Saturday, 24 December 2011

The Winter Solstice, The New Year, 2012 and beyond

It is that time of year; the Winter Solstice, the coming of the New Year, a time that is often thought of as a period for re-evaluation and new beginnings.

Some people have their own rituals to make the best of the occasion. I know of some that burn the old dairy, or that write down those things that are just hindrances and need to be let go in order for the new to grow. Others make their New Years resolutions. In whatever way it is done, it doesn’t really matter, what is important is that we make the best of the opportunity to review what needs reviewing and that we move forward to a better self.
There is no point in going over and over the past and building up a sense of guilt, of despair, and of worthlessness. The past is what it has been. Often when we recall it we may not be very precise about it either, we may “see” it according to how we feel today. What can best be said of the past is that it has been. It had its time in our own personal history and it is gone. This is specially important if the past or past experiences and longings are just a hindrance to live the present and live it the best we can. No point in beating dead horses. Good if you know or have a simple ritual that allows purification and deliverance from the past and leads to a better present.

The present becomes richer when we think about the possibilities it has within it. The present has the tremendous power to become the future builder. It has the power to allow us to choose the way we think about ourselves, others, the world, or the Universe itself. We need a clear present to be able to live in it joyfully and to build the vision of what we want the future to be. In such work there is no room for a nagging, heavy and useless past. There is a need for clearance and openness. Our lives change every day and it is for us to enjoy the shifts, to find their meaning and to make the most of them.

Learning and purpose
To make the most of the learning, we need to find our purpose or purposes. The mind, the emotions, -what we call the personality- have their own learning: On a physical level the learning often is linked to being more willing to do things, to break with inertia. Emotionally lesson usually deal with overcoming selfishness. Mentally we grow as we gain awareness and understanding.
The soul is mostly engaged with meaning. But the lessons are not to be found or they are mostly useless unless there is purpose to guide them. If we grow emotionally, mentally and on the soul level, our purpose would be linked to love, to others, to service and to meaning.
Service not necessarily as doing something for others, that is a slim definition of service. Service as a soul disposition to share, to give and to receive love and wisdom. Service and love as an attitude of openness and inclusiveness. More than what we do is the disposition from which we do it. And, if the disposition is the right one, then we may never know really how deep our service may go. It may very well stretch and reach beyond our understanding.

We also must acknowledge that when we are learning or being of service we are not alone. We belong and live within nature and connected to all end everything. Nothing is really alien to us. There is an over abundance of good energies that we may use as surfers to reach the shore we are aiming for. Appreciate the fact that if we are open to these bigger energies new discoveries, resources and meanings will come to us. The shaping of the present and the building of the future will indeed be better. No one can do it on its own, but remember you are not alone, there is always help to be found, so make the most of it, even if it comes wrapped up in a strange or unfamiliar wrapper.

So after whatever ritual that helps you clear the past, become open to the present and begin to build the future, search for the best purpose you can come across within yourself. Seek for ways of expressing that found light and make it practical. Share and serve as a soul attitude, and think that you are not alone but in great company and with all the energy needed to accomplish the goals that lead to our purpose.
Set your view beyond yourself for soul purpose is always a collective purpose and the collective begins and is present in concrete real people around you and goes beyond to realities we don't even have the capacity to imagine or understand.

Welcome to the preliminaries of 2012, welcome to the beginning of the new spring of life after the Winter Solstice, welcome to a very interesting time full of opportunities. The joy of the world begins with you. Make it ripple, make it count. 

Blessings be 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Communicating with quality?

We are all familiar with machines that call us or that receive our call. They are there to perform a service and they do so up to a point.
Often you have to listen to the whole menu of options they have before making the choice of button to press. At times it is a guess for your query might not be exactly portrait within the menu. On other occasions you have finish your business but the machine keeps on going with options that you need to listen to in order to finish the call successfully.

When people have been asked, the vast majority (98%) said they rather talk to a person. Most of us prefer human contact and rightly believe that our query or business would be better taken care of if we talk to a fellow man/woman.
It has not only to do with the warmth of the connection and the flexibility of the human caller versus the machine's options. You also feel and rightly so, that there is a responsibility when a person is at the other end of the line, an experience that can not be provided by a machine.

If people prefer the human voice and touch to that of the machine, why are so many business and government dependencies changing to the machine operated system? If “the customer is always right” slogan is to be true, then they should be doing exactly the opposite and getting people to answer their phones? Well, simply because the machine system is cheaper to run and that has an impact in the accounts and profits. It is profits that make up for the decision and not service, or the customer's feelings, or any thing else.

Yes, a call centre, having people doing the job could be more complicated to manage and more expensive to run, but is is well worth it from the customer's point of view. Certainly governments need to make changes to foster employment and there is room for improvement in many areas, this could be one of them. Businesses and government dependencies could also invest more in human operated systems that lead to a better quality service, more jobs, and a better social environment. But the aim is different; save, cut, make profits.

It is interesting to take this example as to learn what are the real goals that we as individuals or as business, governments, or as a society pursue and value. It is often quantity that rules out quality. It is often short term visions that rules out a warmer and higher quality social environment. The personal good (individual, business or government dependency) is set above the common collective good.
As a simple exercise, try to communicate with people in a more personal, human way and try to see how many times we deal with fellow men/women as if we were machines just dealing with a chore and nothing more.
Is it individual goals or collective goals that guide our actions? Is there warmth and quality in our communication or are they just kept within a pre-established menu of options that we have design as to avoid contact and responsibility. At least lets become aware of the choices we make.

Right human relationships start with the individual, and we often only have control or can make a change in a personal level and trust that the ripple effect will make the rest. It is our choice if we live with a finer sensitivity or if we want to operate in a mechanical machine like way. The out comes will differ, but it is our choice to make.

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Sunday, 4 December 2011

On Family Karma

As individuals we all belong to a family. Each family is an entity of its own. It is enriched through the generations with people coming into them by marriage, partnerships, births, and they change by deaths, and members moving on. Families evolve thorough generation. From a personal point of view, so does or roll in them. Family evolution is witness to the passage of time and to the motion of life as it unfolds through them.

If we look at some prominent families (for whatever reason that makes them prominent), we see that often the law of karma is working upon them. Families that have some sort of “curse”, others appear as having a mission, such as royal families, aristocratic families, or families that excel in business, show-business, and so on. Some times there is a trend in them, a long tradition where some families produce a long strand of doctors, or explores, or members in the arm forces, lawyers, artists, joiners, farmers, etc. etc. A special gift that is carried on and developed by members throughout generations. It is a legacy that often claims sacrifice and a special kind of behaviour or outlook of life.

So, some kind of energy or force may very well propel a family and its members thorough generations. This could well be a karmic energy working through the family history and shaping its members accordingly.
Besides the personal, individual karma, we may also inherit (genetically, culturally, or some other way), the family karma. Dealing with that inherit karma is one of the many things we need to become aware of and then make the most of it as part of our life. That may mean that we follow that karma as a personal choice, as our path. Other times it is a call for deliverance and change that may affect the whole family or an individual. This could account to some breaking or distancing from one family member from the rest. The individual has found that the personal karma, his call, his path, takes him away from family tradition and/or family expectations. At the end, one has to follow its own path and go through life learning the personal lessons and the personal evolution or growth that is at the core of his personality and soul.
This option may be understood and even supported by the rest of the family or some of its members while at times it is seen as a treason, rebelion or simply as if the individual has “gone mad”. What we must realise is an obvious reality; people like families evolve and change due to many factors (even generational relay), and so the relationship between the entity call family and its members is ever changing and evolving. It has to be, (if the family is alive, for there are dead families...)

Many psychological schools have dealt with these issues. Bert Hellinger's Family Constellations is a very enlightening one and explains how unsolved business (conflicts or other situations) may very well be passed on from one family member to another until the unfinished business is dealt with. It is an inheritance on the personality level that needs soul light to be understood and dispelled.

Families are the stronghold of society, the building blocks of the community up to the state, country and culture. Yet, they are formed by individuals and they are for the individual good. Nevertheless, the personal good is not necessarily detached from responsibility, reciprocating and care for the rest of the collective, weather that collective is the same family or its extension to the community, society, country and the rest of the human race.

Personal choices should be respected, even when not understood. But it would help us all if understanding and meaning is found in those choices. The need for communication, for love and care is essential. Keeping the door open at all times is building a bridge towards personal and family healing. It is the best way to deal with the family karma in its evolution and with the individual right to follow a personal path. Family either foster wings or cages, (as individuals do in human relationships).

It does not mean that we must accept and agree with every families member decisions or outlooks in life, it means that we need to be open to understand them. It is the first sign of respect and maturity. Non the less, at times it may seem that we are condemn to walk our path in isolation.

Dealing with family karma is a good opportunity to learn about right human relationships, good will and love. In the last analysis, the problems of humanity are also about right relationships, good will, love, understanding and respect. As the esoteric law says; As above so below.

Our path is linked to becoming aware, dealing and evolving the family karma in the right direction. As it is linked on a broader scope with the rest of humanity.

So, review the gifts, the inheritance, the force or energies that are give to any one of us through our family. Make the best of them to benefit our personal life, and see what karma needs to be burned and left behind. This is liberating both for the individual and for the rest of the family, (and humanity). Finish the unfinished business and carry on shining your light and love as you trot down the path of development. It could be a good starting point this December as many families tend to gather. A good start for the very powerful and interesting incoming 2012.

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