Posted in Inspiration

May the blessings of Autumn be upon you

I like this meaningful quote:

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus

I also like this inspiring quote:

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~Emily Bronte

I think autumn is a special season in its own right. Albert Camus also has an eye for beauty by noting that every leaf in autumn is a flower as it changes colour from green to orange, red or yellow. Such leaves that flutter from the autumn tree are like confetti showering bliss around us. I believe as we enter into the autumn season, we also experience more of the bliss and poetry that this season has to offer. It adds a new dimension to the photographic experience too, for those on a photo-journey in the temperate regions in the northern hemisphere.

“Fall has arrived! Behold the changing leaves, and enjoy the crisp breeze. Let your eyes take in the bursts of color.” ~Unknown

Autumn commemorates my time with my bosom friend together, amidst the changing leaves and crisp breezes, as our eyes take in the burst of colour and celebration.

“There is no season in all the year so beautiful, so radiant with glory, as the early autumn. There is no time when the human soul drinks in so fully the glory and beauty of nature… We do not understand the secret of this principle, yet we know that it is some law of the infinite mind.”
~from the Northern Advocate~

Yes, the secret of the principle of the early autumn that is so beautiful and radiant with glory is like a mystery, which is testimony of some law of the infinite mind. I would like to believe that the same infinite mind resides in us, and is able to resonate with the beauty and radiance of the mysterious nature of the seasons we experience. May the blessings of Autumn be upon you.

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Posted in Inspiration, Nature

Thoughts on “Alone in the wild”

I have watched the first half hour of the video on “Alone in the wild” earlier this morning, having gone through the first three 10-minute segments of the video series, and I find it intriguing. I can relate to some aspects of the adventurer’s experiences because when I was a child, I also dreamt of exploring the wilderness around the world. I also have read a few books written by Nature explorers and adventurers while I was growing up, and I learnt that while they enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of the natural scenery in places such as mountains and forests, they also had to learn how to cope with their own survival and well-being, especially for those travelling all by themselves. Being far away from human civilisation and coping with loneliness in the big wilderness out there for many days can be a big psychological challenge at times. In comparison, my own solo night camp in the rainforest in Pulau Ubin during my junior college days is nothing compared to what these adventurers have undergone. Besides, I’ve become very much a city dweller by now, and I’m not sure if I could adapt to that kind of rigour in surviving in the wilderness for a long period of time, though the spirit of wanderlust and adventure still resides in my heart. I still love to go hiking and do nature photography wherever and whenever I can or am inspired to these days.

Someone commented in YouTube that boiling a fish keeps nutrients in the water. I guess he could make fish soup too. I then googled about how to scale and gut a fish as I am curious to know how this is done. I guess I can apply such knowledge if/when I get to cook a fish or go fishing in the wild in future.

I admire the adventurer for being real and honest in showing how he was dealing with the physical and psychological challenges in living in the wilderness. He’s an inspiration, and I take my hat off to him for surviving for 50 days in that kind of tough environment.

Posted in Gender issues, Philosophy

Feminism is about equal rights

I agree with the balanced view presented by the speaker, in that everyone has equal rights, both men and women. I suppose some feminist movements went to the other extreme by hating men and treating the opposite gender as inferior. So, it all boils down to having a basic respect for all peoples and not putting down one another, regardless of gender.

Posted in Inspiration

A couple of awesome quotes

Who idolizes you will crucify you. Whom you idolize you will crucify. Remain equal to all and you will empower yourself and others. ~Alan Cohen

Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other. ~Vera Nazarian

I googled about the above writers to know more about their backgrounds, and learnt that Alan Colen is an inspirational writer and Vera Nazarian is a fantasy and science fiction writer.

I agree with Alan Colen’s quote about the equality of humankind and treating one another as equal. I think the society and mass media tends to segregate or discriminate people based on social class, accomplishments, and so on, which is problematic as it gives an illusion that some people are more important than others. Yet a superstar is just as valuable and worthy as a common man or woman on the street, so to speak. I guess when people idolise a perceived great man or woman, they may end up crucifying him or her when they see his or her weaknesses or failures, not recognising that the person whom they idolise is just as human as they are. So, like what Alan Cohen says, when people remain equal to all, they empower themselves and others. They can see one another as royal kings and queens, regardless of differences in age or social standing or any other external factor.

And yes, like what Vera Nazarian said, it matters not who stumbles first. Everyone stumbles at one time or another anyway, and whoever gets up first can help others get up too, as we are all here to love and serve one another. Our stumbling enables us to empathise with others in their stumbles, and vice versa. When people help one another to get up from their stumbles, it becomes an upward stumbling, so to speak, as everyone grows together and climbs higher through helping and supporting one another in love.

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Thoughts on “Here’s to the crazy ones.”

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent.
They imagine.
They heal.
They explore.
They create.
They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

The above quote is inspiring. I googled about it and learnt it was written by Apple computers in the 1990s, under the instructions of their visionary Steve Jobs. It reminds me of the Wayseer Manifesto too.

I think it takes courage and conviction to not allow ourselves be conformed to the limiting mindset of the world because most of the time the society tends to expect us to toe the line. Perhaps one way to change the mindset is to change the system from the inside out, like what Steve Jobs did. Another way is to champion the cause for equality and freedom through communication channels, such as emails and blogs, which serve as alternative media, compared to the mainstream media propaganda.

Above all, perhaps the best way is to live our life in such freedom and creativity that our life itself is a bold and visible statement and presence to the rest that it is ultimately rewarding and fulfilling to be our authentic self, not bound by external rules, but motivated and ruled by our heart of compassion and vision, to heal, to inspire and to contribute to the evolution and development of the world.

Posted in Inspiration

Indebted to love in the interconnectedness of life

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depend, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. ~ Albert Einstein

This quote by Albert Einstein resonates with me about the interconnectedness of life – who I am today is shaped by the lives of countless souls. Yes, we all share a common bond of sympathy as we are expressions of the energy of love and compassion. My own happiness indeed depends on the smile and well being of others, so I am always indebted to them.

I think society often tends to focus on famous individuals’ accomplishments in history books and records, yet in actuality, credit also goes to the numerous souls behind the scenes who supported and helped them in one way or other. No one is insignificant or unimportant, and no act of kindness is too small, in the grand tapestry of life. We all have the power to make a meaningful contribution to humanity and the environment – we are more than a drop in the ocean; we are the ocean in a drop of water.

Posted in Equality, Unity and harmony

Honouring women

When I was a young boy, around primary school age, I used to go to Whampoa to visit a friend. One day, I was walking past a housing block void deck in the vicinity and I heard a loud wailing voice. I saw a teenage girl being bullied by a group of other teenagers, comprising both boys and girls. I wanted to help her, but I was scared because I was outnumbered. That incident somehow made an imprint in my mind ever since. I never forget how distressing it is to hear the cry of the oppressed. Today, women are still being oppressed and discriminated against in many places, especially in patriarchal societies and families. People need to awake and realise the power and dignity of women. We need to honour women and recognise their place as equal partners and stewards of Earth. We are co-creators and co-healers. We need the healing and caring feminine energy that is in everyone.

Feminine energy is for us all

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I like this encouraging message about discovering and harnessing the feminine energy that is in all of us. As Desmond Tutu said, our best investment is women, in order for us to see real development in the world.

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“Feminine energy is for us all, humanity’s balance to re-balance the whole. Every single soul, both Men and Women benefit from allowing feminine power. As WOMAN (Wow-man!) her mission is NOT to enhance the masculine spirit, but to EXPRESS THE FEMININE; to gently but powerfully allow history to turn to herstory, SHE is not here to preserve a man-made world, SHE MUST be a part of CREATING A HUMAN WORLD. ~ Love Lea ♥ Attitude Goddess ♥”

Yes, it is time (and it is always time) for the world to shake free from the shackles of the patriarchal mindset and recognise the divine feminine in each person and realise her power to transform the world into a better, more humane and caring place.

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Rob Bell – Death by Paper Cuts – Poets/Prophets/Preachers #5

 

I have listened to Rob Bell’s message for the first half hour so far. I suppose he was sharing about his experience as a leader when he would hear/receive all kinds of feedback and comments and rumours about himself from various people, and being human, he would understandably have had moments when he felt bothered by these accumulated comments (which he described as “paper cuts”), even though he knew he was bigger than that and could choose to brush off untrue comments about him. He shared that he didn’t like to be analysed by people (though having a high public profile, it is quite inevitable).

I agree with the wisdom he shared about having/drawing an appropriate boundary between oneself and those people who are toxic, for his own well-being’s sake. It is, after all, one thing to forgive and recognise that some people are living in a different paradigm from himself as we are all on different journeys, and another thing to allow himself to be hurt by untrue/toxic comments from other people, and so he needs to distance himself from these people. So that’s my understanding of his message so far.

Update

I have finished listening to the rest of the video on Rob Bell’s message. I think it is a balanced and sensitive approach to the subject on forgiveness, as in acknowledging and embracing the pain and suffering involved in forgiving others, as a way to transform the feeling of death to resurrection life, and at the same time, to not allowing ourselves to be hurt further by the toxic and divisive behaviour of other people, who “know not what they were doing”.

 

Posted in Psychology

Thoughts on “Evolve your brain”

“A break in our routine – whether a two-week trip or another alteration of our daily life – can sometimes prompt this type of perspective shift. Most people who go on vacation will vouch that by being out of their environment, they can get a greater sense of perspective. Mental rehearsal is another type of escape from the enslavement of environmental priming. Going within to rehearse provides us with the type of perspective alteration that is a necessary precursor of truly evolving our brain and behaviour. When we rehearse long enough, we will produce a deeper change that occurs at a deeper level of consciousness.”

(Pages 447-448, “Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind” by Joe Dispenza)

I have returned the book “Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind” by Dr Joe Dispenza earlier to the library after skimming through it. I roughly have an idea of the gist of his book, and the main idea of rehearsing and reinforcing positive and empowering thought patterns to override past mental conditioning (from society, family, religion, etc) and develop a deeper change in my deeper consciousness resonates with me. It is like embracing a new day as we accept our new self – beloved, innocent, magnificent, whole and creative – and revel in our new way of thinking, which is reminiscent of the title of the recent video message by Carlton Pearson.

The following excerpts from his book also resonate with me.

Eg adopting attitude of gratitude

“The brain doesn’t discriminate among thoughts on the neurological level.
Positive attitudes are as easy to construct as negative ones.

We take the negative states of mind that we’ve inherited from our parents and other ancestors, and we reproduce them. We then reinforce those states of mind, based on our own prior experiences.

…..

Could it be, for example, that our brain is organised to perceive injustices directed against us? Might this have happened because we inherited from our parents, and then heard while growing up, constant reinforcement of the idea of persecution and incessant replay of life’s unfair events? If so, then we aren’t able to perceive the opposite situation. We lack the receptors for fairness, and no matter what we do, we won’t perceive a situation as anything but unfair. Clearly, how we perceive and respond to the environment is intrinsically linked to our habits of being and our state of mind on a most non declarative level.”
(Pages 450-451)

“It is not enough to put little time and effort into changing the mind. We must become that mind until it is natural and easy to express the new self. This is when doors open to novel and unexplainable possibilities.

In order to evolve our brain, we have to transform thoughts and memories from explicit to implicit, so that all systems are now influenced by mind. By being one with any concept, we know how to create that particular state of mind. And according to our understanding of implicit memories, perhaps enlightenment simply knowing that we know.

Even if we cannot accept this new paradigm, we must admit that by changing our mind and our state of being, we will make a host of different choices that we would never have made when living as the old self. When we demonstrate a new expression of self, we will think and act in new ways. By being a more evolved aspect of self, as one choice then leads to another, over time we will find ourselves in a new life with new circumstances. That is a new reality. That is human evolution in its truest sense. It’s that simple.”

(From Epilogue, “Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind” by Joe Dispenza)

Posted in Mythology, Philosophy, Religious fundamentalism

Beyond clothes and the bible

We all have the prerogative to wear what we like and we are not to be blamed for whether or how others are provoked by our dressing. As the saying goes, “to the pure, all things are pure.” If a man judges a woman by the way she wears clothes, he is only projecting his own bias and prejudices onto her, and ultimately he is judging himself. It is therefore not her problem but his to resolve. Society and religion have been trying to dictate people’s lives, and the idea of wearing clothes to conform to certain norms and expectations is just one way of controlling people.

Clothes, of course, has its basic functions such as protecting us from the elements of weather when it is cold, for example, but clothes, to me, are never to be equated with so-called morality or decency, which is a subjective manmade mental or ideological construct. Animals don’t wear clothes, neither do plants, yet both are often more evolved than some humans who are small-minded and judgmental. It all boils down to love and compassion, and this intrinsic value of our being has nothing to do with whether we wear clothes and how we wear clothes. We all came into this world naked and innocent, pure and blameless and unashamed, and I think that itself is a powerful statement of who we really are.

As for the bible, I can see how it has been used by religious establishments to create divisions, control and enslave people and condemn those who are different or think differently because it has been mainly written by people who projected their own ego (or shadow self) onto their god. When taken as a literal book, I have no respect for it. To me, it only has value when it is seen as an allegory that reveals some universal truths such as our true identity, divine oneness, unconditional love and hope, which are not confined to any particular book or religion or belief system.

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