One of the greatest hindrances to us living in harmony with our environment is that we have been convinced by society that we are a separate aspect of our environment. Because of thoughts, symbols, and concepts we think that our environment does things to us and we can either choose to be a victim or […]We Are Not Separate from Our Environment
The video above presents the idea of the self, who you really are at a fundamental level, being one with the cosmos (everything there is), as well our self being identified with humanity itself. There is also the fundamental idea, which differs from our experience in everyday life, that we are something which has come […]Alan Watts: Self
If you can see it in your mind,if you can believe it in your heart,if you have the courage to speak it , if you have the courage to own it and the desire to work for it ,you can bring it into your reality . There is nothing off limits. There are no limitations! […]See it in your mind.Work it in your reality.
Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity — but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our “biography,” our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are? Without our familiar props, we are faced with just ourselves, a person we do not know, an unnerving stranger with whom we have been living all the time but we never really wanted to meet. Isn’t that why we have tried to fill every moment of time with noise and activity, however boring or trivial, to ensure that we are never left in silence with this stranger on our own? Sogyal Rinpoche The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
I believe much in this world is down to the placebo effect.. Placebo is Latin for ‘I will please’ and refers to any medical treatment that is inert (has no active properties). A placebo doesn’t have to be a pill. The placebo effect is the positive effect on a person’s health experienced after taking a […]~Placebo Effect~
“Knocking on Wood actually comes from the belief that every tree is inhabited by a spirit known as a Hamadryad or Dryad. The action of knocking was practiced by ancient priests to immediately summon this spirit to aid the Priest or Priestess in order to ward off evil or even fulfill a wish. So the next time you knock on wood, remember that you are actually Summoning the Spirits of the Tree.”
No matter what the history of our soul may be, when we are born into physicality we arrive as innocents.
We come with a mental ‘clean slate’, and with the precious gift of a physical body.
Yet, it is through other people that we learn about Life.
Family, friends, lovers, enemies, kind or unkind strangers, hostile competitors – all contribute. The ‘paint-palette of Life’ has many shades of color, from the bright peaks of joy, to the dark pains of betrayal.
And it is with reflection, with looking back, that we see how each interaction contributed to our development. An intense emotional relationship, when looked back on might be seen as a ‘near miss’ or served to move us beyond childish demands.
We can come to the point of accepting that everyone we have ever encountered ‘gave’ us something (and we to them).
Now although that ‘gift’ may have been sweet or bitter, nevertheless it was given. And sometimes the best medicines taste the most unpleasant at the time, yet they result in wholesomeness.
The great truth is that most people do do the best that they know; it’s just that they do not know very much.
So, cultivate gratitude for all relationships – even if they did not end pleasantly. Recognize the ‘gift’ they brought you – even if the result was greater discernment (i.e. “I won’t be doing that again!”).
Being grateful expands us, confers a growth in understanding and tolerance – it ennobles us.
Only a person of integrity, of spiritual nobility, knows how to be grateful. Other folk do not; they just take, take, and take. And even if they remember anything at all, it is always about the slights, the unpleasant events. When we are grateful, we become ennobled.
Some may think that this is a naïve point-of-view (a ‘gospel according to Disney’).
But it isn’t.
This is not about pretending that something didn’t happen. It is about taking the ‘bigger view’; we are all interacting, sometimes skillfully, mostly not. But there is nothing that we cannot learn from, and that – in and of itself – is a tremendously valuable gift.
Gratitude is divine – both in its nature and its direction.
Gratitude to the Ultimate Source, for the experience of physical life upon this majestic planet.
And, gratitude for the profound gift of Sentience.
For the ability to empathically experience the symphony of Life: bird-flight, whale song, an unexpected smile, sunlight, tenderness, and moonrise … ad infinitum.
The capacity to identify with the sufferings of others: mistreated animals, tortured people.
All of this is what it means to be truly ALIVE, not a mere self-absorbed ego.
On her deathbed, Dion Fortune’s last words were, “I am grateful.”
Let’s endeavor to be grateful to all those who have played a role in our lives, so far – and cultivate good will towards them, and thus gifting them with all good wishes.
May All Our Efforts Manifest in Beauty,
Rising Phoenix Foundation