Posted in Inspiration

Wisdom of a child who loves the simplicity of life

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“From heaven’s perspective, a child who loves the simplicity of life is wiser than a man who loves the complexity of information and knowledge.”
– Mick Mooney

“Unless you become like little children, you can’t see the kingdom of Heaven” ~ Said a man from judean desert 2000 years ago.

I have always believed in being forever young at heart and the verse about becoming like little children and seeing the kingdom of heaven is one of my favourite verses by the man from the Judean desert 2,000 years ago. As an adult, I have much to learn from little children if I want to stay in touch with my inner child, such as appreciating the simplicity of life and being open to questions and mysteries of Nature/Universe with wonder and awe. Somehow, this reminds me that research has shown babies and little children laugh more than adults daily.

“He’s found that babies laugh 300 times a day, while adults laugh only 20 times.”
(From “In the lab with the world’s leading laugh scientist“)

The amazing thing perhaps is that babies and little children don’t need to learn to laugh or appreciate the simplicity of life – they just do and be who they are. I think the older I get, the more I need to unlearn from the conditionings I received from society, religion, etc and the more I need to learn from little children.

Like what Mick Mooney’s quote says, adults tend to be encumbered by complexity but wisdom is shown by a child who embraces simplicity. Religion particularly tends to complicate life with doctrines/dogma, rules, rituals, obligations and regulations. I like this quote.

Shunryu Suzuki famously said “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”
(From “13 communication and life tips that children teach us“)

Yes, it seems organised religions have caused people to close their mind from possibilities and settle for certainties. No wonder Jesus said to the teachers of the law that they cannot see the kingdom of heaven unless they become like little children (and be open to possibilities and appreciate the mysteries of life with awe and wonder, such as the mystery of Christ in us the hope of glory and the mystery of the kingdom – innocence, peace and joy within us).

May the year 2013 be a year of phenomenal ecstatic joy!

Posted in Equality, Freedom, Identity, Love, Peace, Rest, Unity and harmony

Piscean Age and Aquarian Age

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I came across this interesting quick-reference chart that compares between Piscean and Aquarian ages.

Piscean age                                         Aquarian age

Duality – right and wrong                     Unity – Oneness

Competition                                              Cooperation

Motivated by fear                                     Motivated by Greater Good (Love)

Separation                                                 Connection/Synthesis

(insanity of the ego)                                 (me – local/global)

Focus on differences                                Focus on uniqueness

(categorise – label)                                    (see the gift of each person)

Scarcity                                                        Abundance

Intellectual – the mind                            Intuitive

Dependence on authority                        Personal responsibility

(Victim consciousness – child)               (Spiritual adulthood)

Slave to the senses                                    Spirit prevails over the material

Go and Get it                                              Sit in You and Attract

(work harder/work smarter)                   everything you need

I find that the quick reference chart that compares between Pisces and Aquarian ages mostly resonates with me, especially the excerpt I have typed out above. For example, as we move into the dawn of the Aquarian age in 2012, so to speak, we are seeing more awareness of our oneness and unity, instead of duality and illusion of separation. We are also becoming more aware of abundance, instead of scarcity (as propagated by the old world monetary economic system).

As more and more of us are leaving organised religions and dismissing fear-based doctrines, we are learning to be motivated and led by love within. We are also taking personal responsibility instead of depending on authority. Those who want to remain in the old world mindset that belongs to the Piscean age in order to hold on to power, control and money through fear, manipulation and greed will not have an easy time in future because more and more of us are awakening to the divinity and abundance in ourselves.

Last but not least, yes, our spirit prevails over the material realm and no longer goes by the five senses. We are learning to be still and know we are God/Goddess, and remain in peace, and we will attract everything that we need. When we rest in our true identity, we will be able to follow our intuition closely and make wise decisions in life.

“The Aquarian Shift” – J. Walker

Video information

The Aquarian Shift has been called by many the first “New Age Rap Song”. J.Walker is an emcee who has always lived life metaphysically minded. When presented Eric Rankin’s novel “The Aquarians”, J.Walker wrote a song which speaks to the hope, magic and synchronicity which fills the book and many of the mapmakers in today’s world.

The Aquarian Shift explores the possibility that the end of the Mayan Calendar is the beginning of a new consciousness. December 21, 2012 is not the end of the world but the beginning of a new reality, one where we will focus on peace and love, one where imagination and creativity will be valued more than ever, one where the old ways of the Pisces age take a back seat to the Aquarian energy.

Posted in Identity, Inspiration, Psychology

“We are always creating”

“We are always creating. Whatever a person’s mind dwells on intensely and with firm resolve, that is exactly what he becomes.”
Shankaracharya

Yes, I have come to realise we are powerful co-creators because not only we become what we think intensely about, we also create our own reality of the world around us. I think while our innate identity is unchangeable (for example, it can be said we are children of God/Divine Love/Universe), we can become what we think or believe we are.

For example, if our mind dwells on intensely and with firm resolve that we are a christian/buddhist/hindu/etc, we will take on that identity that we have created for ourselves. This form of external identity may change or evolve over time according to our theology or perception (based on how a christian/buddhist/hindu etc is supposed to believe and behave). I think it applies to other areas of life, as we take on different roles in life, such as writer, speaker, supporter, leader, etc, and we may become what we focus intensely on (in terms of whether we are capable, resourceful, etc).

So, given that our mind is so powerful, it matters a lot that we focus on positive and empowering thoughts about ourselves. I like this similar quote too:

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.”
Buddha

Posted in Identity, Inspiration, Psychology

“How to Boost Your Confidence—You Are Worthy…Time to Fly!” by Ralph Smart

I can relate to Ralph Smart’s sharings in the video, such as how to find courage to make videos when we are (initially) shy and are worried about what others may think about us. I agree that one way to boost our confidence is to realise we are worthy, and let go of society’s expectations. Yes, we can learn to be happy with our (perfect) imperfections because there is nothing wrong with us. Like what he shared, whenever we allow someone else to give us value, we lose confidence, so to build confidence in ourselves is to love and trust ourselves for who we are uniquely and truly. I also agree that we have to give ourselves value every day because it can be difficult living in a performance-based world that depends on others to give their approval (in school, at workplace, etc), so we have to create our own world.

He also shared that sometimes he reflected on his own video and wondered whether he should have said something else, and he realises when people can resonate with his video, that is great, but if not, that is ok with him. Indeed, our perception of ourselves is what really matters because it is what shapes and governs our reality. I agree we all have to let go even of labels we used to give ourselves (based on what others think), and we need to discover our inner greatness, which is key to building our confidence.

And yes, it is an ongoing process. As he put it, freedom is when we have nothing to lose, and follow our own path and listen to our inner voice and go with our own intuition and our own affirmation, instead of always going by what others say. I also learnt that 90% of communication is non-verbal, as our body never lies, which is our body language. The way we carry ourselves, the way we dress, the way we keep our heads up are the secret of body language. It also helps to be around the “right” people and connect with people who can build us up, and help fulfill our dreams. Yes, going back to Nature can also restore our energy and refresh our spirit, as we breathe in fresh air and reconnect with Mother Earth. Finally, I learnt that when we eat more plant-based foods instead of processed foods that contain no (or little) enzymes, we can experience more life and develop more confidence.

All in all, I find this message useful as a reminder to love ourselves and realise we are living in a beautiful universe (that we co-create). We can learn to live in the now and experience the power of now, so that we can enjoy life and stay well and healthy.

Posted in Freedom, Love

Beauty and Love: A short meditation on a quote by Kahlil Gibran

Follow only Beauty
and Obey only LOVE.
~Kahlil Gibran

Yes, beauty is our guiding principle and love is our true master. Organised religions tend to mask the beauty with rituals to follow, and replace love with rules to obey. But we are not designed to follow rituals and obey rules because freedom is our birthright. We are made to follow beauty and obey love. Beauty is the truth of who we are and love is our true nature. When we follow only beauty, we will obey only love, and we will live a fulfilling life of living loved and loving others.

മലയാളം: Its the symbol of love and beauty.
മലയാളം: Its the symbol of love and beauty. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted in Identity

“Name” – Rob Bell

I agree with Rob Bell on the need to find our true self or identity and be comfortable with who we really are, and not what others try to make us to be. Our true identity isn’t defined by external factors, such as the country of origin, or the occupation we work in, and so on. Who we really are is based on our unchangeable source from which/whom we came. I would say we are Love, and our true name is Beloved.

I remember writing a blog called “Putting on Christ” some time ago, in which I wrote: I learnt that to “put on Christ” is to be conscious of our true identity in Him. It is not so much like a physical act of putting on the robe of righteousness, as it is to adopt the mindset that we are already made righteous and innocent and blameless in His image – this is our original identity.

I think this message is a good reminder for us to embrace ourselves by coming to terms with who we are, knowing that we need not always follow others’ expectations of us or live our life according to the expectations of others, whether they are authority figures or family members, and so on. This will ensure we will not lose sight of our hopes and dreams. Otherwise when we think we fall short of others’ scripted story for us, we tend to feel guilty for failing them.

As Rob Bell said, each of us is meant to work out our own salvation, as we need to save ourselves from all the time we haven’t been our true self when we tried to be someone else. Others have their own paths, and we have our own paths. The struggle of Jacob is the struggle of all of us in coming to terms with who we are. And just as Jesus invited Peter to follow him instead of comparing himself with John, he invites us to be our true self and not compare ourselves with others or measure our life with others’ or envy them. I agree we can own our story, and answer the question “What is your name?”, as our name signifies who we are. Yes, may we discover our true self, and find the unique path for ourselves, and be comfortable in our own skins.

Posted in Identity, Psychology

Celebrating ourselves for who we are

“People who worship idols (stars/celebrities, professional athletes) are people who don’t like themselves, so what they do is live vicariously through other people. When you get to the point when you start loving yourself and focusing on yourself, you will stop worshiping idols, start working on yourself and enjoying YOUR life.” ~ Jason Hairston

Regarding Jason Hairston’s insightful quote, I think there is some truth in that people who worship idols, such as stars/celebrities and professional athletes, tend to lack self-love to some extent, especially if they let their own lives revolve around their idols and think they can never measure up to their idols in terms of talents or abilities or spirituality (if their idols are pastors or worship leaders or singers in the institutional church). For some reasons, people who regularly appear on stage or on-screen seem to be larger than life, and it is perhaps understandable that the audience would have an impression that they are more special than others since they are in the spotlight or limelight and are popular or famous, forgetting that everyone is equally special and precious.

I think that while there is a place for admiration and reverence for people who are well-known and respected in their own fields, worshipping them as  idols is another thing altogether, as it tends to cause people to lose sight of their own self-worth and value (as well as forgetting that their idols are also humans who have their own ups and downs and strengths and weaknesses in life). As pointed out by Jason Hairston, when we get to the point when we start loving ourselves and focusing on ourselves, we will stop worshipping idols and start working on ourselves and enjoying our lives.

Yes, we can see ourselves as our own celebrities because we can celebrate ourselves for who we are, uniquely and authentically. We can worship (“worthship”) ourselves because we are worthy and valuable as beloved sons and daughters of God, made in his/her/its divine image and likeness. From that revelation, we can find fulfilment in our lives by loving ourselves and loving others the same way.

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‎”Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others.
Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.” ~ Margo Anand
Posted in Peace, Unity and harmony

2012 – A message of hope II (2)

Here’s sharing a video I came across recently which I found to have a hopeful message.

In the video, Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “the field is the sole governing agency of the particle”, and it was explained that this refers to the energy field in quantum physics that connects all things. Incidentally, Gregg Braden was then shown to be saying that we can speak a meaningful, non-verbal language to this field, which is similar to his message in the video on his new book “The spontaneous healing of belief – shattering the paradigm of false limits”.

Some parts of the above video seem familiar, and I think it may have watched a similar 2012 awakening video that was made along similar lines. I like the message in the video, such as “the power of many hearts in a state of unity have the awesome potential to bring peace to our planet.” I think this is possible only or mainly when more people practise meditation and deep breathing. It reminds me of what I read in the book preview of “The Silence of the Heart: Reflections of the Christ Mind – Part II” recently by Paul Ferrini.

“Take a deep breath and relax. Now take another one. Breathe and return to the heart. Breathe and return to your essential Self.

Unless you return to the heart, you cannot see with compassion. And one who does not see with compassion does not see accurately. All that is perceived is a fabrication, a hyperbole. It simply feeds your boredom or anxiety.

Breathing is the key to living a spiritual life in physical embodiment.

If you want to lead a spiritual life breathe deeply and slowly. … One who breathes is not afraid or overwhelmed by what life presents because he or she has the energy to meet all circumstances.”

(From “The Silence of the Heart: Reflections of the Christ Mind – Part II” by Paul Ferrini)

Added thoughts (21 December 2012)

I managed to trace the video I have watched that contains the above scenes. It is called “Sacred knowledge of vibrations and the power of human emotions“.

Posted in Identity, Origin

Longing and belonging

“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes.”
~ Madeleine L’Engle

Like what the quote says, we are all strangers in a strange land, like visitors to this place and we are just passing through as we are here to observe, learn, grow and love, according to an Australian Aborigine proverb.

The poetry of the expression in the quote reminds me of John O’Donohue’s expression of our innate longing and belonging (to an eternal home/source/Divine/another world).

“It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you. No one else can bring you news of this inner world”
– John O’Donohue

I also learnt that the quote by Madeleine L’Engle was taken from her book “The Rock that is higher“.

“Story captures our hearts and feeds our imaginations. It reminds us who we are and where we came from. Story gives meaning and direction to our lives as we learn to see it as an affirmation of God’s love and truth–an acknowledgment of our longing for a rock in the midst of life’s wilderness.

Drawing upon her own experiences, well-known tales in literature, and selected narratives from Scripture, Madeleine L’Engle gently leads the way into the glorious world of story in The Rock That Is Higher. Here she acknowledges universal human longings and considers how literature, Scripture, personal stories, and life experiences all point us toward our true home.”

Posted in Love, Unity and harmony

Thoughts on “2012: The Great Shift—The Hidden Comes to Light…Love or Fear”

I have listened to this recent message by Ralph Smart about “2012: The Great Shift—The Hidden Comes to Light…Love or Fear”, and many of the things he shared is in alignment with what I have personally believed. For example, while the year 2012 may be a significant year to many people in terms of a Great Shift going on, marked by the expansion of universal consciousness on the planet whereby people are going within and connecting with kindred spirit, it is in and of itself not really different from 2000 or 2050 because ultimately we are beyond time as we are infinite beings and part of the fabric of a timeless and self-existing Universe/Nature. We are the past, present and future, as he put it.

I am realising that 2012 can be used as a tool or instrument for human beings to move towards a global awakening of our oneness with Divine Love and with one another, and at the same time, it has been “hijacked” by mass media (such as Hollywood) to propagate visions of physical destruction of the world to spread fear because fear can be used as a money-making machine. So 2012 can be seen as a neutral year – neither good nor bad – and it depends on how people see it and use it for their own purposes.

As he has shared, the apocalypse in the Greek means “uncovering hidden” and “removing the veil”, and I agree many of us are indeed coming to realise we have been living in an old world system that is a lie, and we are awakening and creating a new world – that we came here to discover who we are, and to live in abundance and freedom and celebrate the gift of the present moment.