Category Archives: Language

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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A Journey

I have noticed recently that there are several random viewers from different parts of the world beginning to be more frequent. As well, I would hope, as those of you who like to read whenever you can. This being said, before going any further, if you enjoy this blog or have enjoyed any other blog you have read, please share the whereabouts with someone you know. This may not be easy, as many are not the slightest bit interested. But try, if you can.

The reason for this blog; I am about to depart for a weeks holiday in Tenerife with my beautiful family. As well as this journey I will be taking another one, of a different nature. I will be reading Paramhansa Yogananda’s ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. For those of you who have heard of this book, or even read it, will know what I am speaking of. Those of you who haven’t. Make some practical use of the internet and google it!

I am sharing this information with you who read this to say that I will not come back from Tenerife the same person as I went away. I will have read one more book, seen 7 more sunsets, seen my sons smile countless times. What more is there to pray for?

When I return from my holiday, I will be sharing several insights from this great book, by this great man. And for those of you who are interested it will take you about 3 minutes to read them. Or roughly as long as it has taken you to read this. There will be a Yogananda category and a Kriya Yoga Category for you to Read, enjoy and share.

Have a Blessed week. Enjoy the ups and downs. But, first, form your opinion about this post.

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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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Read all about it

From newspapers to blogs.

Imagine a time before television. A time when one could only receive information from books and newspapers, and only much later on, the radio. You could of decided which book, or article, or parchment, or hieroglyph you wished to assimilate.

Then came along the trusty television. The thing we all turn to for information and entertainment. But more than anything else, as you may have noticed, advertisements. Love them or hate them is up to the individual, but I know what it is that I like thank you.

Now I am communicating with you over the internet. No paper, no trouble, no effort, just reading someones blog entry. How easy is this compared to searching some tomb for a parchment you wasn’t even sure existed? But there were some in the past who wanted, needed this knowledge, understanding and ideas more than anything else and went after it. We can all find many examples of these individuals if we think for a second.

So we have come a long way from the printing press. Surely this is a good thing? I can read peoples thoughts and communicate with them anywhere in the world. If they have an internet connection of course. Telepathy is not easily attained.

So choose what information you receive wisely. If you want to be happier, try not to watch so much news. If you want to be smarter, read any book. And if you want to get better at some thing. Practice it!

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The Retweet

Retweet and Share; Share and Retweet

I recently read an article on Renard Moreau Presents blog, about the social networking site Twitter. This is the link:
http://renardmoreau.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/twitter-isnt-bad-part-2/ It is a short and sweet post, please have a look. After reading myself I had the thought to create my own Twitter post.

My focus will be on the sharing side of Twitter, or, The Retweet. We have all pressed that retweet button several times if we are users of Twitter. It takes no time or effort or money, but makes the recipient very happy. It could be a fine article on growing a business that you share with all your followers; a piece on Language or sport or finance. Or simply a quote that someone decides to share with the Twitter world that could make everyone who reads it smile!

I am on the Twitter site to share and communicate with people I would never be likely to meet otherwise. Robin Sharma, Sir Nick Faldo, even Barack Obama, and many more as well. When I come across some good piece of advice, or an inspirational quote, I simply share it with all of my followers. The Retweet. This then moves the cycle further and gives them the opportunity to decide if they like it enough to share with their followers. And on and on the cycle goes.

To sum up. If you find something inspirational or interesting on Twitter, WordPress or Facebook, think about all your friends or followers who might like to know about this information you have found. After all, the internet is about sharing information, masses of it that we could never digest. So we know what we like and then look for, read and research this thing that interests us. We have friends and colleagues who are also interested, and through Twitter and Facebook we can share thoughts, feelings, words, pictures, knowledge and information to name but a few.

If you find a piece helpful or of interest but find yourself breezing past it without liking or sharing, why is this? We have joined a social network site for that reason.

Retweet and Share. Share and Retweet

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Life

We eat, excrete, sleep, and get up;
This is our world.
All we have to do after that-
Is to die.

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Blogging Inspiration

I have spent the morning reading and re-reading the blogs that I follow, and ones they in turn have recommended. I love to read, and have many books on many subjects, but the WordPress community offers something different.

When I started this blog it was to share fragments of information that I had acquired, that is all. But no sooner had I begun, bloggers were reading and commenting, which in turn led me to their blogs.

So far I have found many inspirational blogs that I will continue to read because I know from experience the content will be fantastic. And I’m aware that people are enjoying this blog in turn, which is all a man, a woman, a blogger can ask for.

Thank you for reading, for sharing, for inspiring. If its morning when you read this; have a wonderful day. If its evening; have beautiful dreams.

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