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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.
So much of this made sense to me. I am going to try Mike’s recommendation on living at the centre of the wheel. I hope I’m patient enough to see the results. I really support Mike’s work. The more I read, the more sense it all seems to make. I guess he is at the right level as a Teacher for me personally to learn. He is certainly thought provoking for me but with lots of agreement.
Here is an excerpt but as always…..
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE
Return to the Centre
From the mysteries of time (last week) comes the conundrum of life. Do we journey through life or does life journey through us? Or both. Are you the driver or the hitchhiker? Or both. Are you the traveller or the witness? Or both. Are you on the stage or in the audience? Or both. Do YOU move or are you moved? Or neither!
Such questions have plagued the intellects of philosophers and mystics for centuries. Today, few of us have little time for such self-indulgent naval gazing reflections, (!) busy as we are with more important matters such as the price of a house, the latest score in the cricket and the weather for the weekend! And yet many of us often feel an ache in our soul which, when examined, reveals a desire to know the answers to such deep and profoundly significant questions, if perhaps phrased in slightly different ways.
If you do stop to look, to understand, to ‘stand under’ the idea of what it means to live, you may begin to sense all is not what it appears to be, all is not what you have been taught to see, all is not as real as you were led to believe.
Reconnect To Your Wellbeing
Monday 17 August : Lyceum Theatre
This venue holds 2,100 people and is the perfect opportunity to bring your family and friends as there will be space for everyone. Don’t forget to register.
Your mindset is the key! Attitudes, perceptions, habits & beliefs create your mindset. It shapes the way you think, feel & act. Is your mindset limiting or empowering you?
Rethink challenges: approach them with inner strength and self-confidence
Rethink problems: see them as opportunities
Rethink being busy: be productive by staying calm, centred and focused
Rethink worry & fear: maintain peace of mind
In times of change, you need to flex, adapt and rethink, or get left behind. When you rethink your mindset, you can reconnect with your well-being.
Reconnect to your well-being & you’ll recapture your natural rhythm, vitality & resilience.
Join us for a blend of stimulating insights, meditation & experience with Dadi Janki. On stage with Dadi is Sister Jayanti; between them they hold 114 years of meditation practice.
Speaker: At 93 years of age, Dadi Janki, is a woman of deep wisdom, boundless energy and profound presence. She travels the world engaging & empowering individuals.
Date: 17/08/2009 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7RQ
To register for this event click here
All lectures and courses are FREE of Charge
All of what Mike George says makes complete sense to me. Everytime I read something of his, I gain a deeper understanding. This particular article is great. This is what we need to teach our young and old. Here is a little taster. The full document is ATTACHED HERE.
Comparing ourselves with others is a deep and often subtle conditioning in a world where ‘people watching’ has become, for many, a daily obsession. As we watch, we compare, as we compare, we desire, and as we desire we lose our ability to be content with where we are and what we have. Someone else’s life always look better than ‘my life’, someone else’s success always seems much greater than any success I may achieve and someone else’s future always seems to look much rosier than my future. These thought patterns are fatal to our well-being and over time can paralyse our ability to think clearly for ourselves.
All you need to do to get this FREE and lovely information is to go to Mike’s website and sign up for his newsletter.
I am staying in my childhood home because my Mum has pulled her sciatic nerve. She is in loads of pain and I have come over to stay and look after her. We have been talking lots about all sorts of things.
One thing she said was that she doesn’t like the house I live in. It’s too simple. She said “how could you leave this beautiful home with large rooms and this that is nicely decorated for where you live?” (This originates from the point that in my Mum’s opinion, Indian girls should not leave the family home until they are married. My three sisters didn’t so I shouldn’t. She says these things all the time to hope that I will come back but I cannot. I cannot live my life in a box where I am trying to get out. It’s not me. I need to be free. I have explained this to her but I don’t think she get’s it.)
Anyway, before, that would have wound me up or I would have got upset.
But this time, I said to her “Mum, I don’t care for niceness and beauty. I need food and a roof and everything else is a luxury. When I die and am cremated into dust, all of this will be left behind. I am here to achieve my goals on this Earth and then go to my real home. That is my sanctuary. This is my learning place.”
I was a bit surprised that I had said this. I realised that I have matured a bit and moved up a bit further on my spiritual ladder. This was my wonderful realisation.
Materialism is a bit further down the agenda than it used to be. I have not totally given it up. For example, I love my Audi Cabriolet – don’t get too excited, it’s 12 years old! I wanted an Audi for about 15 years and anyone who knows me will tell you that I just love the engineering, aesthetics and just about everything about these cars. Earlier this year, I had a spiritually cleansing experience and a part of me debated whether or not I needed to give up my car and nice clothes and face a life of pure simplicity. I seriously considered it. But I am not ready to let go just yet. Maybe one day I will. I know full well it is just a piece of metal and if I have an accident or it gets stolen, it has gone. But whilst I have it, I really enjoy it. It brings me lots of happiness. Is that so wrong?
The Brahma Kumaris do offer great workshops that are around subjects that many people need some help in.
Being a charity, they are heavily reliant on donations so if you attend an event, please give generously so that they can continue their good work and reach out to many others.
This Self Esteem workshop will help you:
Learn simple techniques to help create sustainable self-worth and enjoy more positive and healthy relationships, with ourselves and others.
Two part seminar from 2pm to 530pm.
- Part 1 Saturday 20th June
- Part 2 Saturday 27th June
If you know anyone who can benefit, please forward this post on. Unfortunately there are too many people who really suffer from a lack of self esteem and it affects their lives hugely. This is a great chance to start looking into it. Face it and try to deal with it in order to move on and be more confident and happier in yourself.
DUE TO LIMITED SPACES, ADVANCED BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AT www.globalretreatcentre.org/retreats
I went to this stall at the Mind Body Spirit Festival on Sunday and had an amazing experience. Jyorei is a healing practice run by a wonderful organisation called Shumei.
I sat down with my Jyorei Healer, a lovely inviting woman. She explained that she was going to take me through a healing session but would not touch me at any point. I relaxed as she did her wonderful work. I could feel what she was doing – hard to explain but if you have this experience, you will know what I am talking about. At one point, I felt very emotional. She was clearing for me – releasing my negative thoughts and blockages. Freeing me so that my meridians were clear and my aura could flow with ease.
At the end, I felt a bit spaced out but different. A little later, I felt a bit lighter, fresher, more relaxed and generally more uplifted in my spirits. I could feel the benefits of the healing session I had just had. Oh and I slept wonderfully that night in a deep and relaxing sleep.
Jyorei is a means of creating happiness. Jyorei in Japanese means purification of spirit by means of the transmission of divine energy which we call light emanating from the Universe or God for the purpose of healing mind, body and spirit and is an expression of universal love for others. It is the Light that dispels the “darkness” within the soul, promoting health and spiritual development. (Taken from a leaflet produced by the organisation.)
Anyone can have this treatment and yes it is free – Auranics loved this. These great Healers offer their services free and ask for a donation as they are a charity and need to cover their operational costs. So please give what you can so that they can continue their good work. It’s a non religious holistic practice available to everyone.
The Shumei Philisophy is – WE WISH TO BRING HARMONY TO ALL HUMANKIND…TO BROADEN PEOPLE’S CONSCIOUSNESS, TO ACCEPT THAT ALL NATIONS ARE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY.
They have over 80 centre’s worldwide – click here to see if they are in your part of the world and if they are, I definitely recommend some sessions.
Their UK arm is in North London. It’s called Shinji Shumei-Kai UK and can be found at Flat 5, 25 Adamson Road, London. NW3 3HT.
This is truely beautiful work that I would not hesitate to recommend.
I have just discovered a great Buddhist website where you can download teachings and talks. They are a UK Registered Charity and reliant on donations. I made my donation and was able to download and listen to a great piece on The Five Methods of Meditation. It was filled with useful theories and information. I am not a Buddhist but I can relate to so many of their teachings. So if this is something you want more information on, take a look at Dharmachakra.
Here is a list a few of the subjects:
- Mindfulness of Reality
- Training in Wisdom
- What is Mind?
- Patience & Energy
- Meditation & Wisdom
- The Mindfullness of Breathing: Introduction & Guidance
- Getting Started in Meditation
- Cutting Away From the Old
I think Buddhism makes a lot of sense when one is exploring their own spiritual journey.