In my primary school life, I drew everyday and was the top student in arts every year that my first champion in open competition was gained when I was in Grade 5. Everybody in my family knew my talent in drawing at school, I could draw better than those who’re 2-6 years elder than me. (more…)
“Sometimes I stand still and wonder why the things in life change,” an awakening soul wondered.
“Because some part of you changes,” the inner voice answered.
“No no no… I am not talking about myself. I am talking about various unexpected situations in life when things change, when certain unpredicted turns happen, when suddenly you get hit hard with the bat straight to the centre of your head. This kind of change,” the awakening soul tried to explain its point of view. (more…)
Imagine that someone presents you with a to-do list and tells you that you better hurry and start crossing things off. Anxiously, you begin working your way through the list. One of the first to-do’s is sending your resume to be considered for a boring, desk job. You had hopes and dreams of being an innovator and maybe building your own business, but this person laughs at the mere thought because you could never do that.
Solitude is a topic I discuss a lot both in conversation and through blog posts, but I have yet to speak much about it’s anthiesis: Loneliness. First I’ll give you a quick summary of my definition of the two and why they’re different. Solitude is a state of being where one is comfortable with being alone. I feel it’s a requirement for everyone to immerse themselves in solitude from time to time, some more so than others. Whereas loneliness is where you long for company or companionship and are unable to attain it. The latter can be felt whether you are alone or even in a crowded room, it is a mentality that can take hold of and consume us, are we not careful. (more…)
Excerpt from “The Way of Zen” – Alan Watts
“Moksha (liberation) is also understood as liberation from maya – one of the most important words in Indian philosophy, both Hindu and Buddhist. For the manifold world of facts and events is said to be maya, ordinarily understood as an illusion which veils the one underlying reality of Brahman. This gives the impression that moksha is a state of consciousness in which the whole varied world of nature vanishes from sight, merged in a boundless ocean of vaguely luminous space. Such an impression should be dismissed at once, for it implies a duality, an incompatibility, between Brahman and maya which is against the whole principle of Upanishadic philosophy. For Brahman is not One as opposed to Many, not simple as opposed to complex. Brahman is without duality simple as opposed to complex. Brahman is without duality (advaita), which is to say without any opposite since Brahman is not in any class or, for that matter, outside any class.
Nisargadatta: Can you communicate to me what it is you have understood?
Visitor: It is all concepts, all illusion.
V: I don’t believe in processes that take a lot of time and discipline. I’ve done all that. I want it to end.
Nisargadatta: The basic fact, that you are not the body – must be clear to you by now.
You are working in the world and you think that you are doing that work, but what is happening is this:
The life force, when it comes out in thoughts and words, is the mind, so it is this prana mind, life force mind, which is the acting principle.
The beingness, the consciousness, is the God which witnesses the life force and mind working.
It does not interfere; it merely witnesses.
The reason for your unhappiness is that you think it is you who are working.
One of the largest businesses I ever worked for (other than the U.S. government and several major department stores) had its own in-house marketing team with an ample enough budget to significantly impact customers. The primary problem with promotions designed and implemented by this particular team was that they appealed to fewer customers than they alienated. The first-timers from among these alienated customers frequently never even made it past our front-line employees before vowing their first visit would be their last. (more…)
In the Hindu tradition it is said that Sat Chit Ananda is our true nature. These are three Sanskrit terms. The most usual translation of these terms is as follows: Sat = absolute beingness, Chit = absolute consciousness, Ananda = absolute bliss. However in the Hindu tradition such terms are seen as a kind of code that require contemplation and meditation in order to uncover the deeper significance that they hold for the individual. They are seen to be carriers of the primordial energy into which the ancient seers tapped in their deepest realization of the eternal truths of existence. The student of consciousness today will connect with this energy if one is able to open up beyond mere intellectual understanding to the deeper revelations inherent in these terms.
Who was Ignaz Semmelweis?
Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician. If one judges scientific discoveries by the maximum number of lives saved with minimal cost and effort, Semmelweis’s discovery was one of the greatest scientific discoveries ever. So why have I never heard of him before? Perhaps because nobody believed (or wanted to believe) his preposterous contention: the number of hospital deaths could be significantly reduced if only doctors and medical students would wash their hands between dissecting the dead and examining the living. (more…)
We all make mistakes during our lifetimes, some big, some small, some we regret, and some we learn from. All mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow. Getting an answer wrong on a test, gives us the chance to learn the right answer. Realizing that a wrong decision was made, provides the awareness to make the right choice next time. (more…)
Our beliefs can limit us: Do they stop you giving your child study skill support?
What we think influences what we feel and what we do. Our beliefs are what help us or stop us from achieving our wishes or goals. This is the first of two blogs on changing your beliefs so you can give your child the study skills support they need at home.
Here are 4 common beliefs I meet when coaching families:
This week I would like to talk about EFT, which stands for: Emotional Freedom Technique.
EFT is also known as Meridian Tapping or just Tapping, and is a wonderful tool for improving our well-being. EFT is a practice that combines eastern and western disciplines in order to balance the energy in our bodies, which in turn, will help us improve our physical and psychological state. For a more in-depth description, I will quote EFT expert Carol Look:
What actually takes place when the mind is really quiet? That is the real question, isn’t it – not what is transcendental or what lies beyond?
Questioner: What lies beyond is my question.
K: What lies beyond can be found only if the mind is still. There may be something or there may be nothing at all.
So the only thing that is important is for the mind to be still. Again, if you are concerned with what lies beyond, then you are not looking at what the state of actual stillness is. If stillness to you is only a door to that which lies beyond, then you are not concerned with that door, whereas what is important is the very door itself, the stillness itself.
We are frequency holders; we are centers of energy. Just take this view for the moment in order to see where it goes: my body forms a base around which energy structures itself. The initial structuring began as the sperm and the egg joined together in my mother’s womb. From the fertilized egg the small human body, the embryo, formed. This happens as cells continually layer themselves together in a certain structure. If I watch this whole gestation through an electron microscope I will see energy structuring itself according to a particular blueprint. (more…)
The ultimate goal of a yoga practice and the eighth limb of the eight limbs of yoga is Samadhi, often described as a complete meditative state of oneness. But what does this mean? It is often thought of as a state of a thought-free mind connected with the body, but this would make it a goal of the separate individual. On the contrary, the oneness of Samadhi is a oneness with All: (more…)
We live in a Holographic Universe.
The Holographic Universe our 4D Model of reality, looks and feels real. Our Mind can play Tricks on us. Keeping an open mind to this idea could change our image of human nature, our culture, our history, our beliefs, our understanding, even our reality. There is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it, from snowflakes, to pine trees, stars in the sky, to spinning electrons, even our DNA, are projections from a level of reality, beyond both space and time.
Springtime is the time of year when we come out of the darker days, hibernation, and colder weather of the winter season. We soak in the warmth of the sun, our energy levels begin to rise, and we become more active with the longer days. All of Nature, including us humans, begins to wake up, grow, and become more energetic. Along with this we often have an urge to do some spring cleaning – to clear away the old and stagnant and to create the space for rebirth and growth.