Mastering Self – My Notes

While the audio version of this is airing in podcast on K WAVe 6 Radio, here are my notes for that podcast:

  1. Living in a time when hedonism and narcissism is rampant;
  2. Degrees, diplomas, certificates… anything that speaks of our importance/differences, things that separate, not unite – the documentary Kumaré;Steve+Allen+0001
  3. An inability, or lack of desire to see what is in plain sight, or hidden [though it’s easy to see] – mass media, alternative media – our own ability to discern;
  4. Yielding to popular thoughts and ideas – not learning [because we’re too busy conforming];
  5. Purchasing [material goods] without regard to [the cost on the ecology in] manufacturing;
  6. Spiritual leaders ignored – some should be – the ancient [spiritual leaders that were true leaders for the good of all] were ignored;
  7. Are you a leader, follower, or an individual?
  8. Community vs. Individuality.  Can you be an individual in a/your community?
  9. Can you be “saved” or “ascend” as a community, or only as an individual?

The sentences with square brackets “[ ]” have been added so you can have a better idea of my thoughts.

I hope the nine lines above help you in your quest to Master Yourself.

All the best! 

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How I Became Independent In Thought and Actions

Over this past weekend I had a whole list of things that I wanted to write about, but I couldn’t settle on one subject… but when I thought I had, the subject didn’t have the “fire” that I usually feel when I write.  I wanted to have a post published a few hours ago, but still hadn’t found “that” one thing to write about.

Then, while involved in a chore here at home, I had a thought about why I’ve become so “different” from those I grew up with and many of those that I’ve befriended throughout the years.

I can’t relate what others see in/of me, but that’s just the way life is.  Our experiences are our own, and no one knows or even understands our experiences; they are for the individual.  Our communities may benefit or suffer because of our experiences, but still, those experiences are ours to live and understand, many times, alone.

In the 1960’s, there was a great change in society as we knew it in the 1950’s.  My brothers generation and mine came along when growing your hair long, wearing non-conventional clothes… in short, bucking the system of society was commonplace.  We didn’t want the war in Viet Nam, races and cultures of all backgrounds wanted equality and so much more.  It was a time of social upheaval and liberation!  Many of us took-off on the road of discovery by traveling the country (and some, countries) to discover ourselves.  I was one of them.

Some of the things I learned on my road to discovery was:

  • I can make my own decisions and be confident that MY choices were and are good, not only for me, but for those around me:
  • I can stand on my own two feet and hold my head high – not from arrogance, but because I learned to trust in myself and our Source of life:
  • I learned that people of all cultures have a high-capacity for love, no matter what your background is:
  • I learned to know our Source through many silent hours of hitchhiking and wondering where I was and where I was going – never in fear, but in awe.

While I was remembering and reliving all of this, it dawned on me that this may be a reason many to this day don’t understand me, my words and intentions; why when I put so much emphasis on understanding G-d/Source outside the paradigm of religion, the understanding is lost.

In my days of youth long-lost, it also seemed that the general population was interested in learning, learning from one another as well as from books.  If I were to make an observation of present-day society, I’d say that natural curiosity, the thirst and hunger to understand has been lost to immediate gratification… the desire to have everything immediately.  If it sounds good, it must be right.  Few seem to study beyond the pale of emotional gratification.

In my youth, I thought that this would be an age where knowledge and wisdom would be held in high regard:  I’m sadly disappointed 😦

Recently a friend made a statement that has stayed with me, “You can not change prophecy.  What is written will come to pass.”  If this is true, what’s in store for us within the next two months, or next year?

One thing is for sure…

… we’ll be getting what we have given – we’ll get what we deserve.

 

The Future

 

 

Yesterday, we spoke about states of being and how to make the present what we want, so today, if you’re still practicing yesterdays lesson, let’s extend it out a bit.

As you master the “now“, start thinking about the future – not selfishly, but how to make a better world for you, your family, friends, our extended families in the whole world – yes, the whole world!  Remember, we’re all connected and we’ve seen enough disconnection from the imposed beliefs of “us and them“.  We’ve either partaken in, or witnessed wars waged just because some leader(s) has (have) made a distinction of “us and them“.  We see those (mostly undeclared) wars going on now almost everywhere in the world… right now!

As you learn to master the “now” and while doing so selflessly, you will find the world becomes a better place for all, little-by-little.  Will we change the world?  I doubt it, but I’m only human, like you.  What I do know?  We can change the world around us, through our examples, the way we live, act and react around others (remember my post from this past Friday?).  The change I speak of is not one attained by force, coercion, by insisting one adhere to the beliefs of another… no, by example and honest, yet kind words when asked.  Everyone, including you and I, will only change when we see the genuine need or desire to do so.

How do we make the future better, no matter what it brings?

 

Remember In Peace

Far too often, mankind stoops to its lows by judging others far too much.  Sure, we judge people, as we should; is this person kind?  Is this person loving?  Does this person have a good sense of humor… and so on.  These are judgements that we should practice daily, but when we go beyond these, we cause not only a great deal of pain to others, but to ourselves as well.

Please take the time to read through the following, and share it with those you care about, and if you’re brave enough, with those that you’ve hurt, with a profound apology.

Have a wonderful weekend, and be kind!

Our Paradox

As our technology increases, our common sense, rationale, sense of community and more… decreases.

Here are wonderfully true observations of our lives today: