Presence

Be mindful of the silent voice of ‘I’ness inside and recognise its tune.

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Mindfulness is a sense of Presence in Space leading to a centre of Awareness that is ‘I’: a core of warm radiance, a light force that has the power to move the worlds.

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You Are

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If you have not found that which is timeless or formless in yourself, then nothing that you manifest will satisfy yourself. ~ Eckhart Tolle

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Sit still and do nothing for a few moments.

Temporarily let go of responsibilities, interests and concerns … relax into being.

Ask … who am I?

Watch the answers changing … let go

Let go

Answers are non important – your question is.

Ask … who is the questioner?

The self that we are is something complex, deep, mysterious and … confusing at times. There are so many thought forms living inside our head; so many people sharing the space of our heart; so many reflections of past and future glories or dreads agitating the substance of our minds; so many possibilities to our soul.

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Goodness

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“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.

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Beating the fortune teller

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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.

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Goodness, Inner Power and Personal Effectiveness

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The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. ~ Ann Landers

Character is a blend of acquired habits and original patterns of behaviour originating from a core of identity or ‘seed’ that contains the blueprint of our life. It is the program that initiates the spontaneous unfolding of your life – whether that unfolding is a harmonious spiral of growth or an ungracious struggle.

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Self Mastery

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“There is a gap or a space between stimulus and response, and the key to both our growth and happiness is how we use that space.” ~ Stephen R. Covey

We all know the contrast that exists between what we are and what we aspire to become; between the self we know when we are alone and connected with our own soul and the self we manage to express in our daily interactions with an unruly and challenging world. All the problems we experience at a personal level, from stress to interpersonal conflict, arise from that difference.

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Character

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“Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value” – Albert Einstein

For centuries, in almost every cultures of the world, character used to be considered the most valued thing an individual can possess. Today, it is relegated at the bottom of our priority list because we give more importance to technology and consumerism rather than to the goodness and delight of our own humaneness. Continue reading “Character”

Being Alive

 

 

“Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

Although many do not really believe it is possible to achieve, most people seek happiness and wish to live peaceful, secure and contented lives. Yet, the reality is that an incredibly high – and increasing – number of people never come anywhere near to that. Continue reading “Being Alive”

Self Awareness … why?

 

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” ~ Emily Dickinson

The journey of self-discovery has fascinated men since the dawn of history and occupied some of the greatest minds of mankind – and this is for a number of very good reasons. Continue reading “Self Awareness … why?”

Good Morning!

time and perception

 

 

Good morning, when told any time of the day, is something that always make people smile – sometimes after an initial frown …

We started that weird habit in our centre in Hanoi where we were offering free workshops in self-awareness, character development and life skills to students and young professional. We would open seminars and evening classes with a bright ‘good morning!’ both to catch people’s attention but also to make a point – and many times did we find this ‘Good morning’ in answer to the question ‘what did you like best about the seminar’ in our feedback forms.
So, what is time, really? We speak of time as something objective but it is not and there are actually several kinds of ‘time’.  Continue reading “Good Morning!”