Is there life out there?

This is a question that all of us must have thought of at some point in time. Is there life outside of this planet? There must be, right!? And the more our technology teaches us about life here on our own earth. In the sea, land and sky, the largest to the smallest, the more resonable it sounds. 

I will be writing this blog from the opinion that there is and must be life outside of this planet. Now you will either agree with me, or you will disagree with me. Those who agree this will strengthen your resolve. Those who disagree will have some more information to base your belief. 

Scientists, physicist, astronomers can all give us a very good idea and picture of the observable universe (not to mention the unobservable!). The individuals in these feilds estimate that there are some 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe. The Earth belongs to the Milky Way galaxy, which comprises approximately 300 billion stars, one of which is our own sun. In the entire observable universe there are thought to be a staggering billion trillion stars. 

This mental picture of the universe will give us some idea of its size and wonder, and that our solar-system is a very small part of it. 

We can speculate between ourselves how many of these stars may have planets capable of sustaining life. Or if life could ever be sustained, if that’s your standpoint. There is an interesting opinion based on logical deductive reasoning, put forth by noted science author Dr. Issac Asimov in his book ‘Extraterrestrial Civilizations’. He states:- 

“After all, the existence of intelligence is not a near-zero probability matter since we exist. And if it is nearly a near-zero probability, considering that near-zero probability for each of a billion trillion stars makes it almost certain that somewhere among them intelligent and even technological civilizations exist. If, for instance, the probability were only one in a billion that near a given star there existed a technological civilization, that would mean that in the universe as awhole, a trillion different such civilizations would exist.” 

It’s difficult to argue with logical deductive reasoning. But I’m certain that some will. Ask yourself, if you haven’t already, if the above quote is not logical and reasonable. 

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Fragments of Fragments

Have been trying to blog a little more regularly recently, try being the operative word. Looking over the categories of previous post’s it has been possible to re-evaluate and re-dedicate myself to a plan of action in regards moving forward. 

I will add here that these blogs are only fragments of fragments of knowledge, information, ideas and subjects. My reason for this is in the hope that someone finds something of interest to them and pursues it further. 

In the past I have blogged about Astrology, which since these blogs I have done an two level course which has broadened my understanding of the subject. I have blogged about Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, two men who have had a miraculous effect on my life and their ideas and examples have really inspired me. Harmonious Development is my Hypnotherapy business which is currently moving very slowly thanks to my two young children (Noah 2 1/2 & Hannah 9 months) which require much of my time and attention. 

Overlapping all of the above subjects is the inherent and unlimited power of the mind and a positive attitude! This is where I began my search and is where I continue to spend much of my time in study, but more importantly experience. Experience is essential in that it can’t be taken from you. Once you have experienced a thing it is yours and no-one or no-thing can take it from you. I can say that sugar is sweet. You can believe or disbelieve me. But once you taste a spoonful of sugar, your experience of sweetness will be far greater than anything I could tell you! 

To conclude. I will be composing more fragments to share with you in the coming days, weeks and months. In the hope of inspiring you to do something you want to do but are yet to initiate, so that you may find a subject of interest to read further into, so that you can experience for yourself the power a positive attitude can have on your life and your days. 

Happy a happy Easter!


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Daily Life

Came across a very interesting interpretation of mans daily life told by Yogananda this morning, and must share it with you all;

“The world is full of excitable people who run the gamut of the emotions while participating in the unpredictabilities of daily life. In a life span of sixty years, man beholds 21,900 transitions from day to night, and is tossed on ceaseless waves of emotion. Buffeted and bewildered, he learns very little from the instructive panorama of life. Such men have to reincarnate until they are able to watch the worldly spectacle like calm, blissful gods.

The yogi views this world as entertainment. If he experiences in his own life a ‘tragedy’ such as illness, poverty, persecution, or bereavement, he is able to say sincerely: ‘Ah, this dramatic spectacle is only a passing scene; it is not the ultimate reality!’ – even as an ordinary man, viewing a motion picture of horror or tragedy, may say; ‘what an interesting drama!’ If this cosmic show, morning, noon, and night, had only angels and smiles and no pain or tears, it would get boring and monotonous.” 

Speaking from experience, what appears to be a traumatic period in life, be it bereavement, poverty or ill-health, when viewed years later in hindsight can bring with it great lessons. 

What Yogananda is asking us to do is to experience these tough times with a similar outlook while we are in the midst of the storm! If we fail in an endeavor, there is a great opportunity to learn from it and press on to bigger and better things. If oneself or a loved one is ill, view it as a fleeting experience lacking in vitality and don’t lose heart or allow your spirit to be weakened. 

It may seem like this is an impossible feat, and that when times are hard it is acceptable to be down and depressed. But if we continue to do what we have always done, we will continue to experience life the way we have always experienced it. 

Don’t become excited by the arrival of good fortune, neither become depressed by a calamity. Try and watch with a calm, indifferent attitude the joyous and sorrowful scenes of life.

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It is widely thought that the world around us and our current circumstances dictate our state of inner happiness, or lack of. This is one of the greatest misconceptions. 

Pain is anything that rouses displeasure or dislike. Pleasure is that which causes attraction and liking. It’s easy to think that pleasure is better than pain. Both of these states however, are fleeting and will come and go. The best attitude is to practice indifference to these influences; neither becoming happy with good circumstances, nor becoming depressed with bad happenings. This is the road to true happiness! 

One of the first pieces of information I received in regards ‘spiritual wisdom’ is that we have a choice in the way we react to things. Before this I thought that insults require retaliation, acts of violence need to be revenged and so forth. With a little practice I soon realised that this is not the case. 

If someone insults you, you have the free will to smile and say, ‘why thanks very much.’ This is real strength. Jesus teaches us that if you are struck on the left cheek, offer the right also. This inner resolve and inability to be effected is what is required to stay centred in this fast paced world. 

Try it for a short time. Decide that you won’t be effected by anything that comes your way. That you will be indifferent to both pleasure and pain. Soon you will see that we have the ability to take complete control of our lives. 

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It’s safe to say that most of us have a bad habit… Or two, with which we wish to rid ourselves. But do we have the same outlook in forming good or more beneficial habits in our lives?

Repeated performance of good or bad actions forms good or bad habits. Habits are automatic machines in ones psychology which enable a person to perform an action without conscious effort. To perform a good action in this way is very beneficial! It follows then, that it is most detrimental to allow any bad habits to form in daily life.

Ease comes with repetition. Many of the greatest athletes and sportsman of today have simply habituated themselves to perform at the highest level. This law should be used to perform good and beneficial actions. Bad habits are destructive to health, life and inner peace. Overeating, smoking or any other well-known bad habit can cause unhappiness, anxiety and at its worst physical disease.

According to its training, a parrot will repeat a positive compliment or a vile insult. So the bird should be taught only to speak good words, otherwise the owner may be embarrassed if the parrot curses in front of select company. A bad habit, like the evilly educated parrot, will repeat itself against ones will any moment, anywhere and bring sadness and dissatisfaction.

Samuel Johnson said; “The diminutive chains of habit are seldom heavy enough to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” Some people form habits (good & bad) more easily than others. Someone with a weak will may perform an action only once, and that will be enough for the habit to form. Others with more will power, seemingly have great control over their lives and actions. These people, even when in the company of smokers, drinkers, adulterers can keep tight control of their actions and not be led astray.

If we find ourselves already in the clutches of a bad habit, we can be cured by using the antidote of good actions, good habits and good company. We have all experienced times when we have made a clear intention not to perform an action, only to find ourselves no more than an hour later indulging ourselves in the said action owing to the force of the creation of bad habits.

In conclusion, the first thing to do is diagnose the bad habit to eradicate or the good habit to be incorporated. Next, be vigilant of your actions during the day. It is quite obvious, but if you wish to stop smoking it’s not the best idea to carry cigarettes around with you. If you wish to be a faithful husband it’s best not to frequent strip clubs. And if you desire peace and contentment there are actions to be performed and others to be avoided.

Progress is a slow process when it comes to habits, and like the reformed alcoholic the best attitude is one day at a time. With dedication and right action, I’m certain your life will evolve into one you will be satisfied with!

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This post will provoke your thoughts. Whatever one believes they must respect others views. That being said, there must be an objective reality which is closer to the truth. By making sure to question everything and verify ones experience, we can surely get closer to that truth.

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

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Good Will

In these times of prosperity and plenty its easy to overlook those less fortunate among us. Spare a thought for those who will be spending tomorrow alone. Spare a thought for those who wont be visited by Father Christmas or have a lovely roast dinner with all the trimmings. And most importantly be grateful for those loved ones you will spend time with over the coming days. Be thankful for your dwelling and funds that pay for the gifts and food. Many don’t have these things to be thankful for!

And if you wish to spare more than a thought, get active and go and knock on that elderly neighbour and wish them a Merry Christmas. Get that homeless person you always see and cup of tea, or call up that family member you’ve been out of touch with for too long. Its the season of Goodwill after all.

Merry Christmas! Drink (and eat) responsibly! x

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