Avatar – A Lesson In Connectedness

I’m not sure if you have seen the movie Avatar. If you have not, I truly recommend it. The computer graphics if out of this world, specially when you see it in 3D. The story is pretty good as well, if you can see beyond the visual effects and really get into it.

Some people, I’m sure, will be captivated by the graphics and the, “wow! that’s so cool” effects of the movie and miss the lessons. I’m not going to give the plot of the movie away if you’ve not seen it, but will relate what I saw to what I know.

Do you ever wonder why the Native Americans and the eastern cultures always talk about our connection to each other? Do you think they know something that the rest of us don’t know or refuse to see and understand? I’m going to answer that and say that it’s both.

Most people, upon hearing that we’re all connected, will dismiss it as something hokie. That initial dismissal brings about the refusal to see and understand what is said. Why is that? Is it because we’re more logic and science minded in the “West” that we don’t believe in the unseen?
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Being At Peace In Your Aloneness

Have you ever tried not saying anything at all for a few hours? If you have, what has your experience been like?

The reason I ask is because I’m looking to see if people may be experiencing the same thing that I have. I spend a lot of time in the bookstore reading or doing some internet marketing training, all in silence, not saying much to anyone else there. I have found solace in my aloneness even though I have people around me who are in conversation.

In those moments, I’m not thinking of anything, so mind my is just synthesizing what I’m seeing. At that moment, there is no ego, no personality, except peace. That peace is love. I find comfort in that space where I just am.

I believe that to be our true nature. But we’re so afraid of it because we’ve always been around people starting from birth. We’ve not been able to stand alone or have not made it a bother to stand alone. Most are unable to be alone and mistake being alone as loneliness. Why are most afraid to be by themselves? There is a big difference between being lonely and being alone. Unless you have spent time with yourself and gotten to know yourself, you’ll think they are one and the same. They are not!

I have learned so much in my aloneness. The peace I feel is total and the knowing that I talked about in my previous post is absolute. One can most feel what I’m talking about by experiencing it through meditation. By just sitting and doing nothing, zazen, you can experience the peacefulness, this aloneness, that is the real you.

Namaste!

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Developing Intuition

In thinking on what to write the other day, intuition immediately jumped out at me. This is the process I go by when I do the post, by the way. I ask myself what to write next and whatever jumps out, wins.

Anyway, back to developing intuition. I want to first differentiate between knowing and knowledge. Let’s start with knowledge first.

Knowledge to me is very burdensome. I don’t know about you, but I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff in my head that really don’t do much for me in the day to day. Everything is more compartmentalized when you have knowledge of something. That thing is now put in a category. That’s how we build our reality, isn’t it? Our reality, our idea of truth, is filled with nothing but things that are separate. With knowledge, we have the object and the subject. We have a divide between the knower and the known and there’s really no way to create that bridge between the two.

I never really understood this, but what’s written in the bible is absolutely true that man has fallen through knowledge by eating from the tree of knowledge. One would say that knowledge is good but I believe that knowledge has created an unbridged distance. How can that be good? They mystery and wonder are lost when you think you know.
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Create Your Own Path and Be Free

I remember when I was in high school in Brooklyn, NY, and my classmates were taking the SAT and applying to college. I was going through the motions preparing for the next phase of my life. I remembered wanting to study computer science cause I thought it was sexy and a good path to take once I finished college to get a job…you know the typical stuff of worrying and preparing for the future.

There was one thing that bothered me about the whole thing though. I could not put my finger on it, but deep within I knew there was something else I had to do. So, what did I do, or in this case, didn’t do? I never applied to any colleges. Instead, I visited the Marine recruiting office and talked to a recruiter about opportunities available in the Marines.

I felt that I had to follow my own path even though my parents had ideas about they thought would be best for me. I had different ideas of what I wanted to do, which was to take charge of my life. I know, I know, joining the military is not the best way to really take charge of one’s life because you give up so much to be part of the collective. However, joining the service was a path that I decided to take and it was my intention to make it work for me.
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Are You Providing Value To Others?

I’ve been involved in internet marketing for little while now, and have seen all sorts of products and courses, that try to help people move from pain to pleasure. People have things that they’d like to take care of, and that’s the reason why courses and products are developed – to help them fix a problem.

The “gurus” out there have always talked about providing value to people. They always say to give your stuff for free and people will more apt to follow you, ask for your advice, and really want to your product then.

Providing the value was not something that was lost to me, but my issue was, what can I offer of value to people being in the internet marketing community. I was not one of those gurus and I was learning, am still learning, about that industry. However, that lesson, of providing value, is tried and true in many areas of life.
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My Passion! – Your Passion!

I remember when I was about six or seven years old, going to church with my grandmother. I used to have conversations in my head and asking, ‘if God created us, who created Her?’ This was not a question I could readily ask her or anyone else and get a good enough answer. Maybe, if I did ask the question it would not have taken me so long to get a better understanding.

Then again, maybe it was meant to be this way so I could learn and grow to really understand. Looking back on it now, I don’t think I would’ve understood what I understand now. Things do really happen on Divine Time, in Divine Order.

So, what does all this have to do with my passion?

For the longest time, I struggled to figure out what do to with my life after I left the Marine Corps. There, everything was structured. There was a plan, and you were performing as expected. It was the easiest job you could have. When I got out, everything changed. It felt as if I was freed, but with no sense of direction. The different things I got into were mostly about making money. I got interested in real estate because of the $ signs I saw during seminars from people who were making things happen in the industry. Then I went to find a regular job in IT because I had the background.
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Meditation – What Is It? Simple Method!

I’ve had people, over time, tell they can’t seem to get meditation to work for them. Or, they’re not sure what they are supposed to do when they meditate.

I want to first define what meditation is and then provide one simple method to help you.

This is taken from one of my favorite teachers, Osho.

Meditation, in its essence, is the art of being aware, aware of what is going on inside you and around you.

I have been meditating, not religiously mind you, for about five years. I have been able to experience the most wonderful things. Some of these things some people would call weird, supernatural, or whatever. But they are experiences that make meditation a very important part of my life and as you take to incorporate it in your life, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Here’s another insight into meditation that will help clarify your thinking on the subject, as well as, provide a different perspective from what we’ve been taught.

Most of us have been taught that in order to be successful in life we need to struggle, to fight, to focus, to concentrate. The trouble with this approach is that the more we struggle, the more tense we become. And the more tense we are, the worse we perform. The meditative approach is to understand that in order to be at our best, in order to give each moment our best – and to receive the best from each moment – we need to be as aware as possible. And to be aware we need to be relaxed.

Usually we think that in order to relax, we have to go out. Meditation offers another possibility: to go in to relax.

Can you relate to the above quote? What do you do you relax, destress, or “calm the nerves”? How would you like to get on the path of a peaceful life?

There are many methods that can be used for meditation, only because each individual is different and may require a different method. But, to keep things simple, only one will be covered in this post.

I think this quote is very on point:

Meditation is based on simple understanding: Rather than fighting with darkness, which is impossible anyway, switch on the light. Rather than fighting with ourselves, trying to improve ourselves, trying to live up to others’ ideas of who or what we should be, we can start by simply accepting ourselves as we are now.

This is not to say that you should not work on yourself. But first, you must learn how to just be. Being is being aware, where your center is undisturbed.

So, the method is a simple one. You only have to focus on the breath – with eyes open or closed, it does not matter. Your goal, if you will, is to focus on the breath – the inhalation and exhalation. Once you start, you’ll experience your mind wandering to the different thoughts you have going on in your head. You are not to fight trying to keep thoughts out of your mind. You are to just bring your attention back to your breath.

Thoughts are like the clouds in the sky. The sky is the real you and the clouds are the thoughts. The real you is covered by the clouds. Eventually, however, the clouds do dissipate to reveal what’s behind. Starting out, you will have lots of clouds, but by and by, they will lessen.

I would not recommend doing this for more than 10 minutes the first time you do it. There are some who will get frustrated by the constant barrage of thoughts that come in to disturb their meditation. However, by and by, you will be able to meditate longer and with less thoughts intruding on your focus.

You should have no other goal in mind when you do it other than bringing your focus back to the breath when it wanders. You might want something to happen while doing this and it may be in the back of your mind while meditating. I would recommend against such goals when meditating and to just focus on the breath.

As you can see, this is a very simple method that anyone can do. I look forward to hearing of your experiences of being on the path to awareness.

Namaste!

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A New Year – A New Beginning!

As the New Year approaches, I believe it’s important to look back at the past year and release the negative, or the things we consider to be negative, from our lives in order to start new. The below is from a talk given my Dr. Leon Masters, with by spin on it.

As one door closes, a new one opens. It happens all the time. Although, during the transition we may feel that things are against us. The new gives us an opportunity to to be part of the energy and the flow. Carrying the old negative energy, which is side by side of the new, does not help us in the long run. There are many things that, over the past year, have “negative” connotations or sentiments attached to them. Why would you want to carry those things with you?

In reality, the way we look at things, or the story that we have about that certain thing, is the only reason it is deemed good or bad. It starts from our subconscious as to how we were feeling at that moment or how a particular event ended up over a period of time. The psychic energy associated with that “thing” is a burden that needs to be released. We will talk about how to release in a bit.

We all have things that we were not, or are not, happy with – whether it is relationships, our financial situation, our educational, job situation, or whatever it may be. However, the way we begin the year sets the tone for how it will end. What you do the first day, week, or month will set the tone for the following days, weeks, and months.
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Stop Finger Pointing And Take Responsibility!

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of all the finger pointing that goes on in our society today. Sure, there is plenty of blame that can go around, but when will somebody take responsibility?

This is out topic of discussion of for today: Stop finger pointing and take responsibility!

Do you know that when you “point” that index finger, you have three other fingers that point back at you? And I don’t mean that just in the literal sense. Since I see you scratching your head, I’ll let you in on the figurative meaning of that statement and it deals with the law of attraction.

Where does the law of attraction come into play?

We are all made of atoms that are constantly radiating energy. That energy imprints itself on the fabric of the Universe/Spirit and brings us the circumstance/event/thing that we have been focusing with feelings on the most. I’m sure you’ve heard that thoughts are things and that energy follow thought. So, the more you think about something with feeling, the more energy that follows that thought, and eventually events, people, circumstances occur to crystallize what you’ve been thinking into the physical.
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Patience – What Is It And How To Develop It

Patience is something that a lot of people find themselves unable to develop and cultivate.

Why is that?

Let’s first define the term, patience. Webster’s define patience as the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like; an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.

That definition works just fine, but I don’t quite agree with the second definition – ability or willingness to suppress. Suppressing anything eventually manifests in other ways that one does not want or intend. Suppression is a whole other post that I will probably cover in the future.

Now that we have defined patience is, let’s get back to how to develop it.

The first thing to remember is that everything happens in Divine Time and Divine Order. Just because you want something to happen “yesterday” does not mean that it will – not even if you hold your breath in order to make it so.
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