Monthly Archives: November 2014

Black Friday

Black Friday is a term which the media has created. It is ‘a day of bargains on the busiest shopping day of the year.’ Huge sales, massive discounts, hurry, deals, will end monday. All this language has a huge influence on those receiving it. Just check out the news story’s that were delivered yesterday and you will clearly see how people become effected and influenced by the media and consumerism.

George Gurdjieff says that; ‘Man is a machine and is completely controlled by external influences. All the people you see, all the people you know, all the people you may get to know, are machines, actual machines working solely under the power of external influences.’ Any of you who have seen any ‘Black Friday’ footage will be able to verify instantly that those individuals who partook of the retail madness were completely under some external influence, that being the media and the giant corporations who want their money.

The above paragraph may seem cynical and pessimistic but I assure you it’s not. Black Friday is an extreme example, a clear indication of what control the media has over those who allow it. I have spoken before about this and many are trying to help people see whats happening in the world today.

So where do we fit into all this? If you waited for a shop to open because of the huge sales, rushed in to grab something that you don’t really need and assaulted someone who tried to grab your stuff. Then you are under the influence of the media and Black Friday. If you have heard before that individuals are influenced by the world around them, by people, by planets and stars and many other variables then you are aware of the situation.

KNOW THYSELF is one of the simplest pieces of spiritual advice one can receive. If you don’t know that you are under the influence of the world around you then how can you do anything to remedy it. If you watch adverts on T.V and find yourself half dazed walking to the shop and buying something you don’t need, then you will struggle to do anything about it. But if after reading this you observe what happens if you watch a news programme with death and destruction on it. If you pay attention to how you feel after an advert inadvertently telling you that your not good enough because you don’t own their product, you will see what influence these impressions have on you.

One of Gurdjieff’s followers asks a very important questions in regards this subject, and one we can all learn from, especially someone who punched their fellow man for a cheap television:

‘Can a man stop being a machine?’ Gurdjieff’s response sheds a stunning light on our current situation.

‘It is possible to stop being a machine, but for that it is necessary first of all to know the machine. A machine, a real machine, does not know itself and cannot know itself. When a machine knows itself it is then no longer a machine, at least, not so much a machine as it was before. It already begins to be responsible for its actions.’

I would appreciate any comments you might have on this subject. Post them here on WordPress or alternatively on my Facebook page. Even if you disagree with the above or have some criticism I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Shine Bright

I have been inspired this morning through my spiritual teacher and his kind loving words. This here is my attempt at doing the same, as best I can with my limited understanding.

The world today, as i’m sure those of you who regularly watch the news are aware, is full of darkness and inharmony. We find ourselves in this modern, advanced civilisation surrounded by war, famine, poverty, injustice, corruption and darkness. Where did it go wrong?

Many souls are attempting to reform the current situation. Doing their best with what they have to remedy the circumstances the world is in. What these great beings would advise us to do is our own small part in our daily lives.

I will share the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi here to better relay what I am trying to say:

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.”

There is a severe shortage of light in the face of this darkness. It is easy to go with the current and react to negativity with negativity, to hatred with hatred, to injury with injury. Many people believe this is the only way to react to such things. I strongly disagree!

St. Francis gives us the perfect remedy for what we can do in our daily lives as we go about our business encountering all manner of people living life. When we encounter hatred, let us respond to it with love. When we come in contact with someone who is full of doubt, we can try our best to fill them with faith. A family member who is sad for whatever reason will need nothing more than a turn of events by being given the gift of joy.

It is easy to add to what this world has in abundance, after all this is what has brought us to where we find ourselves. It is more difficult to go against the current and show that there is an alternative. Light can only be seen in the presence of darkness, so what better stage than the world today. Shine bright and do what you will.

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Your Brain

The brain is pretty awesome, you have to admit!

“There are approximately 100 billion nerve cells in the brain; and each of these communicates with the others through connections called synapses. The total number of possible connections is 25,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, Dr Herbert Benson estimates.

Put another way, if you made a stack of sheets of standard A4 paper, with one sheet for each neuron connection, the resulting pile of paper would be approximately 16 billion light years high- stretching beyond the limits of the known universe.

Therefore, the brains potential for forming new pathways- and thus new habits of thought and behaviour- seems to be practically unlimited.”

Use the inherent power of you mind wisely. Positive thinking cannot be ‘undermined’!

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