“My universe is my eyes, and my ears. Anything else is hearsay”
I think that the Eastern spiritual teachings of Confucianism, Buddhism and Zen has got it right long time ago. It’s doesn’t amaze me that a lot of people of other so-called divine religions have found their solace in fathoming the meaning of their turbulent lives, and the endless toil to just get past through a day with the least suffering possible. Only few Middle Eastern philosophers like Mostafa Mahmoud and Gibran who were able somehow with their aesthetic writing, to quietly and nicely without too much arguing or forcing their opinions on their readers. The former had his share as an atheist before getting such knowledge, and the later was exiled long time ago from Lebanon in the United States, and was long criticized for criticizing the church. God bless them bless them both for the enlightenment they have brought to our lives..
The eastern spiritual teachings first had brought the focus back on what matters to humans the most, the being. It starts with a lot of focus on the most sentient being to our knowledge, which is the human. Then they turn to other beings and try to relate how everything is connected to one another. In their teachings, Buddha didn’t assign himself as God, nor as a messenger; he just said that he came out with a collective consciousness, understanding, and teachings on how to go through life, and connect with the creator, super power, source of energy, the universe, God, almighty. His teachings didn’t revere any being over the other. He has worked thoroughly and effortlessly to show the connection, the way to live a harmonious life, through your daily doings your Karma – the fact that people assigned him as a messenger of God, or revered him as a form of enlightened God is a different story. From my point of view, he’s no less than other messengers of God as Koran says in An Nesa 4:164 “And [We sent] messengers about whom We have related [their stories] to you before and messengers about whom We have not related to you. And Allah spoke to Moses with [direct] speech.”
“If we only expose ourselves to ideas that comfort us, we become closed-minded, no matter how compassionate or progressive we claim to be”
Divine religions didn’t fail, people deemed to be representatives of the divine religions have catastrophically failed to represent the religions and evolve with its thinking to match the fast-paced evolution of humanity. I recall the song of Take That “Everything changes but you..” it quite matches this situation. There’s definitely a great deal of liberty needs to be given to divine believers than now. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to think for themselves to know how to understand religions. In divine religions we are taught to fear God more than loving him, we are always reminded with his mighty powers and how he can crush our well, and how interested he is in our genitals and small misdeeds. Which the spiritual teachings have approached the mighty power of the universe from a different perspective. From the perception of relational collaboration between sentient beings, all sentient beings are mighty in the sense of their abilities – though they don’t necessarily understand how all their powers work – yet there is always a mightier power than sentient beings. It also regard sentient beings as important as everything else for the structure and continuity of life on earth. It has achieved the equilibrium between sentient beings and their creator. A warm, trustworthy, friendly and understanding relation between the sentient beings and their creator. It’s simply a relation of love, rather than hate
Eastern spiritual teachings has revered no one, and spoke with equal vigour to all sentient beings. No one is above anyone, no is considered of less or higher status based on anything. We are all sentient beings with a responsibility towards one another and every other our and guidance to all sentient beings. No one is above anyone, no is considered of less or higher status based on anything. We are all sentient beings with a responsibility towards one another and every other beings – be it animals, nature, mountain, water, plants, etc – and speaks clearly without too much allegorical narrations that anyone can fathom and understand
One of the basics that I have finally got to understand after 33 years have passed off. The polarity, duality, or the power of contrast. The yin and yang of life, and how to get through life where we toil at the bigger part of it. I spoke to a lot of friends about the power of contrast, and most of them whenever they pass through a hurdle or a pothole.. they seem to be resentful and ungrateful and living more in anxiety. The very fact that there’s nothing in this universe that can exist without being dependent on the other. You can’t prove a speeding car unless you prove it in relation to the road. You can’t tell the red color unless you the contrast of other colors, you simply wouldn’t know that it is red, unless you relate to something else. Polarity in it’s simplest form, there’s no magnet that doesn’t have a north and south pole, and they both must exist. Head and tail, good and evil. Even you yourself can’t exist without the constant energy that everything else puts into you to manifest yourself in this body. You don’t exist except in my world, and I do not exist except in your world. The sun doesn’t shine unless I observe it. This relational universe where it’s always in a flux, a game of exchanging energies between all beings and one another.
“A man said to the universe:“Sir I exist!”“However,” replied the universe,“The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.””
People think that the universe is under a certain obligation to fulfill your own dreams, and desires. The eternal struggle of humans trying to enforce their well upon the universe is just absurd. The middle way as taught by eastern philosophy talks about how to observe without meddling, how to be conscious by detaching yourself from any preordained misconceptions that has been shoved up your throat through endless iteration of things. The spiritual teachings guides you on how to embrace the daily struggles of life, and go through it like water do. Going the way of least resistance and around whatever comes in your way. When you don’t resist, you have enough energy to focus more on manifesting your way. This will not by any means stop the universe from throwing hardships at you, but it shows you instead that there might be as well a good fortune in this enforced turn. Whatever shows up your way is yours to embrace it, don’t escape from your reality and look back at your past. Don’t get anxious about the future, don’t be hindered by your senses and believe that you know or should know everything. Yes, you can control and understand bigger part of your life, but other parts you also have to accept and will not be necessary anyway to understand it. Do you need to understand how your heart beats, or how your cells get renewed every day. And it doesn’t matter much to know anyways, yet you’re able to see it. The middle way is the art of changing your perception and embracing the “maybe”. Maybe whatever is happening is good, and maybe it’s bad. The art of hoping and focusing your energy on the best, with no expectations. I hope, but I don’t expect things to happen, or not to happen.. it’s a maybe!
So hardships of life is just another side of life that you need to see because you won’t recognize grace and practice gratitude when as you have no reference. How can appreciate health without sickness, how can I appreciate day without night. How can recognize abundance, without lack of it. How can I know black without the white. How can I know you without knowing me?!
Meditation helps a lot in detaching your mind from all the unnecessary things that keeps out of focus during your daily lives. A way to welcome all the thoughts and accepting them, so that they would cease to exist after no attention is being giving. The path of the least resistance, and it gives you a chance to always observe yourself from a higher perspective, to watch the unhealthy patterns that lead you to frustrations, anxiety and sad memories. That naturally happens when you swirl in your thoughts and keep feeding it with your energy until. The thoughts that you consciously feed with your energy day-in-day-out for some time till you program it and push it to your unconsciousness. Where it begins to autorun on daily basis whenever the trigger comes, which is the thought of something in particular. And this is exactly when it goes out of control, and over time you lose track of what you’ve programmed long time ago. This is how you infect yourself with unhealthy programs that keeps sucking you up even in your very stable moments when everything from the surface seems to be working just fine and stable, yet you feel this kind of sudden feelings of ungratefulness
Meditation frees you from the conditioned mind and returns your mind over time to its natural form. State of joy, peacefulness, acceptance and general gratitude without any conditions or triggers from outside. Even in your darkest moments, it teaches you over time to be focused and turn your thoughts on the gratitude side instead of being resentful. The unconditioned mind that is happy on its own, whether things are happening or nothing is happening at all. The mind that has no expectations, it doesn’t recognize past of future but only know. Yes, this is the mind that you can cultivate to serve you instead of being a slayer.
Reality is, there’s nothing that is either good or bad, It’s just your own definitions of things. and it’s to be skewed and different because it’s simply the results of many influences that you have had come through all your life. The influences becomes hindering when it’s too much, or unnecessary and out of place or context. There are no boundaries of you except the ones you put to yourself. You’re the only one hindering you from being anything you are not. You are formless, and the one you are now doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be the same you in few years. You’re only hindering yourself from accepting extremely deviated ideas from your habitual influences won’t grow you, and make you see yourself from the other side
Most of the great thinkers you will find them along their lives have been embracing quite extreme ideas. They had to go and see themselves from the other point of view to reassess and re-evaluate their beliefs. To ensure that it fits their growth and that they are not standing in their own way of being something they are not. Only insecure societies and fragile beliefs – belief, as I see the vast majority of the divine believers only believe but not strong enough to be faith, as they don’t practice their faith with action. They only talk about it nicely, and blindly defend it – tend to be obsessed with their beliefs to the extent that they can harm others, to enforce them to walk the same trajectory that has been imposed upon them since birth
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”
The Middle Eastern mind has a great misconception of extremely opposing ideas, especially when it hits the core beliefs of their religion. The recent gay rights provided in the states have challenged the middle eastern namely devout people. I personally understand that energy put forth into something that humans collectively agreed to be in the direction of the greater mass of gay people in the US. Understanding doesn’t necessarily mean agreeability, I understand, but I don’t agree. We tend to forget that we don’t have black and white, we also have gray; which can also be translated to maybe or in this case, I don’t really care! Not caring means that I am not interested to put forth into energy, accordingly any thinking into a matter that doesn’t either concern me, or needs my attention. I choose to be indifferent, and I can!
“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge”
Your thoughts fueled by your energy day-in-day-out becomes a belief, your beliefs are equal to the point of attraction. This is how you create your reality and how you attract things into your life. You believe that you lack money, and you keep fueling your thoughts with energy. Or maybe the other way around, you are afraid of lack of money and then you keep dwelling into the same spiral of negative thoughts. Then you attract everything that takes away your money, see the universe here doesn’t understand what you want or what you don’t want; it only understand where your energy is being directed. It manifests where your focus goes, which is where the energy goes. So you need to focus on the good and be thankful and feel real gratitude for everything you’ve got, so that you manifest and attract more good to come to you. You shine the sun, and take care of your own breathing, change your cells, and do all the complicated things without even knowing how it works. Your manifest yourself and through other sentient beings in this physical body everyday, can’t you manifest the energy of your desires?! I doubt
You’re just another form of energy that is neither renewable nor depletable. Isn’t this the traits of God?! You’re just another form of God, you’re not a complete God, and there are higher forms of God who is more omnipotent and mightier than you. Don’t think of God in the ordinary form limited by our words, think of it as something that you yourself won’t be able to comprehend it, but may learn how to use and utilize its powers. Only if you train and practice enough, when the universe can trust you, it will give you delegate you and empower you to do more than you’ve every imagined. Leave the world of words, your hindering senses, and your limiting beliefs and ungrateful influences that keep detracting you from your own powers. You need to be able to unlearn something new every day, and put your mind into the deepest opposing ideas you may imagine.. Rumi has summed it all..
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Are you practicing all your mighty power? think again..
Till next time..