Monthly Archives: December 2012

Karma

We are approaching a time of the year which calls us all to look back on our last 365 days we have experienced and make a resolution. To look inwardly and ask if the year unfolded as we would have liked it to. Did we lose the weight we set? Did we do the studies we thought we could, learn a language or simply read a few more books.. Ultimately to become a better person.

The following quote is about Karma. The principle that where you find yourself right now is exactly where you need to be. If it could be different then it would be. Every impression you received this year, every choice you made, thought you had, word you spoke. These things have brought you to where you are.

“Karma is the Law of Cause and Effect. Karma is the Ultimate Law of the Universe, the source, origin and fount of all other laws which exist through Nature. Karma is the unerring law which adjusts effect to cause, on the physical, mental, and spiritual planes of being. As no cause remains without its due effect, from greatest to least, from a cosmic disturbance, down to the movement of your hand, and as like produces like, Karma is that unseen and unknown law which adjusts wisely, intelligently and equitably each effect to its cause, tracing the latter back to its producer.”

Put simply, the universe will give you exactly what you put in. If you need to change something, then go and change it. Learn something, go and learn it. But do not expect it to come without resistance, the thing which most often stops us in our tracks. Push through the hardships and setbacks, knowing ultimately your life will change. It is a universal law. Once you understand it’s workings, everything is possible.

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Don’t Idolise, Emulate

How we perceive the world will shape our experience of life. If we perceive it negatively, life will be negative. If we perceive it with a positive light, we will experience life in a positive way. These are elemental universal laws.

If we spend our time idolising stars, people with status, or blindly follow some Guru we will get left behind. Sitting on the couch idolising someone is no way to spend our days. But if one try’s to emulate someone who has achieved great things, be it in sports, politics, religious or spiritual matters or anything else. This is something we can all aspire to.

Think how amazing it will feel to spend the rest of your life aiming high and achieving greatness. And there is no waiting around. To emulate someone and be the best you can be starts now, this very day. If we wait for circumstances to be ‘better’ or ‘right’ we will never begin.

So get out of your armchair, plan you evening once you have finished work, take some time in your lunch break. But most importantly stop making excuses and idolising. The best feeling in the world is that of achievement. Achieving something you have set as a goal in the near or distant future will never get boring. Today is the only day you will ever experience, tomorrow never arrives. Always today, so start now!

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Speech

“The purpose of all speech is to clothe thought and thus make our thought available for others. When we speak we evoke a thought and make it present, and we bring that which is concealed within us into audible expression. Speech reveals, and right speech can create a form of beneficent purpose, just as wrong speech can produce a form which has a malignant objective.”

Alice Bailey.

Words have weight and are very powerful. We may not realise this in our day to day life where it has become the norm to complain, insult and generally be negative in a variety of ways. What I want to make clear with the above quote is that what you say to others will have a great effect on them!

Instead of being negative and complaining, why not be positive and enthusiastic. Give someone a compliment and see the smile that beams across their face. My mum used to say that ‘manners cost nothing’, and this seems to have grown into something more than simple manners.

Try it, experiment with the words you use. If you complain often, try not to express these thoughts. If you usually joke and insult friends and colleagues, try instead to stay quiet or offer the odd kind word.

Like many of my blogs, it will not have an effect if one person does or does not do this. But, if everyone who reads this try’s to be a little more positive, and in turn has a positive effect on someone else’s day, it will start a chain reaction, people will effect others and so on. Then things may begin to change.

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The Mind and it’s Plasticity

“You must convince yourself of the following: people get the mind and quality of brain that they deserve through their actions in life. Despite the popularity of genetic explanations for our behaviour, recent discoveries in neuroscience are overturning long-held beliefs that the brain is genetically hardwired. Scientists are demonstrating the degree to which the brain is actually quite plastic- how our thoughts determine our mental landscape. They are exploring the relationship of willpower to physiology, how profoundly the mind can affect our health and functionality. It is possible that more and more will be discovered about how deeply we create the various patterns of our lives through certain mental operations- how we are truly responsible for what happens to us.”

~ Robert Greene.

I have shared many blogs on this subject. These can be found in the ‘mind’ and ‘positivity’ sections, and scattered elsewhere throughout the page. This quote summarises very well the recent scientific discoveries which are being made to help cement some of these ideas.

There are schools of thought such as positive awareness and affirmations, which many people will discount as nonsense. For me, even before finding this quote, through my own experience, I am a believer in these mental operations. It is my belief and I will pay little attention to the sceptics who will try to belittle these ideas.

Now over to you.. Maybe you are already aware of this concept. You have been practicing affirmation for years. Maybe you walk next to God on a daily basis.. But, if you find yourself in a place in life which is less than satisfactory to your individuality, begin right this second to change your surroundings. Re-read the quote at the top of the page and start to explore for yourself the relationship of willpower to physiology, and how the mind can effect our health and functionality.

Remember: No one else can do this for you. This is why it is so beautiful. We can talk about it all day long, and tell everyone about it. If we do not practice it often throughout the day we will have no results.

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Practicing the Way

“Its like chopping down a huge tree of immense girth. You won’t accomplish it with one swing of your axe. If you keep chopping away at it, though, and do not let up, eventually, wether it wants to or not, it will suddenly topple down. When that time comes, you could round up everyone you could find and pay them to hold the tree up, but they wouldn’t be able to do it. It would still come crashing to the ground… But if the woodcutter stopped after one or two strokes of his axe to ask the third son of Mr. Chang, ‘Why doesn’t this tree fall?’ And after three or four more strokes stopped again to ask the fourth son of Mr. Li, ‘Why doesn’t this tree fall?’ he would never succeed in felling the tree. It is no different for someone practicing the Way.

~ Zen Master Hakuin.

This is a wonderful quote for anyone practicing ‘the Way’, or, ‘a Way’. What you soon realise after walking any path for a certain number of days, weeks, years is that nothing miraculous occurs. No life changing experiences, no inner tranquility which the books and teachers speak of, no enlightening meditations. But, as the above quote tells us so very clearly, ‘You won’t accomplish it with one swing of your axe!’

‘If you keep chopping away at it, though, and do not let up, eventually, wether it wants to or not, it will suddenly topple down.’ This sudden toppling down which Hakuin is speaking of is a most evasive thing in the Western world! We want results right now, with one swing of our axe. “I’ve been meditating for six months now. Why am I not enlightened?” Is something one may ponder as time passes us by.

Practice a Way! The Way, your Way, my Way, her Way, his Way or even their Way.. But do not practice it with thoughts about the results coming from your efforts. Do not think of felling the tree. Just continue ‘chopping away’, hour after hour, day after day, purely because you love to chop at ‘your tree’. And, ‘eventually, wether it wants to or not, it will suddenly topple down.’

This will be unmistakable.

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Strive for Freedom

“We must strive for freedom if we strive for self-knowledge. The task of self-knowledge and of further self-development is of such importance and seriousness, it demands such intensity of effort, that to attempt it any old way and amongst other things is impossible. The person who undertakes this task must put it first on his life, which is not so long that he can afford to squander it or trifles!”

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~ G. I. Gurdjieff

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