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Friday, April 28, 2017

Suffering

“Disciple: What is Enlightenment?
Buddha: The end of suffering.”

Pain and pleasure are the way our higher self, experiences the material world.
They are both entangled, connected like the two sides of a coin.
One defines the other and could not exist without.
They are both equally vital and necessary to our lives.
Pleasure lets us know that everything is fine, that we are doing the right things in life.
Pain lets us know that something is wrong, that we are not doing the things we should do, to better and benefit our life.

Suffering is the way our Ego experiences the material world.
The opposite of suffering is enlightenment.
Suffering and enlightenment are not given to us; they are a choice we make.

Knowing and understanding this is the first step to enlightenment.

We cannot avoid the pain in our life. We get hurt physically and emotionally.
We may harm our body, accidentally or willingly in so many ways. We burn, bruise and broke.
We abuse drugs and food. We punish and desecrate our body in any imaginable way.
And even if we don’t do it, somebody else will do it to us. We are used and abused by the people and the society we live in both physically and mentally all the time.
 All this pain is real but the way we react to it is a choice.

SUFFERING IS A CHOICE

How do you react to pain? Do you reach out for the easy way out, for the “pain killers” so ready available, or do you look for a solution to your problem? How do you react to the people and the negative situations they create in your life? Do you react with anger or compassion?

I grew up in a society riddled with the scourge of alcoholism. My father died of alcoholism when I was just 17. Looking at his dead body, for some miraculous reason I decided at that moment that I will never give in to that disease and I never did. I looked at my friends and my peers following the path of self-destruction and I always heard the same excuse “My father was an alcoholic therefore I am one too”
That’s nothing but an excuse. It is a choice not a law. But something else happened that day. I felt like my father betrayed me, I felt abandoned and short changed. I wasn’t sad, I did not cry. I was just mad.
That resentment followed me all my life and had a lot of negative influence on my life decisions, on my relationships with others. It was only after years of suffering that I learn compassion. Only when I was able to look at my father and see just another tortured, imperfect soul, that I was able to let go of my anger and resentment. I could have choose that when I was 17 and save me years of grief but I did not know any better. I made the wrong choice.

So look at your past and present negative experiences in your life. How did you choose to react?

Did you choose suffering or did you choose the enlightened path?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Flow

Life is the Flow.
Sickness is obstruction or stagnation of the Flow.
Everything that happens is Life. Everything that happens is Flow.
When the Flow is natural and effortless Life prospers and evolves.
When the Flow is obstructed Life withers and devolves.
We are mistaken assuming that we know the purpose of Life.
Life must flow naturally and effortlessly, like water.
The water doesn’t have a purpose. The purpose of water is to flow.
In flowing water finds is course and destination.
Life doesn’t have a purpose. The purpose of Life is to Flow.
In flowing Life finds its path and destination.
Purpose is created by Life not dictated by it.
Don’t force your Flow.
Water doesn’t “fight” its way. Its flow is effortless but never the less it will cut through the hardest rock.
Don’t force your life. Just like water seek opportunity. Look all over. Look to all places and all people. Eventually, you will find the effortless path and your Life will Flow like water.
All water flows to the Ocean.
All Life flows to the “Oneness” to the ocean of consciousness from which it was born.
The return to your “original self” enriched and enlightened by your travel, your Flow.
Do not stay idle. Do not stop. Do not force.
Like a child, let wonder be your guide. Be restless, be curious, be brave.
Find your flow and stay in your flow.
You’ll know it by the joy that Life journey should be.
You’ll know it by the light glowing more intense in your soul.
You’ll know it by the power of your actions and the change you will bring to the world

Namaste!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The silence between thoughts Or The 3 second Enlightenment

Enlightenment is a state of mind, just like being in love or being asleep.
It doesn't require any special skill, knowledge or training.
It occurs naturally every single day of our life, but unfortunately, we were never taught how to recognize it, how to master it and how to take advantage of its enormous powers.
Have you ever watched a sunset so magnificent in its beauty that for a moment your mind went overwhelmed with awe?
That for a moment you felt one with the universe, infinite in time and space, infinite in knowledge and power?
That moment is enlightenment, or to be more specific "spontaneous enlightenment"
Of course, if you have experienced such moment of spontaneous enlightenment you know that the split second after it, your "Ego" will try to "capture" it, analyze it, understand it, and control it.
And the moment the "Ego" steps in, the magic is gone. The enlightenment disappears and we revert to our every day "Ego" state of ignorance.
Here is another "spontaneous enlightenment" moment that occurs in our life, not as spectacular but quite common; the "silence between thoughts" moment of enlightenment, aka “The 3 second Enlightenment”
We falsely believe that our brain never stops its rumination. That our thoughts keep going on and on, without any pause.  But the fact is that between every train of thought we have, there is a brief moment when the “Ego” lets go of its control and our “Enlightened mind” takes center stage. Of course, that doesn’t last for more than 3 seconds before our “Ego” finds another useless mental entertainment or just starts repeating the previous useless bit of mental rumination, and thus another day goes by…
If you are not yet sure what we are talking about here is a sure moment of spontaneous enlightenment: the first seconds of the morning when you wake up.
When we wake up, we always wake up in our enlightenment state. That means we are one with the universe, infinite in time and space, infinite in knowledge and power – for about 3 seconds…
For about 3 seconds we have the power to make the most absolute, outstanding, relevant decision in our life, which usually never happens because instead of doing that “first thought” in our mind, we let our Ego take control and in 99.9999999 % of the time the Ego will convince us to get into the pleasurable “mental masturbation” of our daily life. Of course, the Ego has to keep us trapped in the “prison of reason”, doing pleasurable but futile things, instead of doing the hard, life changing things we ought to do. Of course, the Ego sooner or later will go silent, for about 3 seconds, and in that space once again our enlightened mind will manifest.  But in 99.9999999 % of the time the Ego, again will convince us to get into the pleasurable “mental masturbation” of our daily life. And thus another day goes by…
So the moral of this story is: Catch the moment of enlightenment in the silence between your thoughts.
LISTEN TO THAT INNER VOICE AND DO EXACTLY AS IT ASKS! Before the Ego steps in and you revert to your every day "Ego" state of ignorance.

Do that and your life will change. 
Do that and you will become the master of your destiny!

Friday, March 7, 2014

THE LIBERTY OF FREEDOM











What is freedom?
Is it a state  or just a state of mind?
The state and the state of mind define each other.
For to be free or enslaved you have to  know it first.
And to know it, first you have to be in one state or the other.

Are you free?
We all think we are free.
To think otherwise would be insanity.
Nobody accepts willingly to live a life of enslavement.
Therefore, we lie to ourselves and think of us as free.

You are as free as your means to overcome your limitations allow you to be.
May those limitations be physical or mental.
It is easy to see how that applies to the physical world.
Your freedom of movement, of having and doing things, is determined by your means.
What about your mental freedom? Your freedom of thinking?

You think your thoughts are free. Right?
Please stop reading this and pick up a piece of paper.
Write on it how cold fusion can be achieved or how cancer can be cured.
How about this: Can you write a novel or compose a symphony at will?
Nope. I didn’t think so. Neither can I.

Our minds are locked in the prison of reason.
Limited to a continuous internal mumbling and rambling.
Locked into a never ending loop of repetitions.
Fragments of songs, incoherent bits of thought and ideas.
We only rarely break out of that prison.

You might think your mind and thoughts are free but you are wrong.
Freedom is just an illusion created by the “what” and the “who” that are enslaving you.
You will not know your prison until you push for the boundaries of your freedom.
You will not know your freedom until you break those walls.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

THE TAO OF HOLLYWOOD III

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And here are some pearls of wisdom from “THE TRUMAN SHOW”
 
“Christof: Truman! You can speak. I can hear you.
Truman: Who are you?
Christof: I’m the creator.
Truman: The creator of what?
Christof: A show - that gives hope and joy and inspiration to millions.
Truman: A show.  Then who am I?
Christof: You're the star.
Truman: Nothing was real.
Christof: You were real.  That's what made you so good to watch.”
 
“Christof: We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”
 
“Young Truman: I want to be an explorer, like the Great Magellan.
Teacher: [indicating a map of the world] Oh, you're too late! There's nothing left to explore! "
 
"Christof: If his was more than just a vague ambition, if he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there's no way we could prevent him.”
 
“Sylvia: Look at what you've done to him!
Christof: I have given Truman the chance to lead a normal life. The world, the place you live in, is the sick place. “
 
“Christof: Truman, there's no more truth out there than in the world I created for you - the same lies and deceit.  But in my world you have nothing to fear. (suddenly angry) Say something, damn it!  You're still on camera, live to the world...!
Truman: In case I don't see you--good afternoon, good evening and good night.”
 
 
There are so many themes so many questions you can draw from this movie but I would like to pick just one question for today:
What is freedom?
 
Is Truman a free man or not?
Are you, WE, free or not, and if yes, then why?
Obviously first response would be “Truman is not a free man because he lives in a cage.”
But is that really true? Is it the cage that defines our freedom or something else?
 
A couple of years back I took my kids to Yellowstone Park.
One day we meet a very nice family from Luxemburg
We struck out a conversation and among other things they confess they were completely overwhelmed by Yellowstone in particular and United States in general.
It was easy to understand their astonishment considering that the Yellowstone Park was larger than their country.
(For the American readers Luxemburg is a small European country, it has a population of 524,853 (as of October 2012) and an area of 2,586 square kilometers (998 sq mi), making it one of the smallest sovereign nations in Europe)
Imagine how would a citizen of Vatican feel J
 
We all live in a cage, we just don’t see it that way, because we never test the limits of our cages.
But try to push the limits and sooner or later you’ll find out that you are trapped.
In truth we all are bound to this rock floating in space that we call Earth.
Is a prison inmate less free than a person outside of the prison?
Is a citizen of Luxemburg less free than a US citizen?
How big, or small the cage have to be to determine if we are free or not?
 
Obviously the size of the physical space we live in is not a measure of our freedom.
The Luxembourg family visiting Yellowstone were enjoying the same freedom as my family.
They were not limited to the physical space of their country.
So Truman was in fact a free man – He got out afterwards – He was not limited to the confines of his space.
 
I would like to go to Luxemburg.  The question is; am I free to go to Luxemburg?
Obviously you would say "yes", but I would say "no".
I do not have the money to buy plane tickets or to pay for a hotel room and the other trip expenses.
And even if I had the money I wouldn’t have the time. I’ll still have to go to work to pay the bills. – I guess more money would solve that too.
 
So it looks like freedom is actually determined by the psychological and physical means one has to overcome his limitations.
Even people in prison at the present time, If they are connected to high enough people in power can be pardoned and set scot free.
It happens all the time when State Governors and even the US Presidents pardon hard core criminals and crooks, although we don’t hear much about it in the press.
 
That means that actually some people in prison at the present time are more free than you and I, since they have more means to overcome their limitations than you and I.
And I know that, that, might hurt your ego and your sense of self worth and I should keep quiet about it and not rock the boat, but like Truman would say:
 
“Somebody help me, I'm being spontaneous!”