How Your Spiritual Growth Heals the World a message from Owen Waters

How Your Spiritual Growth Heals the World
a message from Owen Waters
Sunday, 1 June, 2014  (Spirit Library posted 27 June, 2014)

Did you know that just one spiritual person can bring upliftment to millions of people?

They really can, and they can have fun doing it! Here’s how it works.

Welcome to The Mind Belt

An atmosphere of air surrounds this planet and so does an atmosphere of consciousness. This global mind belt consists of the thoughts and feelings of everyone on the planet. While thoughts cause electrical activity inside the brain, they originate as non-physical mental energies.

Every moment of every day, your mind senses that frequency of the mind belt to which you are attuned. Every moment of every day, you change the mind belt by contributing the thoughts and feelings that radiate from your consciousness. For the most part, humans choose to block conscious telepathy, but your subconscious mind is fully telepathic, aware of the mental atmosphere in which you exist and often feeds this information through into the conscious mind.

Mental energy

The universe is filled with a wide range of energies at all levels of manifestation. While the science of physics focuses on just the physical energies, you need to venture beyond the physical senses to appreciate the metaphysical energies.

Mental energy has both yin and yang aspects. These are familiar to us as thought and feeling. They are not opposites as such, but act rather as complementary aspects in the same way that electricity and magnetism act in complementary unison with each other to form light.

When you have an intellectual type of thought, it invokes complementary feelings. Likewise, when you have a feeling, it invokes complementary thoughts.

You’ve probably said, “Hey! I thought of that first!”

Have you ever had an idea, then seen other people express or use that same idea? You probably said, “Hey! I thought of that first!” Well, that’s exactly how the mind belt works. It’s an atmosphere that you share with all other sentient beings, but you especially tune in to the topics and frequencies of mind that interest you the most.

The globally-shared mind belt is the medium which enables discoveries and inventions to occur at the same time by people who are not in physical contact with each other. For example, the discovery of oxygen was made not by one researcher, but by three different ones in three different countries at the same time. Mathematical calculus was another example. It was created by Newton in England and Liebnitz in Germany at the same time, leading to years of entertaining rivalry.

You uplift the mind belt

Throughout your life, you contribute to the energies of the mind belt and do your part in making the world what it is today. As a spiritually-minded person, you uplift the mind belt because the frequency of heart-centered consciousness is higher than the self-involved thoughts of the statistically-average person across the face of the globe.

At this point, you may wonder how spiritual people – a smaller portion of the current population – can do much good in a world affected by a lot of materialistic or even depressive thinking. The answer may surprise you.

The Creator stacked the cards in favor of spiritual evolution.

As a spiritually-minded person, your higher-frequency thoughts have exponentially more power and influence than thoughts of a lower frequency. By definition, at least 80% of the population has an average effect upon the mind belt. You, however, have a frequency advantage which empowers your influence in the world far more than you may have realized.

Researcher David R. Hawkins spent years investigating the effects of the whole frequency range of human consciousness and came up with an amazing discovery. As a spiritually-aware person, the influence of your consciousness is equivalent to hundreds of thousands of statistically-average people! This surprising fact presents us with an incredible opportunity to help others and make a very positive difference in the world.

His actual figure was that a person’s consciousness at the entry level to spiritual awareness counter-balances and lifts up the effect of the thoughts of 800,000 people of average consciousness around the world!

Imagine what happens when you go beyond the entry level and work every day on your own spiritual growth. Before you know it, you’re helping to uplift tens of millions of people and making the world a distinctly better place than it would have been without the benefit of your presence.

As you raise your consciousness, you contribute exponentially more to the spiritual quality of the global mind.

Paradoxically, your greatest service to humanity is to focus upon your own spiritual growth.

This wonderful level of service to humanity occurs as a direct effect of your consciousness upon a world which has been starved of spiritually-conditioned thought.

Make the world a better place

Make a decision to develop your spiritual growth on a daily basis. Choose a time for reflection and spiritual practices each and every day. Spend that time increasing your frequency of consciousness by engaging in your own choice of spiritual activities, such as meditation, spiritual study, reflection, the use of sacred essential oils, and energetic recharging techniques.

Beginning each day with a spiritual practice is a habit that soon becomes the highlight of each day. The side-effect of bringing upliftment to millions of other people fulfills a key purpose of every spiritually-minded person on the planet today.

We were born to make the world a better place…

Let’s do it!

Courtesy of Owen Waters, www.InfiniteBeing.com

This message was originally posted here
http://www.spiritualdynamics.net/yourgrowth.htm

EXPANDING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS Pt1 ~ CHANNELED MESSAGE FROM THE ARCTURIANS 27th June 2014 ~ Channeled and Transcribed by Paul Marwood

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EXPANDING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS Pt1

CHANNELED MESSAGE FROM
THE ARCTURIANS
27th June 2014

Channeled by Paul Marwood 

Transcribed by Paul Marwood

 

“Greetings dear Paul we are the Arcturian’s,

 

As you know we come forth in love, we are a benevolent race, you have seen this in your journey to our planet, seeing how we live. Part of the purpose of this is to teach you this, so you may share the new way of living. Not so you mimic our way of life, but simply so that you have guidance and a path to move towards. As you and your race on this beautiful planet called Earth, shift your consciousness and move to a different way of living and experiencing your lives.

 

This is very large subject which we will teach over many messages, the first of which we wish to touch on the fact that you as humanity have been taught over thousands of years, a level of separateness, a need to be reliant on physical items, and you have been shown to relate yourself to these physical items, like your worth is dependent on what physical items you have. Where as in reality you are you are, no matter what is around you and what you have, and there is no judgment in this.

 

So as you see just in this example, there is a significant difference between the world as your planet lives in this moment in time, and where you will be moving to as you understand the connection to all. As you understand more clearly who you are in your true essence, as you connect to your divine presence, the essence of who you are, your true essence, and with that connection how you see and perceive the world will change very dramatically.

 

What we wish to do is to guide you on a process of starting to connect to your inner self, your essence, to allow the examples in those fleeting moments to give you encouragement to step forward more and more and more on your inward journey. This is a journey inward not a journey outward. Some may say that this is the biggest journey that any Human can partake on in this 3-D realm, in which your existing in at this point in time. But we also wish to share with you that now is a prime time to do this journey, for you have so much in support of you to assist you in so many ways in so many levels, to do this journey more quickly, more easily, and with more grace.

 

For you see this planet, this galaxy is in a time of Ascension. You are aware of the energies pouring forth from the creator, source, you are also aware of how your sun is also receiving codes and information from source, and then issuing them forth in the form of solar flares, and coronal mass ejections, as you perceive them in your physical realm, but these events are much much more.

 

These are the sun as a conscious being, not as a fiery planet as you see it in your physical form. This conscious being, the sun, is lovingly extending new codes, new information that is specifically tailored to all that is within this galaxy, and in this case looking at the model of just humanity, the right codes at the right time to assist humanity, for the sun is connected to and tuned into this beautiful planet Earth and all that is on her in most amazing ways, ways that even your consciousness can’t comprehend at this point in time, but just trust that this is so. 

 

You have this beautiful light, beautiful codes, beautiful upliftment from the creator, from source, you have the beings around you, you may call them your guides, the angelic realm, there are all of the many races like ourselves, the Arcturian’s, the Pleiadian’s, the Orion’s, the list continues on almost endlessly.

 

There are a multitude of spaceships either in physical form, as well as in energetic form. For as you start to understand the dimensions, you will start to see that it’s not quite as you may perceive it, as just simply spaceships around the planet. For in the higher dimensions time and distance takes on a very different perspective than how you understand it in your linear Earth 3-D realm.

 

We wish you to understand you have additional support from all of these races, star-beings, for we are all connected with you, we are your brothers and sisters, we’ve shared many lifetimes together in different places, in different adventures at different dimensions.

 

We are all here to support you in this moment, to assist you in this process of your conscious connection to your divine presence, your expanded consciousness, so that your experience of life changes dramatically.

 

We wish to encourage you to take the time in your busy lives to take a step back. Like finding a seat in a park in a quite place, and just stop for a moment to watch all that is around you. Watch the beauty, sense and feel the beauty, connect to the air, and the breeze as it gently blows past you. Tune in and feel all that is around you while you are simply just BEING, sitting in that seat.

 

You will suddenly start to realize that there is so much more happening around you in a beautiful way as you just relax in that seat. And from this point of view you may start to see the glimpses of a very different experience of reality.

 

The pressures, the demands, the expectations begin to fall away, and the joy in just simply observing what is happening around you, watching the butterfly as it floats by. Smelling the different scents in the breeze as they to simply just waft by, and start to enjoy the experiences of all that is around you, and then tune into the joy within your heart and feel the difference.

 

We encourage you to take this time out to experience this and start to expand your consciousness in this way. We will talk more on this in future messages.

 

We love you all, we are the Arcturian’s.”

 


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Why Do You Need Fear-Based Contingency Plans? a message from Brenda Hoffman

Why Do You Need Fear-Based Contingency Plans?
a message from Brenda Hoffman

 

 

Dear Ones,

 

Perhaps you are not part of the chaos that seems to be rampant throughout the globe – wars, fear of war, starvation, earth upheavals – but then, you do probably wonder how long it will be until you are part of it.

 

Maybe your country will enter a war. Maybe an earthquake will destroy parts of your country. Maybe monsoon-like rains will alter your life in other ways. All fears that you hold deep within you. For has not your life on earth for eons been one catastrophe after another that you addressed or ignored, but maintained the resulting fear deep within your being?

 

Such are your fears now. Somehow, some where you believe you will have to face whatever it is you are dreading – like your phrase, “waiting for the other shoe to drop.” You feel sympathy or empathy for those most directly affected. At the same time,  you feel a sense of relief that it has not affected you or those you love.

 

That feeling is quite natural given all you have willingly experienced on Old Age earth. But such is no longer true. This hidden global fear belief is perhaps the biggest transition of the next few days – from expecting to react to an unpleasant something to knowing it does not matter.

 

If Old Age earth was merely a drama/play of sorts and you have left that drama/play – as those exiting their cocoon in the next few days have – you will not be traumatized. Perhaps your house burns – an Old Age trauma and fear. In new earth, that house will be replaced with a home more suited to the new you.

 

You will not continue to experience drama for you are now part of a comedy/loving phase of earth. That which was once devastating will be an obvious opening to a better, more joyful life.

 

You do not yet understand – but you will. Just as you once did not understand how you could feel more personal joy than fear.

 

Fear is of the past. Including the fear of what could or should happen given certain circumstances and Old Age historical perspectives.

 

This time is somewhat similar to the shift in thought processes required once a castle with protective walls no longer ensured safety – cannons and other technical inventions made such thoughts obsolete.

Fear – and a resulting “game plan” for fearful contingencies – has been an expected part of your life thought/feeling processes. “What would I do if an earthquake destroyed my community?” “What should I do if someone opens fire at a shopping mall?” fear plan after fear plan tucked away within your being – taking up valuable joy space.

 

Fear is truly no longer part of your repertoire. Do you remember how difficult it was – and maybe still is – to love yourself as you are?

 

Hidden fears that you could be next in whatever negative drama you envision, are as outdated as your dislike of you.

 

Why would you require fear-based contingency plans if your life is of or moving to joy?

 

Instead of creating a no-longer-valid fear drama, your new creations are now how an adventure, experience can be even more joyful – what creates a smile or laughter? Instead of,  “I am laughing now, but who knows what tomorrow will bring?”

 

Perhaps you wish to dwell on negative possibilities. That is your right. But know that such is as outdated as spittoons of the 1800′s. You can continue your chewing tobacco habit, but few will support you in doing so.

 

Unlike the past when fear dominated – the exact opposite is happening more rapidly than you realize.

Fewer find the media news of one fear image after another that interesting or entertaining. There will be a time in the not-so-distant future when news shows will shift – not because they want to, but because so few will care about the ongoing fears the media elect to report.

 

Now you are feeling that thinking nice thoughts and laughing does not negate the reality of starvation or war. Such is true. But when such images, such factors are no longer interesting, when entities on earth ignore fears, fears will disappear. A bit like a reaction to many bullies. Bullies love to be engaged, to create fear. If such does not happen, they have little power and a great deal less interest for those following them.

 

You have released your personal fears. Now release your global fears.

 

This is not a promise that earth will be a lovely playground tomorrow, but a plea for you to shift your attention from a global fear-based mode to joy and other earth entities will do the same.

This transition is not for a limited few – but a global, Universal shift from a world permeated with fear to a new earth of joy. Your overall role is to introduce that joy to your life so your beacon shines for all.

 

A light shining in any area of darkness negates the darkness. As you leave your cocoon and your deepest fears, radiate your light – and thereby, radiate your disbelief in the fears of what might happen. Those fears are of yesterday. Today is a new dawn. So be it. Amen.

 

How to Free Yourself From Repressed Emotions ~ By Ryan Brown, Contributor, Waking Times

How to Free Yourself From Repressed Emotions

 

A common way in which we deal with unpleasant emotions is to suppress or ignore them. These are normal coping mechanisms our minds uses to handle situations we don’t particularly want to deal with in the present moment. When strong emotions come into our consciousness, there is often something inside of us which says, “This is going to ruin my happiness right now and I don’t like that, so I’ll just deal with it later.” The problem with this approach is that ‘later’ never comes and these emotions get pushed further down, out of our conscious awareness.

 

It is a basic law of the universe that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change form. The same law applies to our consciousness. We can suppress emotions for a very long time, and although they leave our conscious awareness, it doesn’t mean they are completely gone. This repressed emotional energy gets buried deep within the basement of our subconscious, where it sits gathering ‘emotional dust’.

 

This ‘dust’ is actually emotional energy that resonates with the repressed emotion. These emotions also attract like-emotions, and they do this by bringing situations into our day-to-day life which activate and feed them with similar emotional energy. In this way, suppressed emotions (which are basically energetic patterns) begin to gain more power, until an emotional pressure begins to build. This internal pressure of repressed emotions is what many of us are afraid to look at. This gradually accumulates until the pressure becomes too great to remain hidden, and rises to the surface in a fit of rage, depression or an uncharacteristic emotional reaction. When this breakdown happens, we feel a temporary relief from the released energy. However, if we don’t work to bleed out all the accumulated energy, the pressure will, once again, begin to build until the next ‘external’ event releases more of the pressure.

 

When an emotional trauma occurs, there is the choice to either deal with it effectively or to turn away from it. When we choose to turn away from it, we must do something with the energy of the situation. We either 1) repress/suppress the emotions, 2) express them (i.e. saying things out of anger), or 3) distract ourselves with something else.

 

These debilitating forms of handling emotions lead to the reinforcement of an emotional pattern within the psyche, which can eventually take on a life of its own and begin to run our lives. When approached in this way, the process can continue indefinitely, or until a complete (often called nervous) breakdown occurs. The nervous breakdown, although traumatic, usually has a very transformative effect because a vast amount of pent-up emotion is released in a very short period of time. It is this catharsis, or ‘dark night of the soul‘, that is touched upon in many world myths, religions, and shamanic traditions. 

 

The Good News

The good news is that we don’t have to wait for a complete nervous breakdown to start letting these repressed emotions go. There is a way to let out this emotional pressure, no matter how deep, in a beneficial and transformative way. It requires radical self-honesty and the courage to face the fear that played a main part in suppressing the emotions in the first place.  It is not the easiest of paths, and not to be undertaken lightly, but it is one that we must take if we wish to live a truly peaceful and balanced life. 

 

The Decompression Process

 

First, it is important to create a safe environment in which the decompression process can occur.

The tools for cultivating this are simple: humility and acceptance. We can become humble to the fact that everything is fine, and the emotions we fear coming up, in reality, are not going to kill us, even though at times it may feel like it. We can also cultivate an attitude of acceptance towards all the emotions that arise and just observe them, without judgment.

 

Second, drop the urge to label the emotions as they arise. Ignore all thoughts about the emotion and instead focus on the sensations that occur in the body. At first, this may be difficult to do, as an emotional numbness can be present. If this is the case, focus on the intention to just feel them, and eventually it will happen.

Once the thoughts and labels about the emotions have been dropped, just sit with the feelings, without trying to change them. Notice if there is a resistance to the way the emotions feel, and just be with that. If a resistance is felt, the key is to not resist the resistance.

 

In the space of observing the emotions as they are occurring, free of any mental labeling, they become only energies playing out across the energetic backdrop of consciousness. Since there are no labels, it doesn’t even matter if they are there or not. You can ask the question, “What if this feeling stayed in the body forever?” Then what? Would it kill you to feel this way forever? Probably not… 

 

The Radical Step: Accepting the Emotions, As They Are

 

Try for just a second to experiment with the possibility of the emotion never leaving you, and being totally okay with it, without needing to change anything. Notice how this attitude feels, compared to that of resistance. It can almost feel peaceful, even in the midst of a very heavy emotion.

 

By dropping the mental labeling of the emotion and the resistance to feeling it, we allow the emotional energy to return into the flow of the universe, rather than keeping it bottled up inside of us. Since there is no longer a resistance to feeling the emotion, there is no longer anything keeping it from leaving; it is finally free to go.

 

As can be seen, there is no limit to how much you can accept what is happening, to just let it be. Fortunately, there is a limit to the energy of the emotion being let out. If we are patient enough and continue to surrender to the process, eventually the pressure of the emotion runs itself out completely, as if a fire has burned it out of us. It is this transformative fire of the decompression process that clears out all of the unpleasant feelings associated with repressed emotions. What remains is the warmth from the fire, and in it all of the lessons we were meant to learn from the experience.

 

About the Author

Ryan Brown is a meditation teacher, energetic healer and writer. He has studied shamanic traditions of the Amazonian Basin and strives to integrate the ancient wisdom teachings of both the East and West in a way that is applicable to modern living. You can learn more about his pursuits at www.wayruna.org

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Astroflash…. Astrospirit, by Jacqueline Lasahn

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” ~Goethe
(This expression below by Jacqueline make me think of this quote. -PB)

 

Astroflash…. Astrospirit, by Jacqueline Lasahn

New moon, dark moon
return to your source.
Bedrock, belly
nourish your roots.

Linear time is measured
by calendars, commitments,
marks of the past and goals in the future.

Lunar time is fluid,
rivers of memories
weave into the ocean of imagination.
There is power in the awareness
of ebb and flow;
of seasons
of cultural rhythms
of personal cycles within.

New Moon in Cancer.
Tribe, family, planet,
the place you call home,
inner world, physical body,
intuition that is yours alone.

~ Cancer New Moon Contemplations ~
What activities feed, nurture, or inspire me?
What habits and emotional attachments hold me back?
How may I respond to others without neglecting myself?

Gain perspective that is aligned with your life’s design. I can help you with compassionate insight through navigating uncertain waters. Contact me if you’d like me to dive deep with you into your personal universe.

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Art © Pamela Matthews

SaLuSa 27 June 2014 ~ via Mike Quinsey

SaLuSa  27 June 2014 ~ via Mike Quinsey

“The changes continue to proceed as planned, and will bring about the anticipated changes that will bring you freedom from the activities of the dark Ones. Their power and control carries less weight and those who work for the Light are gaining more confidence as each day passes. So much good work is taking place and as it continues to spread, the dark Ones find that they are having less and less influence. It is you the people that carry the responsibility for spreading the Light, but we can assist where you have already made decisions to begin the process of change. Do not worry if at first progress appears to be slow as momentous changes cannot be achieved overnight, and are more likely to be successful when care and attention are given. We oversee your work and at all times will do our best to guide you and ensure your success. More and more souls are awakening to their real selves and seeking more power to achieve their vision of permanent peace upon Earth. It will come and is already affecting decisions being made to prevent any future wars from taking place.

The role of the Lightworker is to be inspired and bring more people to the realisation that the future is taking shape, and the voices that have influence are no longer prepared to go along with those who advocate war to solve problems. At long last it is being realised that war is futile and that there are no winners in the sense that all who are involved suffer loss of one kind or another. When you look back you will realise that using war to achieve your aims is often short lived, and at last there is an understanding that peaceful negotiation is the only way to solve differences. As you will find out in due course, wars are often contrived to set one against another and neither benefit as a result. As time has passed more and more people have tired of being used to settle differences, and now see that there are other ways which are far more acceptable. You are currently seeing the result of religious prejudice fuel the differences between some nations, and we wish we could get the message to them that you are all One. There is only One God of Absolute Love for all souls regardless of their colour or beliefs. However, there will come a time when it will be accepted that you are One Race, with the same destiny and eternally loved by the One God of All.

The elusive peace that you seek will first come to individuals who have accepted the Oneness of all Souls, and through them others will also follow. All knowledge is carried within, and those of you who feel particularly intuitive are able to measure the value and truthfulness of any message. There will however still be those who totally rely on others to walk the path with them. For them it is part of their necessary experience and as they become more understanding of the truth of their real selves, they will gain the confidence to travel their own path. Often the changes are the result of many lives whereby they have tested their own beliefs and have moved on where they have been found wanting. As you stand at this time you are represent the totality of your experience, and cannot help but be strongly influenced by it. There are however times when you will incarnate with a stronger attachment to certain beliefs that will give you a specific experience that you need. You are in fact much greater than you presently know, and whilst on Earth you play out each role you have undertaken which can greatly vary from one incarnation to another.

You may have wondered what our beliefs are based upon, and whether we have what you know as organised religion. The simple answer is that we are sufficiently understanding of the truth and the One God, that we live by example and realise that every other soul is either our brother or sister. Therefore our love is extended to all souls, and even those of the darkness are seen as being exactly the same as all others. It must be so as you have all come from the Source of All That Is, and undertaken your experiences so as to bring the truth to others. Where you are now in the lower levels of vibration you cannot become fully ascended and remain in them, so of necessity you only incarnate with a vibration that allows you to experience as chosen. We will also point out that this is why you must respect what other souls have chosen to experience, as it is all of value and will help others to evolve. Some souls have elected to serve on Earth to help others, whilst the majority are travelling their paths as they work their way back to the higher dimensions. There is not as you say a “quick fix” and the only positive way to evolve is through personal experience, although you can also learn from others who have gone before you.

Mother Earth is also taking part in the changes, and these are of a grand scale to prepare for those that will change the very surface of the Earth. Of necessity there will be unavoidable upheaval in some places, but you rest assured that every caution will be taken to avoid loss of life. Some are inevitable but there are also souls that have expressed a desire to leave the Earth. It may sound strange or unlikely that souls would choose to leave in such a way, but release from the physical body is instantaneous. Any trauma associated with such an experience is soon overcome and forgotten. Death as such is painless but is often thought differently and this is usually due to an accompanying illness. Understanding the truth of such an experience as death prevents what is otherwise looked upon by many as a traumatic time in your life. Be assured that as soon as you pass over your loved ones will be there to greet you and make you welcome. Perhaps the most welcome surprise is that you are “whole” again and through the power of thought can also become a young person again, full of health and without any of the problems you may have had whilst on Earth.

I am SaLuSa from Sirius, and have today touched upon life in the higher dimensions, which is far removed from what you have experienced upon Earth. Can you imagine an existence where within certain limitations you can “think” things into existence, therefore money is not needed. That is perhaps the most significant change although as mentioned above, the prospect of permanent good health must be music to the ears of those who have had a life of ill health. You have so much to look forward to so do your best while still on Earth. I leave you with my love and blessings.”

Thank you SaLuSa

Mike Quinsey.   

 

 

 

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A message from Mother

Divine Feminine

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Dear family of light!
As I sat down to channel today I could feel something special in the energies as I connected to them. I usually feel a distinct tingle when I start by grounding myself, but this time, it was as if a stream of love floated up through my entire body up to my heart where it connected with the energies coming in. It was such a powerful but loving experience, my body trembled and it brought tears to my eyes.  As usual, I welcomed the CCs and asked them for today’s message, but this time, they told me that they would “give the floor over to someone else”. And this is the message that came through:

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9 Mind-Bending Epiphanies That Turned My World Upside-Down by David from Raptitude

Over the years I’ve learned dozens of little tricks and insights for making life more fulfilling. They’ve added up to a significant improvement in the ease and quality of my day-to-day life. But the major breakthroughs have come from a handful of insights that completely rocked my world and redefined reality forever.

The world now seems to be a completely different one than the one I lived in about ten years ago, when I started looking into the mechanics of quality of life. It wasn’t the world (and its people) that changed really, it was how I thought of it.

Maybe you’ve had some of the same insights. Or maybe you’re about to.

1. You are not your mind.

The first time I heard somebody say that — in the opening chapter of The Power of Now — I didn’t like the sound of it one bit. What else could I be? I had taken for granted that the mental chatter in my head was the central “me” that all the experiences in my life were happening to.

I see quite clearly now that life is nothing but passing experiences, and my thoughts are just one more category of things I experience. Thoughts are no more fundamental than smells, sights and sounds. Like any experience, they arise in my awareness, they have a certain texture, and then they give way to something else.

If you can observe your thoughts just like you can observe other objects, who’s doing the observing? Don’t answer too quickly. This question, and its unspeakable answer, are at the center of all the great religions and spiritual traditions.

2. Life unfolds only in moments.

Of course! I once called this the most important thing I ever learned. Nobody has ever experienced anything that wasn’t part of a single moment unfolding. That means life’s only challenge is dealing with the single moment you are having right now. Before I recognized this, I was constantly trying to solve my entire life — battling problems that weren’t actually happening. Anyone can summon the resolve to deal with a single, present moment, as long as they are truly aware that it’s their only point of contact with life, and therefore there is nothing else one can do that can possibly be useful. Nobody can deal with the past or future, because, both only exist as thoughts, in the present. But we can kill ourselves trying.

3. Quality of life is determined by how you deal with your moments, not which moments happen and which don’t.

I now consider this truth to be Happiness 101, but it’s amazing how tempting it still is to grasp at control of every circumstance to try to make sure I get exactly what I want. To encounter an undesirable situation and work with it willingly is the mark of a wise and happy person. Imagine getting a flat tire, falling ill at a bad time, or knocking something over and breaking it — and suffering nothing from it. There is nothing to fear if you agree with yourself to deal willingly with adversity whenever it does show up. That is how to make life better. The typical, low-leverage method is to hope that you eventually accumulate power over your circumstances so that you can get what you want more often. There’s an excellent line in a Modest Mouse song, celebrating this side-effect of wisdom: As life gets longer, awful feels softer.

4. Most of life is imaginary.

Human beings have a habit of compulsive thinking that is so pervasive that we lose sight of the fact that we are nearly always thinking. Most of what we interact with is not the world itself, but our beliefs about it, our expectations of it, and our personal interests in it. We have a very difficult time observing something without confusing it with the thoughts we have about it, and so the bulk of what we experience in life is imaginary things. As Mark Twain said: “I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” The best treatment I’ve found? Cultivating mindfulness.

5. Human beings have evolved to suffer, and we are better at suffering than anything else.

Yikes. It doesn’t sound like a very liberating discovery. I used to believe that if I was suffering it meant that there was something wrong with me — that I was doing life “wrong.” Suffering is completely human and completely normal, and there is a very good reason for its existence. Life’s persistent background hum of “this isn’t quite okay, I need to improve this,” coupled with occasional intense flashes of horror and adrenaline are what kept human beings alive for millions of years. This urge to change or escape the present moment drives nearly all of our behavior. It’s a simple and ruthless survival mechanism which works exceedingly well for keeping us alive, but it has a horrific side effect: human beings suffer greatly by their very nature. This, for me, redefined every one of life’s problems as some tendril of the human condition. As grim as it sounds, this insight is liberating because it means: 1) that suffering does not necessarily mean my life is going wrong, 2) that the ball is always in my court, so the degree to which I suffer is ultimately up to me, and 3) that all problems have the same cause and the same solution.

6. Emotions exist to make us biased.

This discovery was a complete 180 from my old understanding of emotions. I used to think my emotions were reliable indicators of the state of my life — of whether I’m on the right track or not. Your passing emotional states can’t be trusted for measuring your self-worth or your position in life, but they are great at teaching you what it is you can’t let go of. The trouble is that emotions make us both more biased and more forceful at the same time. Another survival mechanism with nasty side-effects.

7. All people operate from the same two motivations: to fulfill their desires and to escape their suffering.

Learning this allowed me to finally make sense of how people can hurt each other so badly. The best explanation I had before this was that some people are just bad. What a cop-out. No matter what kind of behavior other people exhibit, they are acting in the most effective way they are capable of (at that moment) to fulfill a desire or to relieve their suffering. These are motives we can all understand; we only vary in method, and the methods each of us has at our disposal depend on our upbringing and our experiences in life, as well as our state of consciousness. Some methods are skillful and helpful to others, others are unskillful and destructive, and almost all destructive behavior is unconscious. So there is no good and evil, only smart and dumb (or wise and foolish.) Understanding this completely shook my long-held notions of morality and justice.

8. Beliefs are nothing to be proud of.

Believing something is not an accomplishment. I grew up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they’re really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because “strength of belief” is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you’ve made it a part of your ego. Listen to any “die-hard” conservative or liberal talk about their deepest beliefs and you are listening to somebody who will never hear what you say on any matter that matters to them — unless you believe the same. It is gratifying to speak forcefully, it is gratifying to be agreed with, and this high is what the die-hards are chasing. Wherever there is a belief, there is a closed door. Take on the beliefs that stand up to your most honest, humble scrutiny, and never be afraid to lose them.

9. Objectivity is subjective.

Life is a subjective experience and that cannot be escaped. Every experience I have comes through my own, personal, unsharable viewpoint. There can be no peer reviews of my direct experience, no real corroboration. This has some major implications for how I live my life. The most immediate one is that I realize I must trust my own personal experience, because nobody else has this angle, and I only have this angle. Another is that I feel more wonder for the world around me, knowing that any “objective” understanding I claim to have of the world is built entirely from scratch, by me. What I do build depends on the books I’ve read, the people I’ve met, and the experiences I’ve had. It means I will never see the world quite like anyone else, which means I will never live in quite the same world as anyone else — and therefore I mustn’t let outside observers be the authority on who I am or what life is really like for me. Subjectivity is primary experience — it is real life, and objectivity is something each of us builds on top of it in our minds, privately, in order to explain it all. This truth has world-shattering implications for the roles of religion and science in the lives of those who grasp it.

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Article by David from Raptitude

DAILY OM ~ Seeing Inside: Sight Versus Vision

Vision comes from within and shows us how to navigate the realms of thought, feeling, and emotion.

DAILY OM ~ June 26, 2014 ~ Seeing Inside: Sight Versus Vision
by Madisyn Taylor

Sight is the ability to see the physical world while vision is the gift of seeing beyond it. Sight enables us to take the physical world in so we can participate in it with knowledge. It brings us pleasure through our eyes, which perceive the colors and shapes of all the myriad expressions of nature and human beings. It helps us feel in control, allowing us to see what is coming toward us, which way we are going, and exactly where we are standing at a given moment. We are able to read signs and books, navigate the interiors of buildings with ease, sense and perceive how a person is feeling by the expressions that cross her face.

As anyone who has lost their eyesight can tell you, though, there are things that are clearer when you cannot see the world through your eyes. One of the reasons many meditation instructors advise sitting with the eyes closed is because we automatically become more in touch with our inner world when we are not distracted by the outer world. It is in this state that vision becomes our mode of seeing. Vision comes from within and shows us how to navigate the realms of thought, feeling, and emotion. It enables us to see things that aren’t yet manifested in the world of form, and it also connects us to that part of ourselves that exists separately from the world of form.

As we age, even those of us with perfect eyesight will generally lose some of our acuity, but this loss is usually replaced with inner vision. This is the time of life when we are meant to turn inside and take what are sometimes the very first steps of a journey that cannot be traced on a map. We call upon intuition and feel our way along a path that ultimately carries us beyond the realm we can see with our eyes and into the land of spirit.