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 →
“Everybody can be great – because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve … You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When they hear about self-awareness, most people initially react saying that it sounds a bit selfish to spend so much time looking for or at your ‘self’ and exploring, understanding and caring for its needs. I do understand that: the world is already so full of selfish individuals that we definitely do not want to add more names on the list!
But there is one thing that anyone who has travelled the journey knows: when you ‘find’ yourself and become aware of who you truly are, two things happen:
One’s own dharma, though imperfect, is better than the dharma of another well discharged.
One of the greatest obstacles that stops us from being in harmony with ourselves and release our true potential is the attempt to fit in a predetermined mould that society has taught us to believe is ‘the’ set of beliefs, attitudes, tastes and behaviours we need to adopt in order to belong.
“What would we be without an ego, a self? Perhaps we would be divine” ~ Vimala Thakar
Have you ever tried to look ‘inside’ yourself? If you have, you probably came across a mixture of positive traits of character and unproductive habits mingling with truly praiseworthy aspirations, a crowd of valid insights about the nature and relativity of reality, and a fair amount of junk.
But as you persevered and worked to disentangle the threads, you probably ended up meeting with a genuine inner goodness of being or spontaneous aspiration for being good, feeling good and wanting to do good. Everyone has it although not everyone shares the same idea of what ‘good’ means to them.
You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past. ~ Richard Bach
My first spiritual teacher was a Chilean filmmaker, writer, healer and expert in Tarot, a Western equivalent to the Chinese book of wisdom under the appearance of a cards pack that people use to predict the future. I was 21 and would attend his weekly talks – the ‘mystic cabaret’ – in Paris. They were a delightful blend of inspired improvisations, thought provoking and reality-altering insights on applied spirituality, free dive explorations of the nature of consciousness and its relationship with life, body, matter and other dimensions of being – above all, it was great fun.