do
There’s an old tradition: If you want to be wise, be in the company of wise people. I’d say the same is true about love. If you want to know about any human experience, seek out those who have walked the path of that experience. In our society, we are embarrassed to talk personally about truth, compassion, faith and love. This inhibition is part of our insecurity. Think of spirit as a community; it’s not a talent you develop like a teenager learning to play the guitar. Perhaps community is too big a word, however. Perhaps you can start by finding one person who is wise in the ways of love, who knows what it means to live at a deeper level. That’s a wonderful step in the right direction.

Step 5: Believe in Love As a Powerful Force
The first four steps depend on this one, believing that love has its own power. This is a power to transform. It’s a power that cuts through doubt, suspicion, distrust and even hatred. Unless love has its own power, there are too many reasons to act from nonlove. We see all around us people who madly pursue pleasure or money or status because they don’t trust in love. Without such trust that love can make a difference, of course you will pursue surrogates. Pleasure, money and status are compensations when love is absent or too weak to transform your life. No one has to give up on such surrogates, but it makes a huge difference to know that they are nonlove. The power of love is that it dissolves nonlove. That’s the kind of power you find on the spiritual path.

None of the steps is automatic. Each takes work and practice. But now, more than ever, it’s all important to reinvent the spiritual side of love. The steps may not be easy, but they are not impossible either. You only need to follow them with all your heart.

Read more:
http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/
Deepak-Chopra-The-5-Step-Path-to-a-Life-of-Love#ixzz2OItR1DSp

 

 

 

 

The Invitation {Oriah Mountain Dreamer}

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The Invitation  

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

—00Ooo—

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

Spiritualism

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Capitalism Socialism Communism – have they worked? Think maybe its time for worldwide Spiritualism

The Law of Detachment – Daily Inspiration from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

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The Law of Detachment:

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty . . . in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.

I will put the Law of Detachment into effect by
making a commitment to take the following steps:

  1. Today I will commit myself to detachment. I will allow myself and those around me the freedom to be as they are. I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be. I will not force solutions on problems, thereby creating new problems. I will participate in everything with detached involvement.
  2. Today I will factor in uncertainty as an essential ingredient of my experience. In my willingness to accept uncertainty, solutions will spontaneously emerge out of the problem, out of the confusion, order and chaos. The more uncertain things seem to be, the more secure I will feel, because uncertainty is my path to freedom. Through the wisdom of uncertainty, I will find my security.
  3. I will step into the field of all possibilities and anticipate the excitement that can occur when I remain open to an infinity of choices. When I step into the field of all possibilities, I will experience all the fun, adventure, magic and mystery of life.

Daily Inspiration

“The physical world, including our bodies,
is a response of the observer.

We create our bodies as we create
the experience of our world.”

– Deepak Chopra

(I love Deepak Chopra and what the Chopra Center stands for  and that is why I copy their messages  to my blog so that I can encourage any readers  to link onto the Chopra Center website  in order to get in touch with their spirit and find inspiration as I do)

NAMASTE

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The Law of Intention and Desire – Daily Inspiration from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

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(I love Deepak Chopra and what the Chopra Center stands for  and that is why I copy their messages  to my blog so that I can encourage any readers  to link onto the Chopra Center website  in order to get in touch with their spirit and find inspiration as I do)

 

 The Law of Intention and Desire:

Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. When we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.

I will put the Law of Intention and Desire into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:

  1. I will make a list of all my desires.
    I will carry this list with me wherever I go.
    I will look at this list before I go into my silence and meditation.
    I will look at it before I go to sleep at night.
    I will look at it when I wake up in the morning.
  2. I will release this list of my desires and surrender it to the womb of creation, trusting that when things don’t seem to go my way, there is a reason, and that the cosmic plan has designs for me much grander than even those I have conceived.
  3. I will remind myself to practice present-moment awareness in all my actions.
    I will refuse to allow obstacles to consume and dissipate the quality of my attention in the present moment.
    I will accept the present as it is, and manifest the future through my deepest, most cherished intentions and desires.

Daily Inspiration

“One can get just as much exultation in losting oneself in a little thing
as in a big thing.
It is nice to think how one can be recklessly lost in a daisy!”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Take Care of You {Margarita Horianos}

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

IT IS THE HOUSE YOU LIVE IN

WHILE IN THIS PHYSICAL PLANE.

LOVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TO

TREASURE YOUR TEMPLE.

WITH A HEALTHY

BODY, MIND & HEART

YOU LIVE THE PURPOSE

OF YOUR SOUL AND 

YOUR SPIRIT SOARS.

LOVE ALWAYS.

{Margarita Horianos}

TAO TE CHING – Dr Wayne W Dyer

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I attended the  “I Can Do It!” event and I can say it was
one of the  most fulfilling weekends of my life !
I would therefore like to share lessons from this experience.
So here goes …..

BOOK DESCRIPTION
Living The Wisdom Of The Tao
The Complete Tao Te Ching and Affirmations

by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
This book offers you an opportunity to internalize and directly experience the great wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, a collection of verses authored by the Chinese prophet Lao-tzu.  The words Tao Te Ching translate to living and applying the Great Way. Although just 81 short verses, the Tao encourages you to change your life by literally changing the way you think.
The Tao Te Ching offers you Divine guidance on virtually every area of human existence.   It is a new way of thinking in a world that needs to recapture its ancient teachings.

 A SUMMARY OF THE 81 VERSES OF THE TAO

Taken from websitehttp://kozabodhi.com/musings/wisdom-of-the-tao-te-ching-wayne-dyer-2/

 The early Tao was in two sections,
the Tao (Way)
Section (Chapters 1 to 37)  and
the Te (virtue/moral force) Section (Chapters 38 to 81)

One
I choose to enjoy living the Great Mystery.
The Tao that can be named is not the Tao.

Two
When my work is done it is forgotten.
That is why it lasts forever.

Three
I know that there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.

Four
The all providing Tao is empty yet Inexhaustible.

Five
I will work at eliminating all of my judgments of others.

Six
I pay attention to my Inner callings and apply my
own uniqueness to everything I undertake.

Seven
It is through selfless action I will experience my own fulfilment.

Eight
I live in accordance with Nature and therefore
never go against the way of things.

Nine
When my cup is Full I will stop pouring.

Ten
I suspend my belief in opposites by seeing myself in all.

Eleven
The usefulness of what is depends on what is not.

Twelve
I choose to ignore the seductive lure of acquisition and fame.

Thirteen
I see myself as everything. I love myself as everyone.

Fourteen
Discovering how things have always been.

Fifteen
The place of my origination is stillness from which all creation originates.

Sixteen
Amidst the rush of worldly comings & goings,
I observe how all endings become beginnings.

Seventeen
I fully trust that others do know what is best for themselves.

Eighteen
I act virtuously. I do not need rules to be kind and just.

Nineteen
I am moral, profitable and a genius extraordinaire regardless of

what any transcript or bank statement may say.

Twenty
I am doing nothing. Rather, I am being done.

Twenty-One
How do I know the way of all things at the beginning?

…. I see it within myself.

Twenty-Two
I resist any brokenness by being bending & flexible … when storms appear.

Twenty-Three
In all of nature, No storm can last forever.

Twenty-Four
Boasting or showing off are superfluous excesses.

This practice must be uprooted, thrown out and left behind forever.

Twenty-Five
I come from greatness. I attract greatness. I Am Greatness.

Twenty-Six
I have the ability to stay poised and focused
regardless of what goes before me.

Twenty-Seven
What is a good man, but a bad man’s teacher. W
hat is a bad man, but a good man’s job.

Twenty-Eight
As I preserve my original qualities, I can do or govern anything.
I live with radical humility

Twenty-Nine
I allow my life to unfold naturally.

There is a time for being ahead, there is a time for being behind …
There is a time for being in motion, there is a time for being at rest.
There is a time for being vigorous; there is a time for being exhausted.

Thirty
Whatever strains with force will soon decay. I eschew any and all

forms of violence. I take the line of least resistance in all my actions.

Thirty-One
I allow my highest nature to come forward and bring

love to the places where I used to live in hatred.

Thirty-Two
I trust in the perfect goodness of the Tao to guide and

direct me wherever it will. I allow my thoughts and ideas to
be carried by the great wave of The Tao.

Thirty-Three
I am replacing my desire for power over others with my efforts

to understand and master myself in any way and all situations.
The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.

Thirty-Four
By not claiming greatness I will achieve greatness.

Thirty-Five
When you look for it there is nothing to see.

When you listen for it there is nothing to hear.
When you use it, it cannot be exhausted. This is The Great Tao.

Thirty-Six
I seek out obscurity by suppressing any desires for attention or recognition.

Thirty-Seven
The Tao does nothing but leaves nothing undone.

Thirty-Eight
I trust my essential nature. I let go of all polarities…

And I live In The Indivisible Oneness of Tao…
Goodness and Godness are one and I trust who I am. A Child of God.

Thirty-Nine
I am a piece of the Whole and I act in accordance with

The Wholeness of Tao.

Forty
I bow to the All Creating power from which
I came and to which I am returning.

Forty-One
By following The Way I will not become complicated,
extraordinary or prominent.

Rather I will become subtle and simple and uncomplicated.

Forty-Two
I release attachment to all objects, status, people and institutions.

I Gain by Losing, I Lose by Gaining.

Forty-Three
The softest of all things overrides the hardest of all things.

Forty-Four
I let go of my need for more and live in a state of pure gratitude.

Giving is replacing my demands for more.

Forty-Five
The experience of inner peace is my true gauge of all my accomplishments.

Forty-Six
There is no greater loss than losing my connection to Tao.

I find bliss of eternity in my contentment.

Forty-Seven
Without going out of the door I can know the world.

Without looking out of the window I can see the ways of heaven.

Forty-Eight
In order to enliven my experience of the Tao and live by

it’s principles I practice decreasing my reliance on things.

Forty-Nine
It is my choice to be kind to those who are kind.

It is my choice to be kind to those who are unkind,
because the nature of my being is kindness.
And that is all I have to give away.

Fifty
I am an immortal spiritual being having a temporary human experience.

Fifty-One
The great Tao has no great expectations of me.

No demands, no battles or wars to fight and no history to live up to.

Fifty-Two
All under heaven have a common beginning.

This beginning is the mother of the world and my eternal mother.

Fifty-Three
If I have even a little sense I should walk in the great

way and my only fear would be straying.
I live honorably. I see myself in all others.

Fifty-Four
I am like a great wave of light that illuminates the room.

Everyone will see the light and become affected.

Fifty-Five
I attract the cooperative Power of The Tao when I release

the need to control anyone’s life including my own.

Fifty-Six
Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.

The less I care about the approval of others, the more approval I receive.

Fifty-Seven
I work at allowing all others to trust in their highest nature,

rather than imposing my rules & regulations on them.
Moreover I am free to be myself.
I do not have to live by anyone else’s rules.

Fifty-Eight
Bad fortune has good fortune hiding within it

and good fortune is what bad fortune hides in.

Fifty-Nine
I practice living without limits by gathering virtue and modeling it.

Sixty
When I refrain from thoughts of harm directed at others,

all the benefits of life accumulate to me.

Sixty-One
My loved ones and I cannot and will not be impacted

by the presence of evil anywhere in the world.
By staying calm and under the radar others will
ultimately join me in friendship and trust.

Sixty-Two
I am a divine creation of Tao as are all others.

I cast out no one, rather I cast out wickedness
by elevating others with my deeds.

Sixty-Three
I see simplicity in the complicated.

I do great things while they are small.
I can get anywhere from here.

Sixty-Four
A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.

A tree grows from one seedling. A tower starts with one brick.

Sixty-Five
Because I know that I do not know,
I will be guided to find my own way.

Sixty-Six
I do not put myself above others or see myself as superior to anyone.

I am like the great ocean where all streams flow to me.
Because I stay low and thus I am a servant to all.

Sixty-Seven
I live the three treasures of Mercy, Frugality and Humility
in all of my dealing with others.

Sixty-Eight
Whatever I fight weakens me.
Whatever I cooperate with strengthens me.

Sixty-Nine
There is no greater misfortune than feeling “I have an Enemy”.

For when “I” and “Enemy” exist together there is no room for God.

Seventy
I want to think like God thinks. To act as God acts.
To live a God realized life.

Seventy-One
I trust that a happy and contented mind, which is sick of being sick,

will have a happy, contented body.

Seventy-Two
By staying in a state of awe and bewilderment,

I loosen Ego’s hold on my thinking.
My body is perfect, born at precisely the right time and this is my perfect age.
I accept myself as I am and I surrender to the natural course of my body’s destiny.

Seventy-Three
It is Heaven’s way to conquer without striving.

The Tao does everything without needing to attack.
It is my intention to emulate Heaven’s way by listening more,
speaking less and trusting that my answers will come without any screaming.
I slow my pace so that it harmonizes with heaven’s way.

Seventy-Four
I realize that all things change and therefore
there is nothing for me to hold onto.

By not fearing death there is nothing that I cannot achieve.

Seventy-Five
I place fewer and fewer demands on others and myself.

I am free to commune with nature, to work,
play, read or just do nothing.

Seventy-Six
I choose to be strong by being soft and pliable
rather than inflexible, brittle and hard.

Seventy-Seven
I can keep on giving because there is no end to my wealth.

I am pleased to offer my surplus to others.

Seventy-Eight
I remain serene in the midst of sorrow and therefore
prevent evil from entering my heart.

Seventy-Nine
Someone must risk returning injury with kindness
or hostility will never turn to goodwill.

I choose to close out any future conflict with love and kindness.

Eighty
I choose to live in a state of radical appreciation and
give humble thanks for all that I have.

Paradise is wherever I am.

Eighty-One
I choose to live by accumulating less, giving more, arguing less and

releasing my attachment to everything in the world of the 10,000 things. 

—oo O oo—

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows as well as speaking at many seminars and workshops around the world.
Visit his Website: www.DrWayneDyer.com
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