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“I believe that we live at a very crucial moment in humanity’s transformation and I want you to move beyond the old paradigm and discover your power, your freedom.
I believe we are at a point of such transformation that we can no longer wait for someone else, or something else. I believe that we are creators and that everyone here is equal and part of that creation. I believe that God doesn’t live somewhere outside, that the Divine, meaning intelligence, freedom, is everywhere. You, me, we are connected.
I believe that we have to put things into practice. We can’t just sit and watch television or watch life, or watch a relationship and hope it gets better or wait for it to change.
I challenge you to step away from the sofa, where it is comfortable to watch TV, and to participate. It is a wonderful thing when we realize that we have this power, which is not of the ego, but is wisdom.”
This is an excerpt from The Upinshads – translated by Eknath Easwaran. You can look this up on a search engine to gain a background. It’s an ancient Indian text/philosphy. Well worth a read.
“As a person acts, so he becomes in life. Those who do good become good; those who do harm become bad.
Good deeds make one pure; bad deeds make you impure.
You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
I was talking to my friend Ike the other day. We were having one of those long philosophical talks about life in general. We started talking about our spiritual journeys and how we all need to grow and that we’re not here for nothing…there is a purpose to all of our lives as individuals. He then went on to say something on the lines of ” I really don’t understand why (generalising) when people have children, they put their own spiritual growth on the side pretty much as soon as they know a baby is coming and fully focus on that child.” The laws of the Universe will always tell you that you have to nourish yourself before you can love or nourish anyone else. We talked about how this can have a detrimental effect on everything because you are not focussed and in tune as you would be if you were on the path of spiritual growth.
So if you are a parent/guardian with responsibility over a child, even if you take out 15-30 minutes per day, make sure you do something for you. whether thats some really deep breathing/meditation or joining a class that you have always wanted to or just reading a good trashy novel. Dont forget to do what makes you happy. Your family will all benefit from it.
And don’t feel any guilt – you are allowed to have time for you.
I went to a talk at the Global Retreat Centre earlier this week presented by a lovely woman, Brigitte from the Brahma Kumaris.
One thing she said that really hit home for me was that whatever you go though in life, if you don’t absorb it and accept it, it will almost certainly be detrimental to you. Your not willing to accept this thing will create emotions which will lead to a series of though patterns which will lead to your reality. So from now, I am going to try and just accept whatever happens.
Brigitte also talked about watching your thought patterns – observing them from the outside and judging whether they are coming from the real you or your ego.
I personally find these talks fantastic and I always come away a little wiser and calmer. I would recommend these to anyone and everyone. The Brahma Kumaris is by far one of the most wonderful, giving organisations I have ever come across. many times when I have not been right, I have gone to one of these and it has put things into perspective for me. Also the fact that they don’t charge makes this service accessible to all – which I think is so great. There are way too many organisations that have great courses and workshops on enhancing ourself but they can charge hundreds of pounds which immediately limits their audience.
I would highly recommend this talk to anyone. I’ll be there.
Experiencing Inner Power & Protection Series
Build Resilience, Focus Your Mind, Relax Your Heart
A conversation and experiential evening with Manda Patel and Mike George
Every day, people rely on their inner strength and courage to make difficult choices in life, perhaps finding an experience of strength and protection that is beyond their perceived capacity.
How do we harness this inner strength? What effect do these experiences have on our own lives and the lives of those around us? Can some of these experiences be attributed to Divine protection? If so, how do we access it?
Mike George is an author, motivational speaker and teacher of meditation and spiritual development for over 20 years. His publications include Learn to Relax, The 7 AHA’s of Highly Enlightened Souls, In the Light of Meditation and Don’t Get Mad Get Wise.
Manda Patel Director of the Global Retreat Centre in Oxford, began her spiritual studies in London 27 years ago and has since become a well known figure on the world speaker’s circuit where she lectures on values and spiritual development in everyday life.
Thursday 24 Sep 7:30 to 9:00pm
At The Global Retreat Centre
The Global Retreat Centre
Nuneham Park, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxford, OX44 9PG
T: 01865 343551, F: 01865 343576
The Gift Of Peace is a small book published by the Brahma Kumaris that will cost you £2.00. The book was written by on of the long serving students and teacher of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University just after he visited New York 3 weeks after September 11th 2001. It is a fantastic collection of thoughts, sayings and advice on how to be peaceful and happy.
Here is one excerpt that hit home for me:
Circumstances are like objects. They are not alive; you bring life to them.
The positive is more powerful than the negative. The positive is innate. The negative indicates what is missing inside you. Light exists and its absence is darkness.
Never forget you are a human being who can decide the attitude you take in life.
You have an enourmous positive inner potential still to be discovered. these thoughts will help you face any circumstance in life with a different perspective.
This resonates a lot of truth for me when I sit back and think about it.