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Embracing Confusion

June 17, 2014 2 comments

Often times, seekers pursue spirituality to overcome a sense of confusion. Yet, the deepest intention of spirituality is not to overcome confusion in pursuit of more clarity. It is the sincere and heartfelt willingness to find true clarity by relaxing into any sense of confusion, as an essential part of awakening to your true divine nature. Confusion arises during the unraveling of the overstimulated nervous system which represents the withering away of ego consciousness.

Think of confusion as the maturing of a flower. The confusion symbolizes the flower forgetting all the memories of being a seed, as it blossoms open to reveal its true identity; a reality no seed can ever anticipate or imagine. As memories of being a seed are forgotten, it recognizes itself not just as any flower in particular, but as the vastness of the garden miraculously exploring itself – throughout such a unique journey of blossoming.

During your experience of blossoming, any sense of confusion invites you to let go of all beliefs, identifications, and attachments to all ideas of yourself, just as the flower metaphorically forgets being a seed as it grows into the purity of itself. Ironically, the same spiritual path one pursues to advance their experience of awakening quickly becomes a path of never-ending distractions. Whenever you find yourself in pursuit of infinite spiritual ideas, or constantly engaging in endless practices, or even running toward the next spiritual milestone, you are overlooking the simplicity of relaxing into confusion by imagining it must be avoided in favor of some form of clarity.

As confusion is avoided by remaining in search of the clarity of conceptual understanding, one is led directly into further heartbreak, loss, and failure – to inevitably unravel what relaxing into confusion is always ready to reveal. If constant heartbreak, loss, and failure doesn’t sound like the smoothest path available to you, then it’s time to demonstrate your deepest level of sincerity and face the experience of confusion with the innocence and curiosity of an open heart.

Once confusion arises, all one has to do is relax into it, like a seed that has finally found a home in the ground, beginning to sprout roots on a journey of growth only leading one upward.

Just like when tending to a garden, seeds don’t usually need too much coaxing once they are planted in place, nor do flowers require specific rules to follow, or endless streams of ideas in order to grow. All they need is the gentle care and loving attention from those who are inspired to support their growth, so all the elements may come together to express the uniqueness and wondrous beauty of life’s eternal Source.

The spiritual journey may include the collecting of wisdom, the repetition of practices, or following a step-by-step process promising some elusive carrot at the end of a stick. While such experiences are widely available at the beginning of the journey, they are discarded along the way. As this occurs, you are invited to shed ideas of personal security, preparing you to remain open and unopposed, as the precision of confusion invites your deepest level of sincerity to bubble up to the surface.

At this point, there are two distinct options. One is choosing to embrace confusion however it appears, while the other is a diligent need to further avoid it. You may ask yourself: Are you willing to relax into confusion and discover in yourself what no organized spiritual concept is able to reveal? Or, are you more interested in rushing back to a full-time schedule of repeating quotes to others, debating ideas of truth, and engaging in the repetition of practice that never intends to guide you beyond the need for more practice?

There is no right or wrong answer to be found here. The spiritual path always contains the ongoing theme of uncompromising sincerity. No matter what you imagine the spiritual path may help you find, all you can ever do is ask yourself the most direct questions possible to reveal where your deepest interests are ready to lead you.

No matter what feels appropriate for you at any stage of the journey, no one is ever being helped whenever you’re assisting them in escaping the essential opportunity of embracing confusion. Such an opportunity is what expressions of disappointment, loss, heartbreak, and failure invite into our lives. These blessings in disguise are commonly overlooked by endless judgments through any need to constantly seek conceptual forms of spiritual clarity. If avoidance is chosen, it can quickly become the next practice you’ll be inspired to constantly employ. That is, until the insistence to avoid confusion breaks apart, leaving you with no other alternative, but to face what only the innocence of heartfelt honesty may ever survive.

If you wish to assist yourself or others when awakening into spiritual maturity, discard every idea, belief, or concept that only serves to feed the hungry overthinking mind, and dare to love each and every heart – just as it is. Remember, while a seed may grow impatient in the blossoming process, the sun always knows there is nothing to rush.

By Matt Kahn © Copyright 2011 True Divine Nature, LLC 

Categories: Spiritualism

Happiness Is Not Always

May 18, 2012 2 comments

Posted on: Osho Times.

See the dictionary under the letter ‘h’ — only there will you always find happiness. In life things are very mixed up. Day and night are together, so are happiness and unhappiness. Life and death are together, so is everything.  Life is rich because of polar opposites. The very idea that one would like to be happy forever is stupid. The very idea will create only unhappiness and nothing else. You will become more and more miserable because more and more you will be missing your so-called eternal happiness. Your greed is too much.

Then who is the happy person? The happy person is not one who is always happy. The happy person is one who is happy even when there is unhappiness. Try to understand it. The happy person is one who understands life and accepts its polarities. He knows success is possible only because failure is also possible. So when failure comes he accepts it.

I remember one incident of my childhood. A great wrestler had come to my town. Everybody was very interested in wrestling, so the whole town had gathered. I have seen many people and many wrestlers in my life but he was really rare. He had something of Zen in him.

For ten days the wrestling continued, and every day he defeated a famous wrestler. Finally he was declared to be the winner. The day he was declared to be the winner he went around and touched the feet of all the ten persons whom he had defeated.

Everybody was puzzled about why he did it. I was a small child, I went to him and I asked him, ‘Why did you do that? This is strange.’ He said, ‘It is only because of them that I am victorious. If they had not allowed themselves to be defeated, I would not be victorious. So I owe it to them. My victory depends on their defeat, so really I feel greatly thankful to them. There was only one possibility: either I was to be defeated or they were to be defeated. And they are good people, they accepted defeat.’

This is a very Sufi or Zen idea. Things are interdependent: failure/success, happiness/unhappiness, summer/winter, youth/old age, beauty/ugliness — all are interdependent, they exist together. And the man who starts seeking one pole against the other pole is getting into unnecessary trouble. It is not possible, he desires the impossible; and he will get very frustrated.

Then what should the attitude be? When happiness comes, enjoy happiness; when unhappiness comes, enjoy unhappiness. When there is happiness, dance with it; when there is unhappiness, cry with it. That’s what I mean when I say ‘Enjoy’. Unhappiness is a must. If you can accept unhappiness as smoothly as you welcome happiness, you will transcend both. In that very acceptance is transcendence. Then unhappiness and happiness will not make much difference to you, you will remain the same. When there is sadness you will have a taste of it; and when there is joy you will have a taste of it. And sometimes bitter things also taste beautiful.

And sadness has something of depth in it which no happiness can ever have. Happiness has something shallow. Laughter always looks shallow, tears always look deep. If you want to be happy always, you will become a shallow person, a superficial person. Sometimes it is good to fall into the depths, dark depths and dismal depths of sadness. Both are good. And one should be total in both. Whatsoever happens, go totally into it. When crying, become the crying, and when dancing, become the dance. Then the ultimate happens to you. By and by you forget the distinction between what happiness is and what unhappiness is. You enjoy both! So by and by the distinction disappears. And when the distinction has disappeared, there arises something which is eternally there, which remains always there. That is witnessing.

Excerpted from Sufis The People of the Path, Vol 1 # 10/courtesy Osho International Foundation

Categories: Spiritualism

Peace

February 29, 2012 3 comments

Shared by: Pinky

Read: John 16:33

13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

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Verse: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and don’t be afraid. (John 14:27)

Trusting God in every situation is the only way to stay in peace. Romans 12:13 says, “ Joy and peace are found in believing.” Many a times if things don’t go our way we get frustrated and it destroys our peace. God will do what he wants to do. So well, get into the flow with God and don’t go against the flow. We must maintain peace in our relationship with God, with ourselves and fellow men. We must maintain peace with God by believing and trusting Him.

We can maintain peace with our fellow men by not allowing strife to be a part of our relationship with other people. Keep in mind that even if you live your life trying to make people happy there is still going to be someone who is not going to like what you are doing. It is easy to lose peace when someone hurts you.

We keep on worrying about it and many a times we spend sleepless nights. The only way to get along with people is to be generous with forgiveness. Forgive people when they hurt you and offend you. Your worth and value are not determined by how other people have treated you and what they have said about you. Just because somebody rejected you doesn’t mean you were wrong. May be they have got a problem. Don’t try to control other people it will only steal your peace from you. You may have everything in your life but if you don’t have peace its not going to be worth anything.

Confession: I operate in God’s abundance of peace because Jesus is the Lord of my life. He has made me king in this life therefore I rule and reign over every circumstances of life. Amen.

Categories: Spiritualism

Hindu Deities, How They Helped Me, and How They Can Help You Too

February 1, 2012 4 comments

I know that this article will deny the very grounds of some religions, so if you are a strong follower and defender of any monotheistic religion, then you are better off not reading this article at all. However if you are open to a better understanding of God from the Eastern point of view, then you will benefit from reading this post.

Every person understands religion slightly differently, and my interpretation of Hindu gods is this. There is one God in Hinduism, that is the Universal Intelligence, and there are many other smaller gods, who are the aspects of the Universal Intelligence. Furthermore, if I am not mistaken, in Hinduism the One God is not called God at all, gods in Hinduism are the certain forces of the One God together with some personal elements.

This is also confirmed by Tibetan faith, the faith that is so deep and pure, yet very highly inaccessible because of the oppressions of Tibet. In Tibetan faith there are six realms a person can get to after their death, and if they were abiding the laws of the universe, they may go to the realm of Gods. (A good but boring book to read about Tibetan understanding of what happens after death is this.

The realm of gods indeed hosts gods, but these deities are still one step away from merging with the Universal Intelligence. That’s why gods are still personal in Hinduism, in my opinion. They are still committing some “sins” which stops them from merging with the Universe – mainly pride and thinking that there is no further involvement point, in the view of the Tibetans. Nevertheless gods are much more developed than humans and therefore they gladly help any person who asks for their help.

Some of the gods are very developed, but they still choose to incarnate to help the humanity evolve. And some have some distance go to completely merge with one God because they express pride, anger or other worldly passions.

What I like about Hindu deities is that each of them is the incarnation of some particular aspect of the universe (e.g. love, wealth, understanding) and if you pray to that deity to get that aspect, you will. Let me explain.

There is a well known goddess Lakshmi in India. She is the Goddess of wealth. So if you have her image in your home or pray to get wealth, you most likely will. This is because smaller gods and goddesses are still personal, whilst the universal intelligence is impersonal. And if you pray, you are transcending the laws of nature, so even if you don’t deserve to get wealth, you will, because of the help of the goddess.

I think in the West those goddesses and gods are like our saints. Each saint represents some earthly or divine aspect, and if you call for the saint, he will respond.

Some gurus of India even tell that it’s better to pray to these gods and goddesses than to one God, because most people have too hard a time to grasp the notion of God pervading everything, and they get much better results when praying to one particular aspect of God.

Praying to one particular god or goddess makes your prayer very focused, because your spiritual force targets another defined(for a lack of a better word) spiritual force.

In Hinduism there are countless gods and goddesses, and each one of them has several or multiple powers. At first, when I heard about this, I thought this was just a beautiful fairy tale. All those images of blue, black and white supernatural beings seemed pretty, but nothing more. But then I bought a sticker of a beautiful Hindu goddess which I new nothing about, and my wealth instantly boosted. I then found out that this was Lakshmi’s image, which is the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Encouraged by this discovery but still not convinced about the whole theory of powerful Hindu gods, I bought a sticker of Buddha, which is again believed by Hindus to be the incarnation of one aspect of God. When I got into my meditative position and fixed my gaze at this sticker with a candle lit next to it, I very quickly got into a deep meditation, which showed me that Buddha can be an excellent meditation teacher, and again proved to me that Hindu gods are indeed powerful and valid.

Further encouraged by this success I bought the image of Krishna, mainly because it was a really beautiful image and I wanted to again see if this aspect of God was valid and powerful. And again I wasn’t disappointed, because I got some interesting experiences as a result of this deity brought into my home (if a hotel room can be called home:))

What happens most often when I focus on Krishna’s image is that the whole room seems to be filled with smoke and only his image shines. This is a very strange experience indeed and I still need to find out the meaning of it, but this God, as I came to experience, really has some powers.

One day I was wondering if Krishna ever existed at all whilst meditating and looking at the image, and it fell down. And then I started one day praying whilst looking at the Krishna’s image after a day of my anger, and then the image fell down, as though Krishna was disappointed in me. Thus these events seem to confirm my theory of deities being personalized aspects of God.

Once whilst looking at a Krishna’s image I expressed a wish to find out more about who this deity was, and only now I realise that a few days after my prayer one Hindu man told me a story about Krishna being incarnated in this world only for one mission – to fight the evils of this world. Krishna brings joy and happiness to the homes of those who choose to worship him.

(And now whilst I’m editing this post for the final publishing, I will add another thing that happened. Yesterday I bought a Hindu sacred book Gita. I just chose it randomly, without knowing what it’s about. It turns out it’s about the philosophy of Krishna.)

In every Hindu’s home there is a sacred place with the images of all the gods and goddesses she chooses to worship. Some pray to only one god, but usually people worship multiple gods. Businesses are likely to have the image of Lakshmi, women in India like worshiping Krishna, and Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, is also widely worshiped.

There are even temples in India for the god of wrath and the god of death, which people choose to worship to please them and thus keep the aspects they represent away from them.

These gods, in my opinion, are powerful focused energies representing some earthly or godly aspect, who choose to incarnate from time to time, or not incarnate at all. They respond to our prayers but their blessings are limited to what they represent. For example, if you pray to the god of dance for a better health, you may not get the result you want.

I think these gods are helping us along the way, they are like walking sticks when you need them, but at the end you should drop them and walk alone. Because that’s the only way to realise the pure universal intelligence that is you.

So if you feel you need those “walking sticks”, praying to gods and goddesses is perfect. Of course these gods might be completely unfamiliar to you, because they are Eastern, so you might be better off praying to Western saints, like St. Paul an so on, if that’s the case with you.

Some people are capable of seeing God in everything, and if they have very small egos, they can even choose to worship a person, because indeed everyone of us has God inside. (And if you are capable of worshiping another person this means you are highly spiritually developed and pride is long gone from your life. This also applies for people agreeing to work for free, like cleaning the floors in temples.)

If you choose to worship nature, people or anything else you see the God in, you are likely to progress spiritually quicker, whilst worshiping particular aspects of God will fill your life with the blessings those gods give, be it peace, sound health or anything else.

It’s very sad that during the Middle Ages due to the persecution and killing of  ”heretics”, people became scared of worshiping nature,  going back to the past lives and other spiritual practices which used to fill them with the knowledge of God and soul immortality. The effects of the witch hunt are even felt today, when people scoff at pagans or those who choose to worship God in their own ways. Gladly in India Hinduism preserved the conscious connection to God, and thus we can learn from this religion a great deal about this all-pervading intelligence.

Even today people laugh at things like palm reading, healing with herbs and acupuncture, which shows how deep a damage has been done when power thirsty people chose to wipe out the innocent practices for the conscious connection to God from our lives.

Praying to Hindu gods and goddesses is one of the ways to gain this connection to God and understand God better. There are many more ways, of course, to know God, but this is a very effective one.

Below I list some of the Indian gods and goddesses you can pray to to receive their blessings:

Krishna

Krishna is the god of joy and happiness. He is one of the most worshiped gods in India and is considered the avatar of Vishnu. He is depicted in pictures as playing flute or as a small child. Krishna’s story is very interesting and worth reading to understand this god and his blessings better.

 

Ganesh

Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, is the remover of obstacles and the god of success. He is widely worshiped in India. This god is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati.

Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth. She is also worshiped as a Goddess of fertility and wisdom.

Dhanvantari

Dhanvantari is the God of health and Ayurveda medicine. He can be called forth for better health, understanding of natural medicines or any other matter relating to medicine and health.

Kali

Kali is the goddess of death of the ego and the goddess of time. Worship her to overcome the “I am the body” idea. She is the destroyer of the illusion that this world is. For the people with big egos Kali seems very frightening and they will not be able to worship her. Her dress of human skulls and arms is the symbol of winning over the material form and realising the spiritual form.

Yama

Yama is the God of death and justice, rarely worshiped in India today. He is the one, according to Hinduism, who weighs good and bad deeds after the death of a person and decides what the next incarnation (inferior or superior) will be. You can pray to Yama to spare your life or somebody else’s.

Parvati

Parvati (the deity in pink dress) is the goddess of love and devotion. She is the wife of Shiva, the God you see behind her. Her story, like that of Krishna’s, is very beautiful and should be read in order to know this Goddess better. Her son is Ganesh (the elephant-headed deity).

 

Shiva

Shiva is considered to be one of the five primary forms of God and is worshiped to acquire all the good qualities a human should possess. He is always depicted as young because it is said that he conquered death and rebirth, and is therefore immortal.

I’m not asking you to worship any gods if you don’t want to or it seems too alien for you, but for those open enough for a different way to perceive God this experience will be hugely beneficial.

Article by: Simona Rich (Personal Development Coach)

Categories: Meditation, Spiritualism

Soul Ties: What You Should Know About Them

December 21, 2011 4 comments

In India most people may not know what soul-ties are, but at least their tradition doesn’t allow them to make many soul-ties. However in the West people are completely ignorant of this very important topic and thanks to the media and the common opinion, most people are completely enslaved by numerous soul ties.

I feel that now I know enough about soul ties to be able to write a blog post about this topic, and I hope that my findings and my intuitive information will help you to better understand this phenomenon.

In probably every religion there is mentioned in one way or another that sexual relationships lead to strong soul-ties. For example in the Bible it’s said that those who have sexual relationships become ‘one flesh’ and in Vedas the expression ‘soul-ties’ is directly mentioned.

Basically when you have a sexual or intense non-sexual relationship with another human being, your souls become as though tied together. And so if you had more than one partner, for example, you cannot be committed fully to one person only, because you are on a spiritual level still involved with your exes.

(Instead of ‘soul ties’, I would rather coin this phenomenon ‘soul bridges’ because in my opinion it’s easier to understand how souls can become connected when you imagine as though a bridge extending between them.)

Indeed sexual relationships form extremely strong soul ties, followed by blood relationships (your mother, brothers, father and then grandparents) and then friendship to people who are not your relatives. (This sequence, of course, could differ, depending on the intensity of the relationships and the circumstances.) If you have children, the soul ties to them will probably be the strongest of all.

Maybe soul ties are one of the reasons why in the West most families are dysfunctional and there are so many divorces. The husband feels that the wife does not give her entire love to him, and the wife feels in the same way about her husband. They are together but they seem distant, unavailable to each other. They don’t understand each other fully and they don’t know why this is so. Well this happens because both of their souls are tied to other peoples’, so they can’t be fully together.

You may know from your own experience that your first partner is special and you tend to give all of yourself to that one partner. This is the indication that you tied your soul to his, and because you had no previous strong soul ties you tend to give all your attention to him. But if you had more partners in the past, you can never feel as one soul with your present partner.

And if you even conversed with people who are known to have multiple partners, you may have felt how shallow they were, that there’s nothing deep about them, because these soul-ties took the depth out of such people. They as though wasted their souls bit by bit, left the pieces of their souls to those with whom they had sexual relationships. That’s why it’s extremely hard, if not impossible, for such people to ever have strong families of their own.

Such individuals will always feel empty (if they don’t do anything about it) and would falsely think that this emptiness could be filled by a new partner, and that the reason their current partners can’t fill this emptiness is because these partners are not right for them. This is not so. Such people could only become “full” again by understanding how much they have tied up their souls to other people’s and asking God to break those heavy energy-seeping bonds.

Such people are like drying lakes. The more streams form from them taking the water away, the more shallow the lakes become until eventually they dry up.

The bonds between souls are energy-seeping. These bonds you form allow the person you form the bonds with enslave you emotionally. The reason, therefore, some females go through the most horrible abuse from their husbands but do nothing about it, is because they have soul-ties with those abusers. And so this weakens the victim’s soul and makes her sometimes unable to respond to an aggressor in a way beneficial for her.

Or when a husband puts up with a dominant and too controlling wife for many years who never fails to insult him in front of other people. Soul ties are the cause of this too.

If, for example, you had a sexual relationship with one person and you left him for another one, this now ex of yours can, through his hateful thoughts, make you feel uneasy or confused. Or, if you left your ex and he was very hurt by this fact, this may even prevent you from being open to better relationships, or to any relationships at all. This would happen because the bridge between you and your ex is not yet broken.

More wicked people can even send evil suggestions and enslave people in other ways once they have made soul-ties with them. So you should always be careful whom you allow close to you, especially when it comes to sexual relationships. This seemingly innocent “you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince” saying is complete nonsense, and what’s more, it’s a very dangerous suggestion followed by so many. Don’t just “try” other people for the sake of it because this is the game which may end up depleting your soul.

Recently my mother told how a few months ago she happened to be acquainted with one lady. As soon as their friendship started, a series of negative events followed. Her friend was jealous and possessive and my mother decided to end their friendship because this relationship was starting to tire her. As soon as she consciously ended the relationship, no more negative events followed. This is a classic example of a broken soul tie.

Some people tend to cling to you as soon as you make friends with them. These are the most dangerous people to befriend, because they very soon burden you with their insecurities and jealousies. They create very strong bonds with you because they come into such friendship with expectations and they form this crazy idea in their heads that they somehow own you. And it can be very hard to sever ties with such people because they may disagree to end the friendship and thus still keep the bridge between the souls active.

When you have a big fight with your friend or partner and although both of you decide to end the friendship or relationship, you still feel a heavy bonding feeling in your heart which indicates to you it’s not over. And how in other instances you can end the relationship really peacefully and feel strangely light and free, and then you know it’s all over.

It’s very important for both people, therefore, to finish the relationship without any grudges, because only this way the soul tie can be completely broken. And then you are free to move on, and then you become fully open to meet someone who is perfect for you.

If you feel that you don’t understand yourself, that you don’t have full control over your thoughts, actions or life in general, you should try to identify all the soul ties in your life and break them.

The easiest way to break a soul tie is to approach the person you have the soul tie with and ask for their forgiveness and end the relationship in peace. If they agree to let you go, if they stop clinging to you mentally (by thinking negative thoughts about you), consider the soul tie to be broken and thank them in your mind.

You will know that they no longer cling to you when you feel a new sense of freedom and lightness, and the lack of clarity and uneasiness you felt before vanishes from your mind.

You may have experienced such incident yourself. When in a relationship with a certain person you may have felt so unsure of yourself and so fearful, but as soon as the relationship ended you felt full of hope and you clearly saw what steps you should take towards your fulfillment. This means that through the soul bridge, that person was unwilling to let you live your own life and wanted to control you, thus obscuring your soul’s pulling towards the fulfillment.

And, of course, don’t forget to forgive the people you have soul ties with yourself, as this is as important as their forgiveness.

If the person you have a soul tie with is dead or is unwilling to release you, you should pray to God for it to release you from such bondage and to give understanding and a peace of mind to the person who holds your soul in bondage.

Meditation is another way to break the soul ties, because meditation naturally and slowly starts smoothing out your aura, thus gradually destroying the extensions coming from it. Long and regular meditation finally leads to total non attachment, because all the extensions (bridges) radiating from your soul eventually disappear.

If you are not sure which persons you have soul ties with, ask through a prayer for God to show them to you. And if, later on, you start out of nowhere thinking about a particular person or people, know that these are the ones your soul is tied to.

To help yourself even more, you should throw away all the gifts that you received from a person you want to break a soul-tie with. Also don’t keep her pictures or the pictures of the two of you. Some people do this instinctively, when someone close to them dies or a long relationship ends and they want to move on.

And because now you probably are fully aware about the importance of soul ties, just think about what happens if you form a soul tie with God instead of people. If other people can make you feel depressed or confused just through a soul bridge (by thinking negative thoughts about you), when you consciously form a strong bridge to God, all the blessings you could even think of start coming your way.

If you really have no other attachment but the attachment to God, you become a tool of God, the manifestation of it on earth. This stage, of course, would be very hard for most to even attempt to reach, but there’s no harm in trying.

To conclude, when all your soul ties on earth are broken, you are free to find your life’s purpose, attain enlightenment or find someone truly special in your life. The less soul ties you have, the freer and happier you feel, so make sure that if you ever do have them, they are made with the people who are truly special.

By: Simona Rich – Personal Development Coach.

Categories: Spiritualism

Live Today As if It’s Your Last

October 30, 2011 4 comments

Don’t we tend to assume that our life span is unlimited? That we will have all the time to do what we want? That we will always be given another chance?

Well, I, and I’m sure you have realized that this is certainly not the case. Just take a look around. People are dying, the young and the old, the sick and the healthy, the poor and the rich. Death has no bias and sometimes no logical explanation. But one thing is for sure, it will happen to every one of us. And none of us is sure, when that day will arrive when we have to exit the earth, leaving behind our loved ones, our unfulfilled dreams, our incomplete responsibilities. But to arrive it will.

Intimidating, is it not? So, what can we do about it? Can we conquer death? What do you say? No? Well, I think we can! How? Simple. Live each day and every day to the fullest as if it’s the last one we have. Live so that when we die, our soul’s feels fulfilled and there is no remorse whatsoever.

Although I have been aware of this philosophy since childhood, I used to take life for granted, thinking that I had all the time that I will ever need and want. I lived regretting yesterday and worrying about tomorrow, never enjoying “today”. I was busy planning for the morrow, always striving for more and stressing myself out in the process.

However, over time I observed the “passing” of so many young healthy persons who had such promising futures and I was “awakened” to what is. I even lost my mother suddenly; at one moment she was alive and jolly, within the next, she died, with no warning signals at all. I was jolted emotionally, spiritually and physically. I realized ‘forcefully” that I was not truly living in the moment. I thought I had infinite time but this profound experience taught me that I did not and that I had to pay more reverence to “today”.

Friends, we can never be sure of tomorrow, not even the next second. And this is why we must mentally detach from the physical world and stop taking the gift of life for granted. I agree that we must have high standards and “stretching” goals, but we should never sacrifice living in the present moment. The present is all that we will ever have. Make the time to relax and do the things that fill your heart with joy.

Let us live today as if it’s our last day on earth. Thank God if we live to see tomorrow. But in case we don’t, let us at least have no regrets. Life can be so blissful, but we have to savoir every moment.

It’s getting late for all of us. Each day lived is a day closer to death. So let’s wait no more my friends. Laugh, love, serve, stretch your mind, smell the roses, hug your loved ones, listen to great music and inspirational messages, see the beauty in your surroundings and have a ton of fun (you deserve it). Today could be your last day. Make it count!

By: Sylvia Brathwaite

Categories: Spiritualism

The True Meaning of Spirituality

October 29, 2011 5 comments

What really is spiritually? Is it preaching the word of God, yet practicing something totally different? Is it going to church and temple every day, yet having an “impure” mind / heart? Is it quoting from religious text, yet having the gall to pass judgment on others? Is it about proclaiming that one’s religion is superior to another?
Well, if we agreed with any of the above, we indeed do not know the true meaning of spiritually.

Spirituality is a way of life. It is more about “being” rather than “doing”. It is being loving and caring; going the extra mile to assist someone. It is giving hope to others in times of distress. It is about putting others before you (yet not neglecting the self). It is helping to build others’ faith and positive outlook. It is about self -realization and living from your inner core; your divinity. It is serving, respecting and loving God’s creations. It is living a life of gratitude and faith.

It is disappointing that so many of us today claim to be pious, yet fail to demonstrate any of the above traits or behaviors. We preach from the holy text, and consider ourselves God’s personal messengers. We believe ourselves to be mighty enough to condemn and cast judgement on others. God does not judge. Why then, should humans?

I do not believe that hell is some place you go after you die, based on your “karma”; your wrongdoings. As my mother always said, “heaven and hell are right here on earth.” And the truly spiritual person strives to make earth a heaven for the self and others by living a life that God will praise!

God is a loving God. He forgives, He builds, He inspires. Yes, He tests us at times but these trials never go in vain. He wants us to be the best we can and has bestowed upon us the power of choice.
We have the choice to live spiritually. But friends. it does not start from visiting temples and churches. These are good practices, but being spiritual starts from the heart. Can you declare that you have a clean and pure heart? I am in the process of cleaning mines!

Focus on what you are here to give, not receive. Be humble, forgiving, grateful, trustworthy, and make the world a better place. Give freely; live lovingly, joyfully and peacefully. Think positively, see the good in everyone, live life to the max, remember God, practice the philosophy of the holy scriptures and only then can you profess spirituality! Friends, I would like to suggest that we focus more on being spiritual than on following man-made religion. You decide what works for you and what will lead you to self-realization. I’m on your side!

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience…We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

By: Sylvia Brathwaite

Categories: Spiritualism
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