Redescovering Your Spirit

He who looks will not see it;
He who listens will not hear it;
He who gropes will not grasp it.
The formless nonentity, the motionless source of motion.
The infinite essence of the spirit is the source of
life.
Spirit is self.

Walls form and support a room,
yet the space between them is most important.
A pot is formed of clay,
yet the space formed therein is most useful.
Action is caused by the force of nothing on something,
just as the nothing of spirit is the source of all form.

One suffers great afflictions because one has a body.
Without a body what afflictions could one suffer?
When one cares more for the body than for his own
spirit, One becomes the body and looses the way of the spirit.
The self, the spirit, creates illusion.
The delusion of Man is that reality is not an illusion.
One who creates illusions and makes them more real than
reality, follows the path of the spirit and finds the
way of heaven.

-Laozi

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God Fearing? What’s That All About?

I often hear or even read about people mentioning they are God fearing. I always cringe when I hear that term because it just doe not make any sense.

What’s funny is that those same people who say they’re God fearing, also love God. The part that does not make sense is how can you love and be in fear at the same time. Do you see where I’m going with this? Love and fear cannot be used in the same sentence.

An analogy I can use to illustrate my point is saying that you love your little puppy, but are also afraid of it. You either love your puppy or you fear it.
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Heaven And Hell

I know everyone has their beliefs about heaven and hell. However, some religious figures use religion to really preach fear, and to be honest, they try to scare people into conforming. Catholics, for example, really teach pergatory; and the list goes on.

The interesting thing about these religious figures is that they teach from a book that they have no actual experience of. Most religious school of thought guide us to go and search outside of ourselves. Millions of people believe they have to die to experience either heaven or hell. Millions more are waiting for death in order to enjoy “heaven.” Those religious figures, have they transitioned or experienced this magical place they’re teaching/preaching their followers on?

If you really think about it, millions are teaching what they learned without really experiencing them. So, this has been going on for ages and people take this teaching as gospel; pun intended.

Heaven and hell are not physical. Searching for them anywhere other than within, is a losing proposition because you will not find them. We’re really taught in western religions to go outside ourselves when in reality, heaven and hell is a mind thing. We have the capicity to experience either and we certainly do not have to wait until we die to do so.
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There Is Only Godliness!

In a previous post I talked about when I was a child, I would ask questions of who created us, and who created the one that created us. The questions became unending as they started to unravel unto themselves. With every question, others came that would question those questions.

Until recently, the questions were constantly there and no amount of possible answers to the questions were satisfactory. In consulting my guru and meditating on those questions, I realize that the mind is very cunning in coming up with futile questions to keep itself occupied. At the end of the day, getting answers to those questions do nothing for us except keep our minds focused on something else other than living in the now.

Most of us have been taught that it’s all in the hands of the man upstairs. We project what we think God is or should be in order to be comforted in our seeming state of despair when we can’t explain things or need a way to make sense of certain situations. When I say we project, I mean that we give God personality – perfect, absolute, compassion, omni this, omni that. These are things that is used by every religion.
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Don’t Go Against Your Nature!

I’ve been scantly paying attention to the recent suspension of a priest in Germany because of sexual abuses of children. The pope, then a cardinal, approved the transfer of that priest to another location. Now, hundreds of people are coming forward alleging sexual abuse and physical violence.

I am often reminded of the teachings of my teacher, Osho, when it comes to our nature and our existence. Whatever is suppressed eventually surfaces one way or another.

I remember when I was young child, I attended church every Sunday because it was what a catholic did without question…specially as a child. I think when I was 8 or so, I thought I about becoming a priest. That was a brief notion, however.

Come to think of it, I did not know what becoming a priest involved at that age. As I matured, I came to learn that priests can’t get married and must be celibate. Who the heck ever came up with that idea, I thought to myself. Why would I want to go against nature and be miserable because you can’t indulge in your existence?


Being celibate goes against nature. When one goes against nature, he becomes a schizophrenic. Our hole being is in nature, how can you go against it and believe that you must do so in order to be part of “the club?” As Osho states, “So you may take a vow of celibacy, but that does not change your biology; it does not change your physiology. It is just a mind concept, just words. Your blood will go on creating sexual energy, you body will go on creating sexual hormones.”

This creates anguish, misery, and guilt. You cannot just suppress with words, because your nature is part of existence. You can’t suppress existence.

And this concept does not only relate to celibacy and what’s currently going on and have been going on with priests in the church. This can be applied to anything where your body, because of the chemicals it produces, naturally follows a natural order. But now, here you come with your mind and outsiders convincing you to conform to things that go against your nature. It is all part of existence.

Take dancing as another example. Some people will hear music and have an urge to tap their feet or get up and dance. Still others will sit stoic like and unable to enjoy the music, which is part of existence, because their religion, parents, or whomever don’t allow it. That’s just words to me. It creates a duality in you that does not need to be present, if only you just followed your nature.

Don’t cause yourself misery, anguish, and duality in yourself. You are existence, so exist!

Namaste!

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Stop The What If’s And Focus On The Now!

I sat with a new friend today, who told me how she loved by blog by the way, and blurted out that I did not know what the next topic was going to be.

She was telling me about a her friend who always have what if moments. The topic of this post came to me as soon I as I said, “She should focus on the now and forget the what if’s.”

I tell you the background of how this post came to be, to tell you this…all we have is now, the present moment. Nothing else exists outside of that. All there is is the present.

Try this with me…you’re wanting to think about the future, whether it be what you’re going to cook for breakfast or whatever. You see, you’re thinking about it, and that’s great. But, cooking and having breakfast happen only at the moment you’re doing it.

I can say that I had a few what if moments, thinking about a contingency plan, or having plans A, B, C for an important decision. However, none of those things get executed until the moment when you are knee deep in it.

The past and the present both live in thought and consciousness. You can’t go back or forward to either one of them in the present state. But the present, that’s where the magic happens. And you can make different decisions in the present based on what is going on, in the present moment. Do you see a pattern here? Of course you do.

So, the lesson here is, don’t dwell too much in the what if moments and let them stop from living your life. I know it’s harder to do than said. However, you’re the only one who has the capability to change you. Experiencing life is the best teacher of all. Dreaming about it or thinking about it is just that, dreams and thoughts.

Dream and plan for a little bit, but then go out and live, in the present.

Namaste!

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Calming A Restless Mind

It has been a few weeks since I’ve not been sleeping well. I’m not sure if it started before the quake in Haiti, but it sure got worse since.

My mind has not been racing or pondering about anything in particular when I go to sleep, but it takes me a long time to fall asleep. It had started to bother me, until I realized one thing that I was not doing consistently…at least as consistently as I used to be. I’ll get back to what that is in a minute.

The mind if a funny thing. Consciously, everything could be fine. But, the subconscious could have all sorts of things that it’s dealing with that you’re not aware of…and most of the time, that’s a good thing. Take, for example, the beating of your heart. It is the subconscious that drives that function and all bodily functions that you’re not consciously in control of.

Imagine if you have to consciously regulate all the bodily functions and let alone add day-to-day tasks in order to live? I’m not sure any of us could handle such a responsibility. I’m very happy that I do not have to worry about that. There are enough things to deal with living as it is.
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Disasters And Understanding Death

I recently lost my cousin to the earthquake in Haiti. My family is coming to grips with the loss because we four months ago, my grandmother transitioned. This is hard to take in a four month period.

I started to think about how life and death are different sides of the same coin. Death is always near. I don’t like to say death because the real essence of who we are lives on. Our bodies may no longer be functional, be we transition, we shed our bodies in order to be free of the confines of our current existence. I know we gone living because our true essence is spiritual. We come in this existence to learn the life lessons that we’ve chosen to learn.
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Haiti – A Country Of People Like Me And You!

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the news about the devastation that occurred in Haiti over the past 24 hrs. It has been incredible to see the disaster and the suffering that has been coming through the news and internet. Particularly, it has been hard for people who are from Haiti, have family there, or have friends who are there currently. More importantly, I think it’s been a situation where you can empathize and sympathize with people there.

I don’t want to get into a history lesson about Haiti. There are plenty sites that can provide that information if you want to know more about the history. What I want to cover is what I’ve seen from folks on the internet about the plight that the Haitian people are going through. I am Haitian, however I put myself in every other person’s shoes because I am every person I see. How many of us do really do that these days?

So, back to the different things I’ve seen on the net and how that type of thinking does not serve anyone, except for the people making the statements.

There is a commentator and religious person that have used this disaster as a means to polarize people and make news for themselves because of they have hate and politicized the event. I’m not going to mention the names as I’m sure you can find those individuals relatively easy online.
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Are You A God Fearing Person? Why?

I could never understand the statement that some people make that they’re a God fearing person. I’ve tried to understand what they say, and even the explanation that have been provided to help my understanding. I must say, however, that it has not worked. I’m still stumped and baffled by the statement.

I’m not sure if it’s something that was developed through their upbringing in the church or if their priest or pastor drilled it in their heads that God is something to be feared. I remember when I was younger and going to church, and passages from the old testament were read, how negative and fearful those words were. I could not understand it, and I still don’t.

It was not until I embarked on my own journey did I come to understand of the different levels in which the bible and other religious texts were written. The majority of people just take the stories literally and do not go deeper for the real meanings.

If you’re one of those people who is a God fearing person, I ask you to think of this…there is an absolute Intelligence that created this universe, the sun, me, you, so forth and so on. I would say that creation exists out of love and only through love could something so awesome ever be created. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this, but if you don’t, just follow me a bit more.
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