A New Human Model

This week, I would like to present  my readers with a new concept of our whole human experience, or should I say a more “holistic” way of being and living.

I am reading a fascinating book: The Heart Revolution – Breakthrough for a New World by Annie Marquier, in which she offers a metaphor to help us better understand the interior dynamic of our humanity, she compares the human being with an ensemble made of a chariot, a horse, a driver (that leads the horse), and a master that sits inside the chariot. Symbolically, the chariot represents our physical body, the horse represents our emotions, the driver represents our mind and the master represents our true essence.

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The physical, mental and emotional elements form what we often call our personality or our “ego.” And the Master represents our true and transcendental essence. So lets look at each of these elements in more detail:

The Physical Body – The Chariot

Following this comparison, the state of our physical body: the chariot, depends on the maintenance given by an intelligent driver, but also depends on the way it is led by the horse. Since the state of our physical body is easily seen and measured, it can give us a clear indication of the degree of command the driver has over the entire vehicle.

The Emotions – The Horse

Interestingly enough, in the term emotion, we have the word “motion”. Our emotions determine our driving power, our strength, our capacity to act. Therefore, our emotions are a large reservoir of energy. It is the horse that has the energy to pull the entire vehicle, it is an essential element for the journey. The question is: how is this energy reservoir being used?

The Mind – The Driver

The driver: the mind, is the one that holds the thinking process and his functions are extremely important as he commands the whole vehicle. For instance, the horse responds to the thinking process of the driver and not to external circumstances, as we had originally believed. Also, the driver is the connection between the master and the ego. Ideally, the functions of the driver should be:

  1. Delivering the external information to the Master
  2. Listening to the instructions of the Master
  3. Successfully leading the horse in the right direction, according to the master’s instructions
  4. Taking intelligent care of the chariot

The Essence – The Master

The names given to this essence are as diverse as the different cultures and languages that exist, it can be called: soul, spirit, higher self, etc. Even thought the materialistic philosophy still, to this day, denies the existence of this essence, long standing traditions, the direct experience of more and more people, as well as recent scientific discoveries, are revealing its undeniable presence. The Master is the undeniable guide and the wisdom of the whole ensemble.

What is the current functioning?

The current functioning of our experience, has often denied or neglected the existence of the master and therefore has unknowingly missed its guidance, in other words: the driver has had to lead the chariot by himself, he has failed to listen to the subtle but vital instructions of the master. Up to recently, the driver had not developed a relationship with the master, in many cases he was not even aware the master was there. So the functioning of the vehicle has been very limited.

The driver does not have and will never have all the knowledge to lead the horse and the chariot in the best possible way, he needs the Master’s wisdom to do a good job. All the challenges, problems and difficulties that surround us at a personal and planetary level come directly from this lack of communication and our limited functioning as a result.

However, for the first time in our history, at least the history we can trace back to, we are closer to attaining the ideal human model, where The Master can recover its influence and authority. If we are able to truly integrate the master into our daily life, we will be approaching a great revolution of the human consciousness which in turn will allow us to create a new world for each one of us and for the humanity as a whole.

If you want to read more and discover how this fascinating human model can work for you, I encourage you to read the book, it is a revelation. But for now, I give you this article as food for thought!

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Rethinking History and Finding Where We Are

I recently came across a fascinating documentary about the evolution of human consciousness and how the heavens may be an active participant in it. As human beings we are not independent of the invisible forces in the cosmos that constantly surround us.

Most of life’s major cycles are driven by celestial motion. The spinning Earth causes night and day, activity and rest, and directly or indirectly regulates the daily drama of virtually every living creature. The second, longer motion of the Earth orbiting around the Sun causes a commensurately longer cycle and produces the seasons of the year. Plants spring forth, bloom, reach maturity and decay; fish spawn, bird migrate, animals hibernate; weather patterns and activities change, matching the effects of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. The motion of the Moon also produces cyclical effects, seen in the tides as well as in the behavior of certain plants and animals. It is worth reflecting on the fact that all these cycles are the result of celestial mechanics, although contemporary man rarely associates the cycles with their respective cosmic cause: heavenly bodies in motion.” Excerpt from Lost Star of Myth and Time by Walter Cruttenden

According to Hindu Philosophy: life in the universe is created and destroyed once every few billion years, and each life cycle has 4 ages called “yugas” that mark different stages which the earth and the consciousness of mankind goes through as a whole, and it is believed that this cycle is caused by the solar system’s motion around another star.

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Currently some astronomers and researchers are suggesting that our Sun (which is the center of our solar system) might be circling together with Sirius (also known as the Dog star). What is more interesting is that if this theory is true, it would seem that these two stars have turned a corner and are now moving towards one another. So, it could be that the motion between the Sun and Sirius may influence the stages in which humans are evolving, especially at a cosmic, spiritual, evolutionary level.

If we look at other great civilizations that preceded our times: the Mayas for instance, their calendar that supposedly “ended” in 2012, was in reality marking and ending and a new beginning. In the words of John Major Jenkins what ancient Mayans signified was the beginning of “a new world age cycle which is similar to the birth of a new cosmosmarked by a new galactic alignment.

The Ancient Egyptians believed that Sirius had a tremendous effect upon life on our planet and they were aware of the orbital dynamics of the Sirian system before 3200 BC (modern astronomy did not discover these facts until over five thousand years later, in 1862!.)

So, if the Hindu belief is right, according to the current alignment between our Sun and Sirius, The world is now in the ascending half of the cycle, in the second age or Dwapara Yuga, which began in 1900 A.D. This is really good news, as it means we are moving towards the “Golden Age” of humanity (Satya Yuga) and leaving behind the “Dark Age” (Kali Yuga.)

The rise and fall of human kind makes sense, when we think of earlier civilizations that seemed to have been far more advanced than we are at many levels. Maybe the history of the earth and of human kind is not at all linear but rather cyclical! I find all this quite fascinating, I hope you do to!

If you want to learn more about this, check out the links below.

Have a good week!

Related Resources

“Hope for the Future” with Joseph Selbie, co-author of “The Yugas” (Video)

The Great Pyramid: New Evidence and New Theories (Article)

Official website for the Book The Yugas


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The little seed of change is in you, to be planted!

Dear readers, after a long holiday break, I am back to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to receive a new and promising year!

The start of a new year is a symbolic opportunity to set new goals and let go of things that don’t serve us any more. It is also a good time for positive resolutions and setting goals. So today I would like to reflect on an important goal that is personal but also collective and that I would like to share with you, in the hopes that you will make it your goal too!

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One of my good friends posted a beautiful story on Facebook that carries a wonderful message that I want to share today:

“An anthropologist proposed a game to children of an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruits near a tree and had the children race towards the tree, he told them that whoever came first would win the whole basket.

When he gave the signal for them to run, all children held hands and ran together, so they all won the basket and then sat together to enjoy the prize.

When he asked them why they held hands and run together, if one of them could have won all the fruits, they replied: “how can one of us be happy if everyone else is sad?”

There is so much wisdom and humanity in those kids simple words!

Such a story tells me that kindness, cooperation, community, compassion, etc. is innate in our essence, in our human DNA, in our soul. However, if we are born in a society that encourages competition, separation, individuality, etc. it is likely that our upbringing will override our essence and we’ll come to believe that the only way to survive is to compete and win over others, fear takes over and makes us forget who we really are and how connected we are to every person on this planet.

I am truly convinced that the future of our planet and our race depends on our capacity to cooperate with one another, to see our commonalities as opposed to our differences, to understand that we are all one and we cannot be successful nor happy if we favor individuality over community.

There was a time, long time ago, when people worked together as a whole, when the system was such that every single person in the community had something to offer, they all belonged and had a specific role to contribute to the functioning of the whole community, regardless of their age and physical strength.

In our modern societies, we have become much more separate and isolated, our circles have become smaller and closed, we went from the large community to the extended family to the nuclear family to the individual, and little by little lost all the support and safety of the larger communities. Now, it is everyone for oneself, more or less,”the survival of the fittest (or the richest)” so to speak, and those that are not lucky to be fit enough or rich enough tend to be left behind. I am of course simplifying the concept a lot, but you probably get the idea!

We can all contribute to a better society if we realize that we have a responsibility towards everybody else, which does not mean we can fix everybody else’s life of course! I remember when I was a little girl, growing up in Latin america, I felt so bad for poor people, especially children like me that were working on the streets, I wanted to take all of them home with me… My Dad always told me we could not help every single one of them, and of course we could not.

However, we can definitely BE the change we want to see in the world, we can change the way we see the world and others, here are some simple suggestions to become more connected to those around us:

  1. Stop Competing, there is no race to win! We can stop competing with one another, which means stop comparing yourself to others, resenting others for having what you don’t, trying to be better than others, etc. We can definitely grow and be better everyday, but that does not need to include competition nor measuring up to others, we can only be a better version of ourselves, that is all we can be and that is the best we can be.
  2. Practice non-judgment and non-reaction We are often quick to react and to judge others. When we react we are just following an impulse of our own emotions that are triggered by the way we judge what others do or say; and we judge others based on our own belief system, but in reality we know very little about what others are made of, and they too are acting based on their own belief system, which is unique to each one of us. So try not to judge and not react impulsively to others, just witness them, you have nothing to prove or convince others of. If you want to say something, take a breath first and make sure it comes from a place of non-judgment and loving kindness.
  3. Accept, even when you don’t understand Understanding what others do is not always easy… but we can all accept what others do, even if we don’t approve of it, by accepting I mean not-resisting in a way that brings up anger, frustration, sadness, etc. As I said above, we all act according to our belief system and we each have a different one, so there is a chance you will often come across people that act in ways you don’t understand nor like, again, you can always state your opinion and your position but from a place of acceptance, kindness and compassion. Nobody is out there to hurt you, people are often confused, lost and carried away by their own feelings, so they do less than desirable things, but that is their path, not yours, the more you accept that, the happier you will be.

Planting our little seed will be the beginning of a new world, as we can touch more people, we can set and example and we can create a ripple effect that in time will change the world, we are THAT powerful, we are! Simple acts can go a long way, and we can all do it if we believe it is worth it! You can be the first!

So I encourage you today, as a new year resolution, to practice more compassion, cooperation, forgiveness, non-reaction and understanding! You can only feel better!

HAPPY NEW YEAR and love to you all!

Related Articles:

Accepting vs. Understanding

Individualism…good or bad?


A Grander Scheme, A Larger System

A good friend of mine recently sent me a blog entry from NPR that came out a couple weeks ago and I was totally inspired by it. It made me think about our role in this earth, our connection to the ecosystem and, the mysteries of the universe and of our own existence.

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So many mysteries about life remain undiscovered and unexplained still; and it is clear that our planet, as any living entity, keeps changing and so do we. So, it is good to always keep an open mind, be curious and willing to accept new concepts, new paradigms, new possibilities, new realities!

As the famous phrase from Socrates states: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing,” this of course does not mean we know nothing, but rather we can’t pretend to have total certainty about anything, and this is true at many levels!

When a new discovery threatens to change the Status Quo, or challenges the existing (already accepted) standards, there is always resistance, skepticism and disbelief. Human beings don’t like change, it makes them loose the sense of safety created by certainty and knowledge. Revolutionary discoveries, are often rejected, mocked and even ignored, until they are finally accepted because evidence becomes undeniable, and as time goes by they become the new standard, until… a new discovery comes along. There are many examples of this in our history, from Plato and his theory of a circular earth, to Copernicus who defended that the sun was at the center of the universe, to Darwin and his theory of evolution.

Anyway, the NPR article talks about a pulsing earth, and if you look at the stunning animated picture (a result of stitching a year worth of images of weather patterns), you really see a “breathing” earth, with a heart-like pulsating rhythm. It is really cool, here is the link: This Pulsing Earth

What if, we were indeed part of something much bigger…? what if each one of us was a cell in a larger body…?

When I was a child I used to imagine that all the tiny microorganisms that live inside of our bodies had “a life”. I imagined them as teeny-tiny beings playing, having friends, going to work, etc. and totally oblivious that they were living in my body, that they were connected and had a role in the whole functioning of my system. It was a fun game, but… what if there is some truth to that.

We can say one thing for sure, if we look at the ecosystem, we can’t deny that there is a strong connection between all elements of the planet.

“An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system“- Wikipedia

So, we are all part of the same “system.” A system that is alive and encompasses not only our planet but the sun, the universe and more!

Another interesting theory of unity and connection is that of the holographic universe, which defends that we are all part of a whole and we each contain all the information of that whole, just like a holographic picture: If you tear a hologram in half, you can still see the whole image in each piece. The same is true with smaller and smaller pieces.

In the Vedic tradition of India, it is held that “as is the smallest, so is the greatest. As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.” “As above so below.”

The New York Times had an article way back in 2006, showing the picture of a mouse’s brain (microcosm) and the picture of the universe (macrocosm) and they look incredibly alike… Click here to see them.

The microcosm and macrocosm similarities were also acknowledged by the greeks, as “An ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale (macrocosm or universe-level) all the way down to the smallest scale (microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level). In the system the midpoint is Man, who summarizes the cosmos.” – Source: Wikipedia

Anyway, all this is pretty fascinating to me, and I just wanted to share with you the idea that maybe… just maybe, we are part of a much larger scheme. There is no coincidence we are here, we are alive, we have the experiences we have, there is a reason for everything and we each have a unique purpose in this life, as part of a larger scheme.

I do believe each one of us contains and has access to the information of our true and infinite essence, we just have to open up to it. Some food for thought…

Have a good week!

Moving into the 4th dimension… Is this the evolutionary leap? (Part II)

This post was previously posted on: 2baware.net

So, as promised, here is the second part of my post started last week. Before you read any further, if you did not read last week’s post, I recommend you do it first. Read last week’s post

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Ok, so lets move on to the exciting realm of the 4th dimension!

The 4th dimension (in the context of this post, that is) is a stage of higher awareness (or consciousness) that many human beings are already experiencing, to various degrees. Many more are having the opportunity to realize its presence, which is the first step towards experiencing it.

I once heard an interesting phrase: “The human journey is one that will take us from Animal stage to God stage” in other words from unconsciousness to pure consciousness, and it seems like we are getting closer to the latter.

Consciousness can also be called: The Universe, The Source, The Life Force, All that Is, even God. However, the name we give it is not really important, because no word can really describe it, but since we communicate through language, we need to name it somehow.

What I mean by consciousness is basically the experience of our true essence and reality. Note that I use the word experience, as opposed to knowledge, because consciousness is not a concept that could be grasped by our intellect, our thinking mind, or our rationale; it can ONLY be experienced.

Now that we are clear about what I mean by Consciousness, we can say that at a higher dimension of consciousness, we will start to experience certain things, that are qualities of that dimension. This said, everybody is on his/her own journey, so the intensity to which we may experience it is unique to every individual.

At this point in our world, the 3rd and 4th dimensions are overlapping, so we are all at a different point in this transition. However, we are all being influenced by cosmic energies that are speeding up the shift and stimulating our perceptions, so there is now a greater chance to move forward towards the 4th dimension faster, but sadly, not everybody is ready nor willing to do it. So, what are the qualities of the 4th dimension?

Qualities of the 4th Dimension:

  1. Time disappears, there is no more past and future, there is only the NOW
    This means that we let go of the illusion of psychological time and we enter eternity as: the ETERNAL NOW, which is all that really exists. Although we may still use time as a frame of reference for practical purposes, and to navigate our physical existence, we will drop all emotional charges from the past and all fearful projections into the future. Past and future will no longer have any bearing on our decisions and actions, we will therefore be free to act on what is real and true.If you would like to read more about this concept, I highly recommend Eckart Tolle’s book: The Power of Now, which explains this in great detail.
  2. We move into Introspection
    People are forced to look inside themselves to find the causes or their suffering, they will realize that the answers can only come from the inside and not the outside. This is a journey into our inner beings, our souls, our deepest essence and it will allow us to see what we are really made of. At the same time, it will highly decrease negative feelings/emotions toward the outside world, such as blame, anger, fear, guilt, etc.
  3. We move towards Oneness and Co-creation
    We feel true Oneness with all that exists, our sense of duality fades and that gives us enormous power to co-create. We are more able to feel compassion and to always work in cooperation with others, as opposed to in competition. We have the true realization that everybody is connected as one, so we act on what is best for all.
  4. We have Choice, we are Free!
    We realize that we have control over our thoughts, our emotions and our fears, so we are not slaves to them anymore. We move from reaction to response, which gives us great peace and freedom. We start living by design and not by default.
  5. We attune more to the Light and less to the Darkness
    We will become more sensitive to negative energies, and we will avoid them instinctively, for instance, we will have less tolerance for violent movies or images, we will be less willing to engage in negative conversations, etc. we will gear more towards clean and positive energies and people.

So as you can see, all the qualities of the 4th dimension are rather positive, there is nothing to be afraid of, on the counter, there is so much to look forward to! However, this is only if we are able to LET GO of negative patterns that are keeping us bound to the 3rd dimension, and sometimes letting go can be scary. So, this ends my post on the 4th Dimension and the Evolutionary Leap.

Have a great week!

Individualism, good or bad?

This post was previously posted on: 2baware.net

I have been reflecting a lot about the concept of individualism and what it really means…
Many societies in the world advocate and defend individualism fiercely, as part of their culture and even their forms of government. Other societies/cultures however do not focus much on it.

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I have been lucky to experience both types of cultures and I think it is very important to keep in mind that there are pros and cons to individualism, it is not all good and progressive, and in fact, it can become pretty detrimental to the individual and the society.

Lets see some of the definitions found in various dictionaries for “Individualism”

  1. Belief in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence.
  2. Acts or an act based on this belief.
  3. A doctrine advocating freedom from government regulation in the pursuit of a person’s economic goals.
  4. A doctrine holding that the interests of the individual should take precedence over the interests of the state or social group.

So, lets start with point a, although it is important to be self-reliant and independent, to some extent, in order to live in the world, it is also important to remember that if we take this virtues too far, we can easily fall in the trap of believing that we are alone and that we have to fend for ourselves and make it on our own. This belief can go as far as to feel we have no right to share our failures, or bother others with our incapacity to make it (whatever that means, according to any given situation).

The truth is, we are NOT supposed to “make it” alone and we are NOT supposed to be totally independent from one another, we need to feel free to express our needs and to step in for others when they need us. In fact we are more connected and dependent to others that we can imagine, so living with the belief that we ought to be totally self-reliant and independent is nothing but an illusion. We need each others help, we need support in many forms, and this does not mean we are weak, it rather means we are stronger, as a whole.

As for points c and d, I believe that even though there is value in keeping the government and any other power institution under check, the true and most important value of having a government is to make sure that all individuals in a group are being treated fairly and equally, and NO, the interest of the individual should never take precedence over the interest of the group, because we are all interconnected and the true well being of each and everyone of us depends to a great extent on the well being of others, and of our planet for that matter.

Luckily, the world is moving towards a much more inclusive view of humanity and the earth we live in, therefore, it is important to work towards cooperation and inclusion as opposed to competition and separation. In this sense, I feel that the concept of individualism takes us more towards the latter.

In individualistic cultures there is this idea that we have to set boundaries around ourselves, that in order to be free and respected, we need to be “separate” from others, that we can’t let them invade our space. This on the other hand is far from being the case in many third world countries, where sometimes there are no boundaries at all (especially when it comes to family and friends).

But the truth is, the more connected and the closest we feel to people, the happier we will be, the more supported and cooperative the societies the more we can all prosper, and although we should all thrive for respect and freedom, these won’t come through separation and individualsm.

Have a great week!

Change the Dream

A few days ago I came across a very interesting story that I would like to reflect on today.

The story I read was about the Ashuar, an indigenous group from the rainforest of my home country Ecuador. This group reached out to environmentalist groups and global activists in order to transmit their message to our civilized world (if we can call it that…)

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Photo Courtesy of http://www.nationalgeographic.com

These people believe that our civilized world has created a reality based on a collective dream, a dream that has become a nightmare and is affecting the entire planet, it may even drive our human race to its collapse. And, according to the Ashuar: “The world is as you dream it.”

In their view, we live in “the dream of more”: more factories, more companies, more houses, more cars, more of everything, and according to them “we can’t really change our everyday actions because at their root, will always be the dream we have of our future and we will always act consistent with that dream. However, the dream itself can be changed in the space of one generation and the time to do it is now” (source: The Soul of Money – Lynne Twist)

The way I interpret the meaning of “dream” in the context of the Ashuar’s message, is the equivalent to our beliefs, the ways we see the world and the assumptions we make as a society. This “dream” is not necessarily true, but it drives our lives and the way we act on others and on our planet. To me the “dream of more” represents materialism, the culture of money and overall the capitalist system that now rules most of the world.

Also, in this message I find an interesting parallel to the law of attraction that states that what you focus on and give your attention to (whether is good or bad for you) will manifest in your life. Aside form our individual focus and attention, we also have a collective focus (or dream), a collective set of beliefs that brings about the world we live in. Our “dream” therefore is our deep seated beliefs about life, that have been around for many generations and have become the norm, most people don’t even question them at all, it is what it is and it rules our lives and our social systems.

But what IF we started to question it? what if we tried to detach ourselves from this collective dream?

Each and every one of us is part of this dream and we have an individual responsibility to change it if we want to survive as a race and live a more fulfilling life. As the Ashuar say, we can’t truly change our actions unless we start by changing the dream and we can, one individual at a time.

Our own journey into the realization of this dream is very important because it will contribute to a greater change, it will bring a positive shift on our societies.

To me this message rings true and it gives me hope, hope that there are enough people in this world that are raising to a higher level of awareness and they can help others move into it, hope that this message will spread so that there will be more and more people questioning the current dream we live in.

If you are interested to read or learn more about this topic, here are a couple good resources:

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

Dream Change further readings

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