A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

I believe in the amazing power of books. There are books that can transport you to magical places and reawaken your imagination, there are books that can give you comfort and peace when you most need it, and then, there are books that can totally shake your world and open up a whole new spectrum into your life; it is one of the latter kind that I want to share with you today.

A New Earth

I have just finished reading A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. The author of The Power of Now has done it again… totally opened up my mind to a new dimension, and I am so thankful for it.

This book is not for everyone, you have to be in a specific place in your life and in your spiritual journey in order to make sense of this book, but it is definitely worth a try, if anything, just to see where you are in this journey!

The premise of this book is that we all have one single inner purpose in our lifetime, and that is: Awakening to our true nature. Once that inner purpose is realized, then we can have many successful outer purposes (what we do and what we achieve during our human life), but none of these outer purposes will be really meaningful nor fulfilling unless we first realize our inner purpose.

I have copied an excerpt below that I feel gives a good idea of what this book is about:

“As soon as you rise above mere survival, the question of meaning and purpose becomes of paramount importance in your life. Many people feel caught up in the routines of daily living that seem to deprive their life of significance. Some believe life is passing them by or has passed them by already. Others feel severely restricted by the demands of their job and supporting a family or by their financial or living situation. Some are consumed by acute stress, others by acute boredom. Some are lost in frantic doing; others are lost in stagnation. Many people long for the freedom and expansion that prosperity promises. Others already enjoy the relative freedom that comes with prosperity and discover that even that is not enough to endow their lives with meaning. There is no substitute for finding true purpose. But the true or primary purpose of your life cannot be found on the outer level. It does not concern what you do but what you are – that is to say, your state of consciousness.”

Nothing we do, whether it is working, parenting, socializing, making love, etc. has true and real meaning unless we have awaken to our inner purpose, only then, every moment of our human lives will be meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of what it is.

I hope I have triggered your curiosity and you decide to look at this book because it is a real Gem!

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Book Review of the Month – New!

Many of my posts are often inspired by the books I read, and although I do briefly mention those books in my articles, I though it would be nice to ad a monthly “Book Review” to my website. I truly believe books can change lives, the new concepts, facts, and ideas they present can often encourage deep reflection on our part, and can open us up to new ways of seeing life. Most of the books I read are related to personal growth, relationships, happiness, and so on, which are the topics that inspire my own writings anyway, so I hope you enjoy this new feature and maybe discover a book gem for your library and for your life!

When the student is ready… the teacher will appear

And sometimes… that teacher comes in the form of a book, this has certainly been true for me! But it also means, we may not always be ready for a particular book, or it may not speak to us the way it speaks to others.

I remember reading a book by Deepak Chopra a few years back, I really struggled through it, it did not make much sense to me at the time. However, years later it fell into my lap again and I decided to read it again, to my surprise, the second time around every word made total sense to me, I was amazed.

Especially when it comes to personal growth or spiritual books, we need to somehow be “aligned” to a certain book in order to get its full benefit, so as we change and grow, books will have a different impact in our lives.

This month I will present to you a BRILLIANT book that fell into my lap by total chance, I had never heard of it, never heard of its author, and what’s more: it was written for men by a man, but I still decided to give it a try and I wasn’t disappointed!. I gained new insights into men (the male energy and the masculine nature), and was amazed by the profound way in which the author understands female energy and feminine nature as well. So I definitely recommend this book to men, but also to women!

The Way of the Superior Man

“The Way of the Superior Man” by David Deida

Listed under the categories of Relationships, Spirituality and Sex.

The people who will most benefit from this book are man and women that are in a spiritual path or search, that believe relationships are key to their growth, that want to improve their current relationship in ways that it can best serve themselves and their partners, that want to fully embrace and enjoy their sexuality with no guilt nor hang-ups, that want to better understand the dynamics of feminine and masculine energy.

This can be particularly helpful for men who really truly want to understand women and communicate better with them.

The book’s premise: there is a “Way of the Superior Man” that both includes and transcends the “tough” concept of masculinity of our ancestors, and the “sensitive man” concept of more recent years, a way that frees a man to be both powerful and purposeful, and also feel spiritually alive.

Deida takes the reader on a powerful journey into the heart of the contemporary masculine experience, and explores the most challenging and important issues in men’s lives. He writes with sharp honesty, so the reader needs to be open to certain truths that might infuriate some, but will certainly profoundly benefit those who are open and ready for these teachings.

Here below are a few excerpts from the book, which will help you get a sense of its contents:

“Every man knows that his highest purpose in life cannot be reduced to any particular relationship. If a man prioritizes his relationship over his highest purpose, he weakens himself, disserves the universe, and cheats his woman of an authentic man who can offer her full, undivided presence”

“It is so easy to give her love; it’s what both of you really want anyway. But as a man you are more likely to try to fix her. That is exactly not what she wants, and exactly what will make the situation worse, most of the time”

“The priority of the masculine core is mission, purpose, or direction in life. The priority of the feminine core is the flow of love and intimacy”

“When a man sees a beautiful woman it is natural for him to feel energy in his body, which he usually interprets as sexual desire. Rather than dispersing this energy in mental fantasy, a man should learn to circulate this heightened energy throughout his body”

Click on the book image to go to Amazon and learn more about it. If you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and take from it all that can benefit your life and your relationship.

Happy Reading!

 


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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)

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The Truth is Within Us

I have always been deeply interested and curious about the striking similarities we can find in the teachings of great Spiritual Teachers like Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, and others. These great Spiritual Teachers have embodied proof of the undeniable existence of God (the Divine, the Cosmic Universe, Consciousness, the Creator, etc. )

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However, the Spiritual Teachers did not personally start any religion, they simply shared their teachings and hoped that they would spread, so in time, their followers gathered in their name and established institutionalized religions based on their Masters’ teachings. Most institutionalized religions are based on ancient scriptures that are believed to represent the original teachings of the great Masters.

The problem that often arises when following scriptures is the conflicting interpretations of words. Although words and languages are one of our most trusted ways to communicate knowledge, words are limited and can be interpreted differently by different people in different stages of human history and evolution.

Therefore, it is hard to own the truth behind the words, especially if the words are being interpreted solely with our intellect, and in most cases people don’t even seek to interpret the words, they just take the interpretations of those who came before them and make them their own; which is what happens in most religions.

The reason why we can’t rely on our intellect or that of our ancestors is because the truth of God can not really be explained or measured, it can only be experienced. Our reasoning can not possibly grasp the immensity of the Divine, so it is literally impossible to convey it with words.

Another problem with religions is that in most cases they worship their Spiritual Leader and by doing so they often forget about the essence of their message. True Spiritual leaders are not seeking to be worshiped, they are trying to convey a message, the message of their experience of God. I once heard a metaphor that said that Spiritual Teachers are like a teapot containing a delicious magical tea, but religions are focused on worshiping the teapot instead of drinking the tea!

The experience of God or rather the experience of Truth (the truth of our existence) is open to every single human being, regardless of their religion or lack of, their level of education, their culture, their color, etc. there are no conditions to the experience of God, it is accessible to every single one of us. This is because the experience is unique to each of us and the truth is within everyone of us.

Although we can certainly use the wise teachings offered by religions, we need to seek the truth inside ourselves, if we don’t do this, the truth will never be revealed to us. The experience of God (or truth), is the inner knowing that lies dormant within every human being. This is something most great Spiritual Leaders have said, in different ways:

Jesus: “The kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)

Prophet Muhammad: “There is no intermediary between God and man. By remembering God, a person establishes direct contact with Him.”

“The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to reveal itself.” Thích Nhất Hạnh

The story of Brahma in Hinduism: “Brahma seated himself on the floating Lotus and looked in all directions for any other beings. Not seeing anyone around but feeling a desire for knowledge, he meditated, seeking knowledge within himself. There he found Truth, God himself, in his own heart, and looking around he now saw God everywhere.”

It is by removing the obstacles to our understanding that the truth will reveal itself from within. The problem is that our material existence brings a lot of obstacles to our understanding of the truth. Our judgments and resistance of our surroundings are major obstacles to our connection with our inner wisdom.

It is not easy to let go of these obstacles (distractions) as long as we are in a human body, but if we see our body as the temple that holds our spirit, our soul, our essence and our truth, we can begin to connect with it, even through our body itself. If we let go of our mind reasoning and logic, and our sense-based perceptions and judgments we can begin to connect to our inner knowing, we can allow it to come out, and we can start to feel the truth, to experience it.

The teachings of religions, as much as our everyday life experiences and relationships can be great teachers, because God (Truth) is revealing itself to us everyday and through everything, but it is only until we “take our blinders off” (remove the obstacles) that we can finally see the truth or rather feel it.

I encourage you to find ways in which to quiet your mind and let go of judgments, in order to find that silence within that will help you reveal the inner wisdom that lies beneath you.

Have a good week!

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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!

Everyday Miracles

I just finished the 21-day Meditation Challenge from the Chopra Center and this particular one was called: Miraculous Relationships, so it got me thinking about the true meaning of “miracles.”

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According to the dictionary a miracle is something attributed to a supernatural, or so called “divine” agency, and it often refers to something good.

To me, life itself falls into the category of a miracle. I truly believe we all come from a divine and supernatural source. From that belief, it is easier to see the many little miracles that surround us every single day. In my life I can think of many: the beautiful smile of my children when they see me, the songs of the birds in the trees when I walk by, the warmth of the sun on my skin, etc.

We don’t need to go too far to find divinity in our life, we just need to look, to really look around us and see that every step in our human journey gives us an opportunity to find a miracle, but for that we have to make an important choice. As Deepak Chopra says, we always have a choice between a miracle and a grievance.

This excerpt from A Course in Miracles illustrates this point nicely:

“Perhaps it is not yet quite clear to you that each decision that you make is one between a grievance and a miracle. Each grievance stands like a dark shield of hate before the miracle it would conceal. And as you raise it up before your eyes, you will not see the miracle beyond. Yet all the while it waits for you in light, but you behold your grievances instead.” ACIM

Every experience we have, good or bad, yields a valuable lesson, or like one of my favorite teachers says a blesson (fusion between a lesson and a blessing). To me, seeing that blesson is a miracle. Also, If we believe in synchronicity and the fact that there are no coincidences in our lives, we can see miracles happening all the time.

One of my favorite authors: Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross devoted her life to studying the terminally ill and wrote more than 20 books on death and related subjects. In one of her later books she talked about Spirit Guides, Channeling, and other subjects that were not very well received by skeptics, however, she wrote something that stayed with me: “Only those who are ready can really see.”

If we look at the actual miracles in religion traditions, such as: Apparitions, Angel Encounters, Weeping and Bleeding Icons, the Healing Power of Prayer, etc. an other unexplainable events, one can argue that those who see the miracles do so because their faith is so strong that they believe they see. However, we can also say that only those who believe can really see and experience the miracles.
It becomes a Chicken and Egg situation, what comes first: the seeing or the believing?

I think that our beliefs definitely shape the way we process our perceptions, and maybe that process shapes the reality of what we perceive? This goes along with scientific discoveries in the field of quantum physics, which state that the eye of the observer affects the nature of what is observed.

“One of the most bizarre premises of quantum theory, which has long fascinated philosophers and physicists alike, states that by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality”
Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com

So if indeed the belief comes first, when we believe, we are ready to see the miracles, to experience them in our own lives. Of course, our beliefs can be of any nature, we can also believe we are doomed, in which case we might be.

When I talk about belief here, it has nothing to do with any specific religious faith but rather our acceptance of what is true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction, about anything and everything.

To me, there is no doubt that our beliefs shape our perceptions, and our perceptions shape our life, if we realize that, we can indeed choose between a grievance and a miracle, every step of the way!

Have a good week!


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Health and Spirit, the connection that matters!

As I was listening to some friends talk about illness and health… I got inspired to write this post.

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I first would like to share with you that one of my worst fears used to be the idea of loosing my health.

I was not only scared about loosing it, I was rather obsessed about it. Every time I saw a weird stain or pimple on my skin I would start to worry; every time I had any kind of pain or sensation in my body that wasn’t normal I would start to panic and consider all the possible worst-case health scenarios out there. It was exhausting!

It wasn’t until my first exposure to the idea that our thoughts have an enormous impact on our health that I started to change this obsessive pattern, until it completely disappeared, to my great relief. After seeing this incredible shift in my own life, I started to pay more attention to the way people see and manage their health.

Health is one of the most important elements in our human existence. Some people take it for granted, others obsess about it, others abuse it, others believe they have no control over it, others feel responsible for it, etc. The list can go on and on and on, we all have a different attitude towards it.

Can you think of the way you see your own health? the way you manage it? Why don’t you take a minute and think about it… What does your health mean to you and what are your thoughts about it?

I was recently with a friend that was diagnosed with a progressive illness. She seemed to be totally resigned to her fate since it was, as the doctors put it, “genetic.” So in her mind, she was bound to get it and there was nothing she could do about it, except for alleviating the symptoms with drugs. That was that!

This is not uncommon, in fact, many people believe that if their parents or close relatives had an illness, there is a great probability of them getting it as well, and doctors support this point of view, unfortunately. The part that nobody tells us is that genetics plays a very small part on developing any disease, very small.

There are people who are diagnosed with a terminal disease, and they resign themselves, even worse, if a doctor tells them how long they have left to live, they believe it without question, because Doctors know best or because the statistics say so. They see no way out.

On the other hand, there are people who challenge their diagnosis, who fight the disease, who take an active part on their fate, and some become those lucky cases that make it, that beat the disease. Finally, there are the so-called miracles, when people heal completely and beat the odds without any medical explanation for it. There are as many scenarios as there are people alive.

One of my favorite phrases from Deepak Chopra (who was a Medical Doctor too) was: “You can accept a diagnosis but never a prognosis.” And this is very important to keep in mind. Having a diagnosis is one thing, but what will happen after, is a completely different one, and it depends on many factors that are unique to each individual.

As for medicine, we can’t deny that traditional western medicine has helped increase life expectancy and fight disease, however, this does not take the responsibility of our health away from us. In fact, the more complex and sophisticated medicine has become, the more we need to get involved in healing our bodies. Also, we should never dismiss other ancient, and more modern types of medicine such as: Oriental medicine, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Herbal medicine, Energy medicine etc. There is a great amount of knowledge and wisdom in each and every one of them.

But aside from the realm of medicine, there is one major truth, and that is: nothing controls our health more than we do… can I say it again? nothing controls our health more than we do…

A lot of people will strongly disagree with this statement, and I totally understand, a lot of people may even find it offensive, and that too, I understand.

Nevertheless, if we come to grasp the complex workings of our health, we start to see the truth in this statement. Our health is the result of a balance between our physical body, our mind and our soul, if we disregard any of these three inseparable parts of us, we are not seeing ourselves as a whole and we fall out of balance. This imbalance is what creates disease, and even accidents (yes, believe it or not!). In fact put in one phrase: our health depends solely on the level of harmony and connection that we have with our soul, that is all.

We could write volumes on the last paragraph, but to keep it simple and short for this post lets say this:
Emotions are deeply implicated in the causation of illness or in the restoration of health. When we have negative emotions, and we do not know how to handle them, or we are not even aware of them, they can create blockages in our body, if not dealt with properly, these blockages will create disease and later death.

Now, emotions are caused by our thoughts and our thoughts are mostly based on beliefs that are often unconscious. If we can disconnect form our thoughts and connect with our soul (our true consciousness) we can be in control of our emotions, and therefore our health.

The particular symptoms or diseases are quite irrelevant, as long as we are dealing with symptoms, we will always have symptoms to deal with (in different organs and different diseases). In other words, handling the symptoms is not the right way to restore a person’s health.

Being in good health means being in balance, so what a sick person needs is to regain his/her balance, and there are many ways to do this, and there are many types of healing techniques available, including of course traditional medicine, but the ultimate outcome will depend on the person’s awareness of their own body-mind-spirity connection.

This is a simple yet also very complex statement. Awareness means we need to “unlearn” a lot of things and we need to open up to a totally different point of view and devote the time and effort it takes to embark in this journey, probably the most important journey you will ever take in your human lifetime.

Just some food for thought…Take care of yourself and consider what you just read…

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