Tuesday, 2 October 2012

In Touch With Our True Self

In order to live life to its fullest we need to be in touch with our true being.
This means we must learn to live from our higher self, who we really are, and learn not to identify with the non-self.
This is not an easy process, it is a life long path. For most of us, a path that can take more than a life time.

The first steps on this journey is to recognise our soul and its life. What is important, meaningful to our soul? The soul is the reality that allows us to contact with our true self and what is of true importance. As we progress in this knowledge we come to understand that the personality is not our true self. The cares and worries of the personality are not of true importance. Slowly, the personality is recognised as a vehicle for soul expression. Instead of being control by our physical bodies, pour emotions and our thoughts, they become expressions of the soul. A process that allows us to dis-identify from the illusion and glamour of what is not our true self but that we have come to believe it was.

Our personality becomes aligned and identify with our soul purpose. Individuality diminishes in favour of a sense of collective and of belonging to a larger reality. We begin to sense group responsibility. We then can begin the redemption process of the other kingdoms of nature (mineral, vegetable and animal), plus the recognition of the One Humanity that brings about right human relations.

As the Ancient Wisdom saying goes; we pass from darkness into light, from the unreal to the real, from death to life. A life long process that lead to the emergence of a new way of living and loving, so let your personality express your Higher Self, since that’s what it’s time to do!
As individuals, as groups or collectives and as nations.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Turning the World Around can be simple!

We all wonder at times what we could do to make this world a better place. I am sure we often feel discourage when we realise how complicated it all is and how limited we are. That sensation is so familiar to me. 

I have learned that what is really happening is that I face a limit in my creative and thinking capacity. Sometimes simplicity is all that is needed and there is so much we can all do to make a change and bring about right human relationships and make this world a better place.

The following link will take you to an iniciative that is simple, enlightening and so full of hope and effectiveness. A true lesson in how there are ways to make things better when creativity and thought are put together for a good cause.

Enjoy and share,

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Heart and Mind

At times we need to be more mind oriented, more mental. Nothing wrong with that. Our mind, our intellectual powers are one of the traits that makes us human and that can carry us to success in our evolutionary path.

Nevertheless there is a danger of viewing ourselves as mental beings or of becoming to mental. That is, to believe that only the mind is trustworthy and any other source of knowledge and information should fall into the suspicious category.

Emotions are often view as a risk. They are not to be trusted and they should be managed by the mind. When we do this we may go to far as to separate mind from heart. The intellect from the emotions. It seems that only the brain can think and that only the heart can feel. This brings about a dichotomy. Instead of unity we have a duality and the two aspects will often clash.

Modern science has proven that our heart, (as our stomach and other body organs) have neurons and neuron clusters embedded within its other cell forming tissues. This gives the heart its own “brain”. It can and does control its functions with certain independence from the brain but does so using neurons, its own neurons. We then not only think with our brain, organs and we can say, even cells have their own intelligent ability. It has been an esoteric truth that there is intelligence in every atom. So, we actually think with all our being.

The same can be said about emotions or feelings. The brain impressions can be stronger or weaker according to the pumping rhythm of the heart. Emotions are not only heart felt, they stem from all over the body (and thoughts). We can often feel a part of our body reacting to emotions (or thoughts) by becoming warmer, by contracting etc. We feel with all of our body, with all of our being. Even our brain. Emotions are also a spiritual manifestation, a spiritual experience and/or action.

It is pointless to separate mind or thought from heart or emotions. This separation can be useful to gain understanding of what is happening with us. On the sources of knowledge or information. But, that those not make the distinction real. It also does not set a hierarchical subordination of one aspect to the other.

We need to reach a synthesis. We are a unity. Mind, emotions, body, spirit, are all manifestations of our true self. The same energy or vibration but at a different vibration. All valuable to understanding, to living, to achieve purpose, and to gain awareness of our unity and manifestation of our divinity.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Free Market

By now we all know that the Free Market is not an absolute fact of economic practice. The old believe that “The invisible hand” would bring about equilibrium, stability and justice thus maximizing the common good is long gone.

One of the problems with this conception is that at its root was the believe that individual actions, seeking individual gain would bring a general well being.
Individuals would follow a “rational” behaviour maximizing individual and social wealth. The market would select where more reward is to be found and would regulate individuals actions. The market is rational and fair. Individual benefit is the force behind decisions and actions.
Greed would propel individuals and society but the free market would regulate individual action and distribute social benefit.

Time has proven than only a few ended very wealthy while others are stuck with less and less. It is obvious that there are at least two problems with this view of the free market:
  • There is no such thing as a “Free Market”. Wealth, the wealthy will ensure that the market swings according to their benefit. The most recent example is the tampering with the Libor interest rate by a UK bank. Obviously this bank could not have done this by itself and others are to be found involved too. On both sides of the Atlantic. What does this say of the culture behind the financial sector? What does this say about the role of controllers and supervision?
    Markets were rigged (again) affecting loans, mortgages, bail out money received, altering information and confidence and of course banks profits and tax return.
  • The “Free Market” is sustained by the laws of supply and demand. But, do the laws of supply and demand apply to the whole population? Are they Universal? Of course not. Poor people (or countries) have needs but they have no role in the demand side of the market for they have no wealth/money to demand in the market. They are not a part of the free market, they simple don't count. Demand is not a synonym for need. Demand only applies to those that have resources to be part of the “Free Market”. The same can be said of Supply. How can the unemployed, the unskilled supply anything to a growing sophisticated market? No wonder sweat shops and such other abnormalities are an every day fact of life.

Today most wealth is “created” by the speculative capital managed by financial institutions. Volatile, risky, international suppositions are the realities behind price setting in the market. They are also behind the setting of interest rates for loans and investments. It is no longer the individual greed or “rational” behaviour that would lead to social benefit as first thought by the “Free Market” theorist and supporters.
Prices are no longer free to bring equilibrium into the market system (They have never been and they will never bring the theoretical stability and justice).

The current system needs reform. Mostly an ethical and legal reform. Capital is needed but it has to play a different role to the one that is playing today. A system that can rig the markets for the benefit of a few is no longer feasible.
The role of individual profit or of corporative profit (based on personal interest aka; greed) need to be redefined.
An individual or a corporation are part of a collective and it has to share fairly with the collective the profits and gains made, as much as the collective has bail out the financial institutions when they have done such a poor job.
The idea that greed as the foundation of personal benefit will bring justice and balance has to go. We need a conscious and conceptual change to
redefine economic laws and functions. The economy can not be an isolated reality that self sustain itself and that imposes itself on the gross of society. Economy is a means and should be subordinated to social realities. We need a new way of understanding of the foundations and purpose of economic activity.

Capital has a major role to play. It is needed and it can be a huge propeller of human development. It is not capital that is wrong, but the manipulation of it by selfish institutions and individual greed. Responsibility is a term that has to be brought into the centre light. There is no freedom without responsibility and a clear purpose. How each of us, how every society defines and implements the concepts and foundations of a new system is there affair and for sure will bring about different solutions and that is a good thing.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Brilliant Pain Killer

What a BRILLIANT idea. The Spaniards have come with this fantastic idea: Pain killer pills for someone else's pain!

They saw the statistics: 6 out of 10 counter sold medicines are pain killers. They are effective mind you, but they only have an effect on the person that takes them. Why not create a pain killer that would work for some else? Yes, you take it and some else's pain is mitigated, probably healed.

They got busy, developed the idea, got permission from the European Commission, the Spanish Health and Safety, the Pharmaceutical Guild, and the local governments. Then they signed up celebrities to promote their idea. It worked! The sales of pain killer pills that mitigate some else's pain have been a huge success and are now among the 10 most sold medicines in Spanish pharmacy s.

You buy a box that has a certain amount of pills (mint pills) for one Euro. The money goes entirely to Doctors Without Frontiers and is used to relieve pain in third world countries or poor neighbourhoods. As simple as that. You buy the pills, you take them and someone else's pain is mitigated.
People that take them say they have become addicted. Some say they have diminish the taking of pain killers for themselves. Many buy this pills as gifts for friends and family. What a nice way of the collective taking care of the collective. Of funding care and healing for others, of thinking about others and their situation and doing something about it. A simple idea thought out by average people and with huge results.

A good example of what can be achieve when we think, we act, we engage the collective, we focus on others needs and do something about it.
Governments, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and many more should take notice. I did. I feel frustrated I did not come up with such a clever simple idea. I'm also very glad some else did and that it is working for the collective. Acting according to the need. Brilliant! Today, I feel much better and healthier.

If you want to visit their web page, here is the link:
There is also a brilliant Youtube video:
Sadly enough I haven't been able to find a translation for it. Maybe you will and if so, get in touch and let's spread the word.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Economy needs Magical Thought

We all know times are complicated, in particular when dealing with economic issues. Whether the Euro-crisis or personal finances or our current economic model and its effects on our planet. (Interesting to follow what the Río 2012 Conference will be saying as it is held these next few days).

We all know that the current economic system is far from fair and not sustainable. Changes are needed as the patch up is taking place but we know that won't hold for long. We need a new economic and also a broader deeper sense of our place and mission on this planet. Seems we are all waiting for a new economic (political-social) theory to appear and provide us with a new paradigm to follow. Well, it won't happen just by magic and we are all involve in this. We all can think, imagine, new ways of doing things. We all need to be creative and bring this energies into the collective to aid in the upcoming of a different system.

I, for one have come about with a very simple one. Sure it is not perfect, nor immediately feasible, and open up to questioning and discussion, but, it is an initiative that adds up to the collective thought. If I could come with a simple proposition that may have some merits to it, I am sure that the eggheads that know about these things can come with better proposal any time.

Imagine that the world got together, probably by regions at a time (Europe, or America to take the lead, and other regions would follow). They agree on the following principles:
- The price of any good will create a certain set percentage of taxes. This tax will be distributed as follows: a certain percentage (fix) will go to the country where the good is sold, another fix percentage to the country where it is manufactured. Always the same fix rate and no exceptions. Eventually,we could do with just one currency, or if different, they will be so similar that no big financial speculation will really make the profits it makes today.
- Wages will be the same in every country. Same work, same pay. Simple. Eventually prices and wages and standard of living will become very similar anywhere.
- Interest rates will be very similar and fix both for investing and for loans. We are an international closely knighted that is becoming very similar so no need for big differential gaps in the finance sector.
- The price of a good will be the same everywhere because taxes, wages, finance are similar everywhere. The only difference that will be added to the price of the good is that of the cost of transport. This would foster local production, local sourcing, and buying local goods. Creating a stronger internal market and a stable employment opportunity.
- Because natural resources are not the same everywhere, the country or region that has a specific resource will naturally use and manufacture or harvest accordingly to what nature provides it with, and the technology for this will be developed locally or internationally for the benefit of all.
Countries that have lost their manufacturing capacity due to very low wages, poorer working conditions, etc. will have the capacity to regain them and countries that have specific national resources will bank their progress on them and take better care of them because that is what is at the core of their economical (social political) development and sustainability. Yet, interdependence will grow and the benefit of all parties will have to be taken more into account than that of what it is today. For example: Germany will produce amazing cars as it does today. African countries will benefit from exploiting their own natural resources (minerals, crops, etc.) that can be sold in Germany at a reasonable price and German cars would be sold in Africa at the same price as in Germany (plus transport costs), and both market could afford the products for wages, taxes and interest rates are the same.
- No more huge international, anonymous companies running the energy, the communications, the financial or the food market. We would need less intermediaries, no tax heavens, no big chances to make money in financial speculation. The linking of the economies (taxes, wages, interest rates) will makes us much more aware of what happens in other countries and if needs be provide them with assistance for if they fail, we all run into trouble. Charity loans, aids, etc. will truly become that and not an undercover business that only makes matters worst for the “beneficiary” as is often the case now.
We need to change our outlook from greed and individual benefit (personal, company, country) to collective awareness and responsible sharing. It can be done, it is at the core of true change.

Think about it. Simple global agreements can make huge differences if we are willing to make them. The times call for change, the current system will not hold forever, neither will the environment. We need original, new ways to see things and create them. Energy follows thought, so think about the changes you would make and put them out there in the collective mind. It is simple, not naïve. Magic does happen, specially if there is a will behind the trick.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

One Magic Dragon: OUR TIMES

One Magic Dragon: OUR TIMES: At times it can be difficult to understand what is happening in our world. Seems that things can go round and round in circles. We had...


At times it can be difficult to understand what is happening in our world.
Seems that things can go round and round in circles. We had the Crusades were European knights went to fight to the Holy land. Of course it was due to religious believes, (plus control of commercial routes and goods). Now, the European soldiers and the American too have been back fighting in the Middle East. Of course it is due to foster democracy, (plus control of oil and other commercial goods).

We can see the same kind of struggle at a different levels. For example, our present day materialism with all its financial and employment crisis against a deeper sense of community, of common good and care for humanity and the planet. They are aspects of the same age long struggle. A conflict that is as much universal as it can be personal.
Haven't we learned our lesson? Are we still doing the same thing over and over again and again?

I really don't believe so. It could only appear as a circular motion if we don't go deeper into the root causes of it all. Humanity has evolved. Human consciousness has evolved. I am sure that the awareness and consciousness of the soldiers and the societies that they belong to have a different understanding of war and all of what it entails.

GWF Hegel said that whatever happens in the world we see is due to the expression of a deeper reality, and idea that is embodied and manifested. This idea (and its manifestations) encounter other ideas and confront one another. It is a dialectical conflict, an encounter between a thesis and its antithesis. From this encounter, a new stage is found. A higher stage; synthesis. Then, the synthesis expresses itself as a thesis and it is again manifested in different levels to find (create) its antithesis. Through this constant process consciousness is developed and achieved. It is the purpose of human existence.
So, there are no two events that are the same for the idea and the consciousness gained are at a different (higher) level of existence.

From this philosophical point of view, confrontation and change are a must that constitute history. The confrontation does not have to be embodied as an armed conflict, as war, but then sometimes it does. In that sense wars and confrontation do have a purpose and they bring about change. Mind you, I am the last to excuse or support a war, but it does shed some light and hope in trying to understand what is happening. As human consciousness grows, the confrontations and their embodiments or manifestations will tend to be less important on a physical plane. It will be the mind the field of confrontation and understanding to achieve a new stage or synthesis. Sadly, we haven't reached that stage yet, but it is obvious we are on our way.

Every time we try to find meaning, to dig and find deeper causes we aid progress and human consciousness to gain a new synthesis. That is how powerful thought can be. That is why as we humans evolve and use or mind more and more to understand, to find meaning and to express and create concepts (reality), the better off we will be.
Many of the social changes happening at the so called Arab Spring, or the students protest in Canada, the Occupy movement in the USA, the European population questioning the austerity measures and the economic system, the evolution that China is showing and many more examples are proof of a larger social awareness and evolution. We need the political, the justice, the economic systems to be up to the challenge of our times. We need a different free press, a different understanding of what education should be. We need a different relationship with our environment, with the planet, with all sentient beings (aren't they all sentient?). These changes are happening. The thesis are being confronted by antithesis to find a new stage. We don't need to despair. We can be hopeful. There is a lot we can do. For example, search for deeper meanings, become much more mental in our understanding and express with respect and an open mind our ideas to move on the consciousness path. Every individual gain is also a collective gain, a step forward.

Hegel was questioned: “What if reality is not as you describe it?” He answered: “All the worst for reality then”. Not that he was to cocky and self assured. He meant, that behind illusion and its fear, there is a deeper cause and meaning, a System that rules change and evolution. We need to find and link to those deeper causes and work with the deeper System.
How similar is this to what the Ancient Wisdom has been saying for so many centuries! No worries, we are learning. From our mistakes at times, but we are learning and evolving for sure.

PS Sorry for the over simplification of Hegel's thoughts and the differences it has with the Ancient Wisdom but it was a need to make this a post and nothing more.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Greek, French, Brits and ...

Interesting what is happening in Europe now. It could probably also give some clues to what may happen in the US in the coming elections (or in any other county for that matter). More so if there was as much “freedom” of choice or alternatives as in some European countries.

France has a new left wing president: Monsieur Hollande. Many may believe that he is another leftist that will run the country economy to the ground. To others another president that will be “forced” to yield to international financial interests. To others he may be a new opportunity for change. Change? Yes, from the way the Global crisis has been dealt with. “We'll pay, but growth ( that is employment and social services) come first.”
Who knows how this man, that has never held an elected office before, will turn out to be. That is for the future to clarify. What is important is that he has upset the traditional French elections in the sense that a candidate that is in office has not lost elections since the 1980's. This has happen because the French saw the need for change in the way things are run. No more business as usual. The people, the French people are willing to take the gamble for a different option. Seems that to them the opinion of the Grading Agencies, International Bank assessments and the Investors fear creating speeches are not that important. All of them can wait their turn, the people come first. They have a big enough economy, among other things, to take such a stance. Good for them.

Then come the Greeks. Their economy and general situation is the opposite as that of the French, yet, the also upset the elections and decide not the give their vote to the two main parties that have been doing and following the “business as usual” prescriptions handled out by International Financial Institutions, Banks and Grading Agencies among others. Why would they when doing so implies the lost of a generation, general poverty, lack of basic social services...? Why should they when the last huge “financial help” they got did not go into their government accounts but directly to pay Goldman Sachs! Yet, they have to pay for that financial bailout that went into Goldman Sach's and not for Greek education, or other basic social services.
Are they at risk of being kick out of the European Community? Well, maybe, but things could not be worst that the option they had before the elections. But, will they be kicked out of the EU? It is not that easy; how will they pay their debt then? Who can and will “control” their economy then? (no matter how big or small, successful or unsuccessful it becomes). Will they then become a poor country in the Mediterranean (they already are), and thus an interesting investing opportunity that can not be missed? This will give them income in exchange! So, if you are declared dead, taking any changes does not seem suicidal, at worst you will be deceased (as you where) but maybe, up for a new different life. Interesting alternative for other countries within the EU ( Italy? Spain? Portugal?....) Would there be an EU then? Will this benefit the world economy? Certainly not. The Greeks, like the French know that they have some kind of saying in the International Economy and Finance Worlds. They have step out of the fear prophecies and face the doom and gloom straight on.

Then the English elections in which the Coalition Government, run mainly by the Conservative Tory's received a major slap in the face in favour of Labour when there was no other option, or for independent candidates where they had a real chance. Seems the British in their elections did what the French and the Greeks did: telling their government that the cut, cut and cut politics to ensure and a peace International Banking, Rating Agencies and Financial Institutions is not the main issue in the agenda. It is employment, growth, and public services what matters. As a Tory MP recently said: “We have to listen to the people, we have to change, it is employment, health and education what matters.” Aren't you glad that an elected member of Parliament that is in power suddenly realised that their duty is to listen to the people? Wow! What a discovery. Could he be a candidate for a Nobel Price (any for that matter, such enlightenment and sudden display of wisdom in public should grant him one).

It appears as the fear mongers, the speakers for world disaster, the following of what is good for the International Financial and Banking Institutions as the only means of salvation has been questioned by French, Greeks, Brits (no wonder the Scots want Independence), and maybe by many others as soon as they have a chance to cast their vote.
Seems “business as usual” is beginning to get more complicated for those that benefit from it so easily. For those that needed bailing out by the people and then turn around and now tell the people what to do with their money and how to run their wealth: give it to us, pay back, now! The Greek huge debt is smaller that what some banks got as a bail out. Funny, it was ( it is) more important to save a bank that a country! That “principle” is exactly what the French, the Greeks, the Brits, have questioned and decided against. Yes, duties and obligations will be fulfilled but not at the cost of a lost generation, of general poverty, of soaring unemployment, of police forces (see Russia and America, among other examples) sent against the people they ought to protect and serve. Let's get first things first and then deal with the rest. Banks and International Financial Institutions will get their benefits but not as ransom or by black mailing fear monger but from the wealth and growth created by the people when they have a chance to do so.

The world appears to be more sensible than thought about a few days ago. There is hope. The people, “the masses” do have wisdom and will and at the end of the day, they do run the show. The system has to adapt and evolve or it will seal its end, sooner than later.

That said, lets see what the ones that benefit from the “business as usual” way have tucked under their sleeves. A new war? A new terrorist attack? A new world shortage of basic goods (oil, water, food,...)? A new terrible epidemic?
Well, we can see them coming. We will know as soon as they start their new publicity stunt.
For now, the world is a better place and it will continue to evolve. Regardless.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Worth Some Thought

There is no doubt that the world is changing. The need for change is obvious and in many fields; education, politics, economy, social integration and development, the list could go on and on. New right human relations need to be thought about and established. There are many ways to achieve these changes. Experiments, trial and error, are just some of the methods to make progress in these areas. In any given country more than one idea may be developing now, often, in opposition to other ideas of change or on how to achieve it, or to effort to maintain a status qua that no longer holds true.

Among other ideas or social movement we have the Occupy Movement in the United States. It is an interesting social movement that is hard to define and that seems not to have a fully coherent structure and unfolding. Yet, this may be one of its advantages. Recently Noam, Chomsky has been talking about this movement. Here are some of his reflections, as published by Truthout, that I wanted to share with you.

Noam Chomsky has seen a lot of social movements. He cut his teeth on the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He participated in the anti-intervention struggles of the 1980s as well as in the World Social Forums that began in the 1990s. Now in his 80s, Chomsky has hardly slowed down with his schedule of writing and speaking and agitating. And he is certainly not one to watch the new Occupy movement from the sidelines.
The latest publication from the new Occupied Media Pamphlet Series brings together several of Chomsky’s intersections with the Occupy movement. There’s a lecture he gave at Occupy Boston in October 2011, an interview in January 2012 with a student about the meaning of Occupy, a conference call with hundreds of Occupiers later that same month, a subsequent speech on “occupying foreign policy” at the University of Maryland, and a brief tribute to his friend and co-agitator Howard Zinn.
Having spent so much time thinking about and engaging with social movements, Chomsky is both optimistic about the energy of Occupy and realistic about the challenges it faces. He appreciates the “just do it” ethos and embraces its radical approach to participatory democracy. But he reminds his audiences that all social movements reach further than they can grasp. The influence of money on U.S. politics, the huge weight of the military-industrial complex, the rapaciousness of financial speculation: these are forces not easily dislodged by people gathering together in public spaces and voicing their opinions. And yet, as Chomsky points out, the mostly non-violent, non-funded, and non-partisan set of actions radiating out from Zuccotti Park in Manhattan managed to change the national discussion about economic inequality.
This inequality, he argues, is the result of a 30-year-long class war that has hollowed out the middle class and put great pressure on the poor in the United States. The neoliberal push for privatization and lower trade barriers has carried that war to every corner of the globe. The Occupy movement is pushing back against the actors, the actions, and most importantly the consequences of this class warfare. Not surprisingly, given the vested interests being challenged, the pushback of the 99 percent has generated pushback in turn from the 1 percent.
What makes Chomsky’s perspective so interesting, aside from the wealth of his political experience, is the range of his interests. He draws from examples around the world to demonstrate his points. When talking about community-based media, for instance, he describes a scene from a Brazilian slum where media professionals set up a truck in a public square – to show skits and plays written by people in the community – and then walked around to interview people for their reactions. Why can’t we do something similar in the United States, Chomsky wonders.
It’s a big agenda that Occupy has identified, nothing less than a complete renewal of U.S. society and the U.S. role in the world. Chomsky sees not only the radical agenda but also the radical practice of the Occupiers. “Part of what functioning, free communities like the Occupy communities can be working for and spreading to others is just a different way of living, which is not based on maximizing consumer goods, but on maximizing values that are important for life,” he concludes in this valuable set of remarks and interviews."

Chomsky certainly can make a better analysis of the Occupy movement than myself. I specially like the conclusion: “Occupy communities can be working for and spreading to others is just a different way of living, which is not based on maximizing consumer goods, but on maximizing values that are important for life,” It is worth while to think about this, regardless if we sympathise or not with the Occupy movement.

For more information please visit:
Truthout: http://truth-out.org/news/item/8747-review-noam-chomskys-occupy

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The Dragon is going on a journey

Dragons often change their dwellings. They may travel with the seasons to places that better suits the seasonal energies for their own growth, rest and in short getting on with life.

The One Magic Dragon is beginning a journey that will keep him away for about ten to fifteen days. Who knows, dragons travel as they please and according to what they discover and need in their voyage. 

I, as the dragon keeper will travel with him. I am going wherever it takes me. We will be fine, we trust the Universe and rest in its arms. When the journey comes to an end, posting will resume. 

Meanwhile, may you days be blessed with light and your nights with dreams.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Humility and Strength II

The subject has continued to be present in mi mind: Humility and Strength.
For lack of a better name I shall consider them as virtues. As such, they can be developed and they can have an influence in our practical life. Virtues that don't have a practical influence do not deserve the name of virtues.

I don't believe that humility or strength come from a single source, they are formed and develop by the collaboration of many of our internal capabilities. The mind with its capacity for thought that shines a light. The will that gives energy, power to that that is willed. Love, defined by many as another manifestation of the will, but to me it can often grow to be much more than a will manifestation, becoming an expression of our whole being.

Clear thinking, directed will, and growing love are needed to grow in humility and strength. It is the coordinated work of our best faculties that yield the fertile ground for the development of these two virtues, (as is often the case with many others). They, are needed to better come to terms with what life is about.

As said, humility and strength should have practical consequences. That is one of their purposes. For example, we can be passing through a difficult period in life. How can we assess the causes of the difficulties we are experiencing?
-Is it a lesson, a transit and that we can come out of the experience? We need to ponder and do some amount of soul searching to gain understanding and then be capable of giving meaning to the experience.
-Is the situation or problem I am cruising through something that I have caused? Is it due to someone else that is close to us experiencing a difficult situation that we find ourselves involved in it? 
- Or does the experience actually comes from tapping into the collective?

To be able to answer and be clear about these possibilities can only be achieved if we are humble, that is, if we know what we are and what the experience has to do with us. We are not always the centre of all of what happens, while at other times, we do bring these kind of situations upon us. Which is it? Only the clarity of a humble look at ourselves and the situation will point us in the right direction, will give us light about the causes of the situation, and will give us the wisdom to deal with it in the best possible way.
Humility is then a way of knowing our place in the cosmic dance of events. Events that can be holders of truth or shams that confuse us. Humility will allow us to view and take "our place” and if this is achieved, we will be more likely to act better.

Strength can provide the assurance that things will work out.
Maybe we can not foresee the outcome, but we can be certain that whatever it might be, it will be for the better and that we will come out of it a step higher in the spiral of our development. Regardless if the outcome is clear or not at any given moment. Strength that produces conviction, assurance, and in some way; peace in the middle of the storm.

Strength can connect us with our deeper self that can be overshadow by what may seem a very difficult time. Our deeper self that remains untouched, undisturbed by changing situations and the gloom that can be perceived all around us and/or around others.
Our true self is a source of strength that provides a rudder to steer our ship out of the dire straight produced by stormy difficult times.

Experience, trial and error, effort and disposition, practise and patience (always patience) are qualities or skills that need and must be practise if we want our humility and inner strength to grow and be there when needed. As always in life, they are the product of a conscious look at ourselves and the situations we might face. Regardless if they are our own or that of others.

Humility to know they self. Strength to have a clear vision and confidence in our deeper self. Our true, divine self. This will lead to the wisdom we may need to overcome or outgrow whatever comes our way and make the most of it for ourselves and the collective.
Easier said than done. Much to work upon. Life is a fantastic experience!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Humility and Strength

Recently I have been pondering about Humility and Strength. They are both desirable, but what do they really mean?
I am sure there are plenty of definitions for them but I had to find my own. Sometimes this is needed: to find a personal meaning.

To some humility is to accept the truth about oneself. The good and the not so good. Regardless of where this truth come from; our own introspection, what someone in a comment or conversation reveals to us about ourselves and the capacity to accept it as it is.
In summary then, humility has to do with what you are. Recognising what you are is honouring truth. A good starting point.
Once we know what we are, our chances of doing what we can and what is better increases. Also, the capacity to stay out of dire straights grows. We become wiser in our choices and self knowledge.

Strength has to be more than mere resilience. It has to be more than the proverbial  “Get on with it”. Both this attitudes can be a manifestation of strength, but also of resignation for example. Strength has more to do with the way we act (internally or externally). But, where does strength comes from? It must come from loyalty and fidelity to a greater purpose. If we “see” the purpose and understand the value of that purpose loyalty and fidelity to it will allow us to endure whatever test comes our way. As V Frankl said; There is always a how if we have and understanding of the why.

I can envision humility and strength as the two blades of a scissor. They need to work together to make the cut. If we grow in humility we will be closer to the truth and the real. We will be wiser and we will know what needs to be done and the value of it. This can be seen as purpose. And, if we have purpose, we can find the source of strength. We know what we are and we know what our endeavours are. This gives direction or meaning to ourselves and our lives. It sets us on the right course. We grow and evolve into what we really are. We become aware of our true selves and the meaning of our existence.

I believe that humility and strength would be of help in dealing with many of the problems people face today. It would give a different take and promote healing to emotional problems such as feeling a victim, or a sense of low self worth, to name two examples.

Lets try to find the strength to be humble and the humility to find true purpose which will make us stronger. We will have a better chance at understanding the meaning of what we are and what our life is about. We can all do this, it may need more or less practise and consistency, but in all humility it is worth the effort and we will grow stronger. 

PS I like the Navajo saying so I'm posting it again: May you walk in beauty. Cheers!

Monday, 12 March 2012

The Truth in Lies

It is an old issue that has been debated through history. How can lies be real when they “say” something that is not. If its not, then it can not be.
On one hand some say that lies do not really exist. They “talk” about something that isn't so, therefore, they are not really real. They are an illusion.
On the other hand some may say that lies do exist. Hey, we may come across lies many times during a day or a week! They do happen. We all have been lied to at some point. So, yes, lies do exist. But then, what kind of existence do they have?

Lies are created by someone's mind. They are a thought and as thoughts, they do exist. Thoughts exist regardless of their accuracy, truthfulness or precision.

But thoughts are not all the same. Some thoughts are better than others. Better not only in an ethical term. Better because they are truer, deeper, have more light, power, …. they reveal more about reality or create a better reality.
Lies can also be very powerful creative thoughts and that is a problem. As such, they not only exist but create!

The core of the matter then is not if lies exist or not. They do. The core of the matter is that it is our thoughts that create reality and often that reality we create can be very destructive and self-destructive.
But, not everything exists in the same way. It is not a matter of: It is or it isn't. All that exist does so up to a degree. The supreme existence is that, supreme and exist fully, everything else derives its being from it and exist in degrees.

Some things exist more than other. They have more being to them.
What we create as thought forms will have different kinds of existence. This is so for many reasons. To state just two: the capacity the mind has that is producing the thought form and the contents or intention of the thought form or creation. In that sense a terrible lie can create a horrible reality and will have some degree of existence. Maybe even more than a true thought form that has been weakly produced. But because one is true and the other one isn't their intention will affect their existence and even the strong lie will eventually be discovered as a lie and thus loose its power and its being will change. While the true thought form will be linked to a higher existence: Truth, thus sharing a degree of truth and therefore “joining its being” to the better and for the better. It will have an effect, even if it takes longer to manifest. (As if timed mattered here).

That is why we have to be aware and careful of the thought forms we produce and what we say and how we live. Lies can have an expression on all those levels and create a reality on all those levels too. So, the illusion is given energy and confusion grows. (In logical consequence, illusions are real, ... to a degree). Maybe that is why we may wonder why bad things happen. Sometimes as if they sprung from no where. No, it is not bad luck.

The good side is that we can also create thought forms that are linked to the truth and therefore knowledge is given energy and light shines. Maybe that is why we may wonder why good things happen. Sometimes as if they sprung from no where. No, it is not good luck.

Both of this motions feed karma and have a direct influence on the life we live. For we do create or life (at least to a point, we are not absolute and perfect). In that life creation, in that thought creation, we may live in illusion and therefore what we are is modified, or being is changed and pointed in that direction.
If we create thought forms, if we create a life that is linked to truth we will live in light and what we are is modified, or being is changed and pointed in that direction. (The same can be said of Good, Beauty, etc.).

If thought forms have different degrees (quality) of existence, what happens with human beings that create their lives? Do some people have a greater degree of existence than others? Bottom line, what is the degree (quality) of existence we are creating for ourselves? Are we not responsible for what we are and become?

P.S. There is an old Navajo Indian good bye wish: " Walk in Beauty".  May you do so, if you create that beautiful path.  Think about it!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Cosmic Visitations

These days Robert Wilkinson (Aquarius Papers) wrote a fantastic piece (as usual), under the Title: “New Moon in Pisces, pt-2.” To read the post follow the link: http://www.aquariuspapers.com/astrology/2012/02/new-moon-in-pisces-pt-2-signs-sabian-symbols-and-what-it-all-means.html)

In the post Robert wrote: “This is a period that represents a “cosmic visitation,” where we need to find humor, objectivity, and a sense of who we are within a larger “light field.” We’re now in a period of receiving rewards for our courage, completing a larger understanding of a new set of standards to live by, and learning to attune to our invisible helpers so we can find non-linear means of communicating “at a distance.”
The whole text is full of food for thought, but I would like to comment on a particular subject, the one that I quoted above.
I came to realise that when "visitation" is mention somehow we believe we are going to be "visited" by some spiritual manifestation. To many this may sound like a spirit appearing in the night and calling our name while it swirls around our bed. I am sure this is not what was meant by Robert. As he himself points out, “cosmic visitations” may come in many shapes or forms. The most familiar to us would be a dream, an insight, a teaching, a motive, a thought, a conversation, etc. etc.
It is always exiting to think or imagine that we are going to be (or have been) visited by a cosmic being. It may make us feel as special, as a sign that we are making progress and are in the right path, or whatever other form of comfort my come to us. Actually this is just a whim or need of our personality. Such visitations, if they happen are not real. The Buddha himself taught his disciples that if the Buddha appears in your thought kill him for he is not the real Buddha.

Cosmic visitation happen very often, but we need to learn to identify them on a soul or spiritual level. Those are real visitations that can help us along the path. They are nothing special, they are not a specific signal of progress and a confirmation of a job well done. Actually a job well done is not looking or needing and confirmation or reward. It is done because it is the job to do and nothing else. It is selfless. The purpose of the visitations is different, they are clues or guidelines than can widen our consciousness, if we choose to follow the path they show. We may also not be aware of them, or simply decide not to follow the signals provided by the visitation. In spiritual matters, free will is always there. We always have choice and we are not punished or gain a price as if we were in a game. It has nothing to do with such lower mental or emotional expectations.

Yes, we can think and say a lot about Cosmic visitations. But maybe if we look at the issue from a different point of view we can understand it better. Instead of expecting a Cosmic visitation, w
hy don't we ever think of ourselves as the "visitors"? Why do we not see in ourselves the gifts and blessings that we have, the power to channel that we have and thus become the visitors that provide someone else with that expected "visitation"? We can also provide other with life changing experiences, or a t least with some love, light or service. How about starting to become aware of our activity as "visitors" to others? Let's view the issue from a different angle, not what we may receive but what we can do as service, as part of our path, and become the active agents that visit other souls to help them in their own path. To share light and love with them. To recognise that we are all individuals and yet one and the same. At a soul level we are in a collective level. Instead of separating we join and fuse. So, mutual Cosmic visitations are a natural event. We have to size the abilities, gifts, powers, blessings etc. etc. that we have to share and grow with them. We can be the ones visiting our fellow men/women. In doing so, the awareness and expanded consciousness of the Cosmic visitations we have will not only be enhanced but they will be of imaginable profit.
We are in the beginning of a new era, so let's view and do things in a different way.

Thanks for visiting. Blessings be.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

About Nations. About you

Nations can be compare in a broad sense with individuals. We can say that nations have a soul and a personality. These may show as national pride, national values, manifest as a culture, or any other form of national affirmation.
There is no problem with nationalism or national pride and belonging to a nation. It is part of the human experience. We as individuals belong to a group or to groups. We join in accordance to circumstances, believes, common goals or problems, etc. So do nations. They form alliances, blocks, etc.

The problem comes when the national view, the particular comes before the whole. When a nation sees itself as the most important thing to preserve, often isolation comes as an answer to political changes or world situations. Dictators for example have used this method to insure that their personal dream is dreamt by everyone else in the nation and foreign influences are considered dangerous to the health of the nation, state and people. Other countries have used the idea of being an island or of being in another continent to avoid engaging in world affair. Great Britain or the United States are just two examples in which this kind of thought has ruled a nations behaviour.

For whatever reason not getting involved, viewing other nations in terms of friend or foe, can be considered old and immature. We know the world is one and that which happens somewhere else will and does have an impact in the rest of nations or individuals. To resolve conflicts we have two choices; war or the table where issues can be discussed. Through history it seems, the war option has been the one most widely used. It can be a war on drugs, on terrorist, against evil forces... It can be war as a means to protect what is believed to be a right or a possession, or a position that is often labelled as “strategic”.

As humanity evolves, and it is doing so very fast in many fields, the view we have on nations and the view nations have about themselves and their role in the world has to change. Communications and economy have interlinked the world like never before and have done so in 25 years! Science and technology have been evolving and producing knowledge, comfort, gadgets and possibilities that were unthinkable 50 years ago. Change happens so fast that many gadgets become obsolete before their life cycle is over! Remember the old fax machine? Or the eight track or cassette players? I am sure you have seen perfectly good equipment being thrown into the recycle bin while still being able to render perfect service.

The need for change and to keep up with the times is evident. But politics have change very slowly in comparison. We still think as if the nation is a valuable thing that needs protection from.... and thus we see peril in many things. Some nations are self obsessed, other seek to join other nations, but only if they can manage to think alike and if their circumstances are similar or are to be so. The rest, remains foreigner and untrusted. Other times, other nations, other people are simply ignored or not know about. As if they where not our business and travel companions.

But, how are we going to change politics? How are we going to make the negotiation table much more effective than war? Again, I see the United Nations as a major player to achieve this goal. We need a United Nations in which interaction is not only possible but welcome and in equal terms. This would be the sign of healthy international relationships. A change in modus operandi. Business will not be business as usual.
There are problems and issues that need to be overcome before this happens. Are there nations prepared to conduct business in this new fashion rather than the old one? Maybe some, but others still need to evolve and come to terms with the present. The view on national interest (or security) has to change for a view of human interest and human security. Nations (we) have to assume that we are all really connected, that nothing in the world is foreign or unimportant to us. That we are involved in everything and that we can do a lot, if we join to do so.

A change of mind and leadership is needed to bring politics and “national interest” into the 21st Century and walk away from policies better suited for Nineteen Century colonialism and world view.
We are not far from a new “cold war”. China, Russia, Syria, form a complex triangle. So do the Palestinian, Irani and Israeli, another complex triangle in the same region. All with national interest and security issues from other world powers behind the scene. Another nuclear cold war? Maybe. That would mean we haven't learn the lesson yet. That would mean that business as usual is not working at all, it is not evolving but hindering progress and making us unsafe and stuck in the past.

There are no world leaders to be seen. Not one person capable of taking leadership of the situation. Maybe because it is not an issue that can be solved by one man (or one nation). It is only thorough collective collaboration that situations can be truly overcome and progress made. That applies to possible cold wars, to starvation, to poverty, to environmental issues, and a huge etcetera- The change has to come from a group, from a collective. I believe the United Nations were born and conceived to do exactly that. Therefore the need for reform in the United Nations. Therefore the need for a different way of thinking about the world and our place in it.

We are all involved and we all have a right of choice and the possibility of moving into the 21st Century, into the Age of Aquarius living, into a better world.
We can write to the media asking them to improve their coverage on important issues. We can write to our government representatives to ask them to view things differently and hold them accountable for their actions. We can contact groups that are campaigning for change according to our preferences and believes. We can ask for divine intervention, but remember that the media, and politicians won't react just because. And divine intervention could happen, but divinity might be waiting for your intervention too. There is a lot we can do.
Think about it.

Friday, 10 February 2012

The Need to Change, the Need for Action. Your Action, Our Action.

Imagine a country where a democratic election takes place. The process is monitored and it is faultless. The voting results show a majority and the decision is clear.
Then, a special body in power reviews the results and if they don't like the outcome of the voting, they rule it out and nothing happens.
Would you consider that country to be a democratic country? Is that in agreement with human rights and freedom of choice? Is the governing body that rules out the election supporting freedom and democracy? How would you feel if you lived under such a regime?

Now, substituted the imaginary country for the United Nations. The General Assembly in a democratic vote reaches a decision, it comes out with a resolution that can, and often does, be overruled and stop by a few in the Security Council.
The UN structure could have been a good idea in the post war times. I can understand having a Security Council with a veto power then. But the world has evolved and change has happen over the last sixty years. The UN has to evolve and change too. Because it hasn’t done so it is no surprise that it is often very inefficient in dealing with many issues. No wonder that double standards are applied.

It is clear that the Middle East situation needs to evolve. It is a very unstable area and it is, once more, in the brink of serious trouble. The Arab Spring revolution is just one of the visible changes happening, but there is much more going on. It is also a region in which many interest are at stake. Good ideas and the power to make them come to reality and bring about a better situation have been and are blocked by the UN's Security Council. There are hundreds of resolution dealing with the Israeli – Palestinian crisis that are vetoed, or never applied, with no consequence other than people being killed, human rights tramped upon and instability as the daily way of life. The same applies now to what is happening in Syria. Syria is not Libya. It has a stronger army and Russian and Chinese back up.

Syria is a difficult nut to crack. Minorities are afraid of what might come after an inhuman and despicable regime as the present one is, changes. Syrians can't live any more with the current government and the situation is has brought about its people. Yet, what will happen after this regime falls? (and it should fall) .
Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya and Egypt have gone through revolutions and changes, but their situations are still unstable. Human rights have not always been respected and in a sense the coin us still in the air. Military intervention, arming revels, or similar actions are not a warranty of a peaceful and the desire outcome. Experience has proven this. Keep an eye on what Iraq is doing and the reaction of the Israeli's (and the interest of others in all these. It is an explosive situation that needs to be considered and watched over).

If the UN stands on the side line doing nothing is also a bad situation. How can a body like the UN, stand an watch annihilation, murder, war crimes, and et al, without doing something? It has to get into action if it is to have a purpose, if it doesn't what is the point of the UN?

Answers are not easy. A lot has to be done and much improvement is needed. But needles to say, this is not help by the actual structure of the UN with its Security Council veto powers that are always applied to protect and insure specific and particular interest. This structure blocks the interest of the common good and the collectivity of countries that make up the UN. The world will, in the last analysis, be subject to these particular interest and it will have to dance to that tune as long as some can impose their views and interest on the majority.

Imagine the UN working in a totally democratic fashion. The General Assembly takes it time to study the issues, to listen to all sides, to ponder on the information, and then, votes on the possible solutions and the majority's decision becomes a resolution that is applied. What a change in the balance of power in the world! What a change in the efficiency and confidence in the UN. Solution and change will happen faster and better. Yes, nothing will be perfect, but it is by far a much better alternative than that of what we have at present. Evidence is there.

Do give it a thought. Then, regardless of what your conclusion might be, do what you can to improve the Israeli – Palestinian situation. Do what you can to improve the situation in Syria. Do what you can to improve the rate and quality of change and evolution the world needs. There is always something we can do to bring a better situation about: willing it, meditation and the creation of right thought forms, discussing your ideas with others,.... the possibilities are many and you can do something. Nothing that is done is of little importance or effect.

Come on, it is 2012, the right time to make things happen!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Learned from Ilness

A friend went into the hospital after three weeks of being ill. Her nutrition levels were very poor and no wonder she got so feeble. Some of her closest friends (and family) learn about her condition about a week ago. She did not believe in main stream medicine or in asking for help. Things went to the worst and friends took action.
I am glad she is recuperating at the hospital where she will have proper care to get her back to her own self. (And to carry on living with her believes).

The whole issue has brought a few lessons to consider:
  1. If we close ourself, withdraw to much from the others (family, friends,...) we may end up pretty much alone and at times, unable to cope with some of the things life can bring about.
    We may also hurt family and friends for they can feel that for whatever reason there is no connection. A sense of separation is likely to arise, which would be detrimental for all. We need to learn to ask. We are part of a collective and what happens to us, happens to others. When other help us, they are also helping themselves!
    On the other hand, we don't allow others to experience the joy of giving and sharing and the growth that comes from it.
    We can not think only about ourselves, we are all connected, and more so to friends and family. The “I don't want to worry them” is just an illusion that can be very close to avoidance or other personal issues. It just does not work, at least not in the long run...

  2. By sticking to our believes in a fashion that goes beyond present evidence and common sense, we may very well do wrong!
    Believes should be revised and review and if needed they must be changed. The use of the critical mind should be a frequent exercise.
    There is nothing wrong with principles and believes but they should not stand on their own, like tyrants, having the only and definitive saying in all life matters. It is not that our believes are wrong but they can not become over-comprehensive, universal and applicable at all times. In extreme situations some extreme action and thought could be needed and we would do right if we assume the conditions and situations we can be placed to face. Believes and principles are for humanity. They are guidelines, but they are not there for us to serve them blindly. Moderation is a key element when having to make decision in certain situations. Sticking to a believe that is harming us and not changing it can be a manifestation of how locked up inside ourselves we can become. Shutting up and locking ourselves away is not only a physical description it also applies and maybe more so to emotional and mental attitudes. 

  3. Life, everyday we live has a purpose. The ending of a stage of a cycle does not mean that purpose is non existent. There is always a purpose. What needs to evolve and / or adapt is our ability to see and understand our life purposes.
    Of course there are dark times when we can not “see” purpose. Sometimes we go through “blind” transitions, but just because we don't “see” something it is non-existent.
    All this is part of a normal process and cycles are a natural part of it. We must learn to envision purpose and our current situation and what lessons we need to learn. Nobody has learned all there is to learn in a life time as there is no life that is purposeless.

    We can't give up on life for Life never gives up on us.

    PS. A short poem:
    Above a leave hangs from a branch
    A soft breeze
    Below the pond ripples.

Friday, 27 January 2012

An Attitude Change as Subtle as a Train Crash

I have been e-mailing with a friend on a regular basis. Our last e-mails fell into what is know as the “doom and gloom” of our times. We discussed economic and political issues regarding the Euro and its future, The European Community feasibility and changes needed, the American economy and the political situations, and similar topics. Our last e-mails brought us both to a space of little hope and much to worry about if we decided to.

Then, he sent me this e-mail that was forwarded to him by another friend.
I read the article following the link provided. It changed my perspectives of things as subtle as a train crash would! Here is a man that is doing something. He is making a change, yet he is practical, keeps things simple and gets on with them. What a different life attitude to the one I had when reading e-mails and thinking about the terrible world crisis we are facing. Instead of dwelling on what we all know is a bad economic situation, we should move on and get practical and active. We all have our own particular field in which we can do things happen and make a difference. We only need to learn the lesson and change our thoughts and intentions and purposes. We know this, the question to ask is probably a different one: Do we dare to?

Here is the article and the link to the full story. I hope you enjoy it and if needs be, learn the lesson to walk in the light and not to sit in the dark doom and gloom.


January 22, 2012

a project of CharityFocus

If everybody acted in a simple and human way, we'd all be saints.

- Don Sergio Castro -

Portrait of a Healer

"Some of his patients are sent to him by local hospitals, especially in hopeless cases; when, for example, amputation seems to be the only option. Sergio Castro is seen by many as the last hope. People come to him with gangrene, hoping that they will be able to keep their limbs, for he has achieved what some perceive as "miracles". Sergio is not a doctor; Sergio's somebody who really cares about people. And his clinic is actually not a clinic, but a museum of traditional indigenous costumes. Sergio has been working within the indigenous Mayan communities of Chiapas, the poorest and most deprived State of Mexico, for the past 40 years. Initially, his contribution was agricultural work, and helping to build water infrastructure before he began offering medical care. Like all true healers, Sergio didn't choose to become one. He was chosen, elected by the people who needed his help; and unlike many proclaimed healers, he's never asked a dime for his services." { read more }
Submitted by: Benjamin Mariotte
Be The Change
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