If the world we see in our head is not the real world but an image of the world formed – and most probably deformed – by our brain; and if those images are our ‘maps’ of reality, then it may be a good idea to conduct some basic reality checks about those maps.
The first one is asking ourselves whether we do not miss out on vital parts of reality and checking if what we include in our field of awareness really covers everything there is to see.
We do not really love or dislike external circumstances but we fall in love or are disturbed by the images we create in our mind as a response to those circumstances.
If the world that we experience is primarily an image in our mind, then the most direct and obvious consequence is that it is not in what happens to us that problems and their solutions lie: it is what we ‘do’, in our own mind, with what happens to us.
Are all of us really like divine artists crafting stories in the theaters of our consciousness and enjoying or suffering their dramas? Are we truly birthing our own realities in the cradle of our mind? Do we really have the power to make ourselves happy or miserable?
Seven shift YOU need to make if you want to be at peace with yourself and live a life you love.
Your effectiveness, the degree of happiness you experience and the amount of control you have over your life relies on seven principles.
We have called them mind shifts because they are shifts of perception – changes of mind. Have you ever changed your mind? I assume you have. And what happened when you did? You brought change.
Here is a good opportunity to do it again – for good.
Mind Shift 1 – The reality that we ‘see’ is not real: it is an image created by the brain that fills the field of our consciousness and that we usually confuse for reality.
We all fall in the trap of believing that the way we see ourselves and the world around us is what the world and ourselves are. But this is an illusion. Like all illusions, it may frighten us or make us wonder but ultimately, it is deceptive.
There has been a lot of talking around the date 21-12-2012 and, with it, a lot of imagination, emotions and anticipation.
21-12 came and nothing happened. We woke up on the 22nd and the world was still there, unchanged. The furry of information, conflict and greed was still going on; the misery and slavery and depravation of human dignity was still shaming us; the movement toward authentic solutions and the rebirth of true civilization was still alive.
And we breathed.
As we breathed, we allowed our consciousness to relax and open. As our consciousness relaxed and opened, we thought; and as we thought, we saw. Continue reading →
“We are at the very point in time when a 400-year old age is dying and another is struggling to be born, a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of relationships, liberty, community, and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world has never dreamed.”
–Dee Hock, Founder & CEO–Visa
The 20th century as a whole has been a period of extraordinary changes, a short period in our collective history described as a ‘CONFLUENCE’ – a meeting of two ages, a time of transformation and renewal, a portal into new dimensions of consciousness and living – a time for definite changes.
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The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.
THICH NHAT HANH
WHY ARE WE SOMETIMES so reluctant to look at ourselves? Is it because we think we do not have the time? Or that opening ourselves to our own inner world in such a merciless world may make us unnecessarily sensitive, weak even? Or is it that we are not too sure of what we can find inside the Pandora box of our mysterious ‘self’? We have been told so many things …
WE SEEK PEACE, freedom, love, happiness and power because we are, in essence, peaceful, free, loving, happy and powerful beings.
When we look at our life honestly, we cannot miss the fact that however much we believe we have been influenced, betrayed, cheated or compelled, very few decisions have actually been made without our consent. Someone tempted, convinced, threatened or ‘bought’ us in some way and we said, ‘yes’.
Character determines who you are. Who you are determines what you see. What you see determines what you do.
OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL LIFE is more than a weird inner movie made of the stuff of dreams: it is a creation. Beyond being the space in which we really experience life, our mind is the primary dimension where our ‘real’, physical, life is given shape.
Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what it is that you have never lost.
OUR LIFE BECOMES an exciting adventure and we become capable of transforming problems into creative opportunities when we realise that, as a human being, we are endowed with three fundamental abilities it is our responsibility to understand, develop and ‘cultivate’. Those three abilities are innate: we have ever ‘leaned’ them. They are positive and self-organising. They are intelligence, sensitivity and creativity.
WE ALL HOLD SOMEWHERE in our mind an image of what we could be if we were empowered to be who we really are and do what we truly aspire to. And because we live in the world, this vision of an ‘ideal’ or truer self goes with a vision of what the world ‘could’ be and what a better, great or possible future would look like.
Those images, often subconscious, are the foundation of our effort to achieve and give to the world around us. They may not be vivid and detailed visions but they are a silent aspiration within the heart for a life of peace, comfort, respect, togetherness and happiness.
Those words resonated profoundly yesterday when I read them. There is not much to comment really; their fragrance suffices to provoke an awakening: outside the windows of habits of perception; beyond the ceiling of prejudice and insecurity lies the boundless and open heart of Life …
THE WINE of divine grace is limitless:
All limits come only from the faults of the cup.
Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its window.
Grant a great dignity, my friend, to the cup of your life;
When you look at what makes your life beyond the obvious reality of earning, spending, coming into relationship, setting goals, solving problems, watching TV, sleeping or going through physical routines, you become aware of another realm of activity, more subtle and less noisy than the physical one, but one that is underlying and shaping your entire physical existence: the endless incidence of thoughts, mental images, feelings, emotions and motives that arises and moves in the space of your consciousness.
Dear friends, warmest greetings from the mountain in the clouds of Rajasthan!
The monsoon is late and may not come before mid August like last year and the year before. Climate change … it used to last for 3 months now it is over in 2 weeks! Yet, there is still water enough on that top of the world in the middle of dry land … God knows how.
The pictures below are from one month ago, during the spring – the seasons are different here: winter, spring, summer, monsoon, Indian spring, winter … Continue reading →