May 1

We all know the importance of the state of our directing consciousness of mind.

We know that our own mind plays a vital role in determining a happy and successful life.

However interested we may become in studying the mind and its processes we must remember that our emotions have and equal, and sometimes superior power to help us or hinder our life aims.

We are handicapped if we do not understand the essential co-operation that must be arrived at between our thinking self and our feeling self to the extent that we must include in  our self awareness adventure the understanding and culture of our emotional being.

There are old guidelines of value such as –  “When there is an internal battle between the head and the heart, choose the heart!”  Another that says “The mind can often lead you astray, the heart never.”

We must make our own choices in assessing whether our live is valued as a thought or a feeling state, but it is unlikely that happiness, peace or love will be seen as predominantly thought.

It is only our own wisdom or intuition that each must use to determine when and how to blend and apply these two aspects of our nature.

 

 

Jan 27

1. Practise Relaxation of the mind to allow subconscious activity to calm prior to Meditation.
2. Practise Meditation by simple reference to your personal affirmations and sources of inspiration
3. Balance input or ‘feeding’ the mind with material of others with attention to the expression of the creative ideas and concepts born of your own thought.
4. Remember the magic of the term ‘balance’ as an aid in assessing values of everything.
5. Beyond all complex intellectual activity there resides an innate faculty that is invaluable and termed ‘common sense’.
6. The innermost wisdom within us all always is our retreat when suffering a troubled mind.
7.  Mind without emotional support remains sterile.

Dec 8

When beginning to question ourselves we seek to be aware of the extent of our knowledge and feel confident to dip into that pool of knowledge we already possess.
When it comes to deeper issues rather than mere practical ones, we are less sure of ourselves. Most of us have not taken time to make a study of human nature and psychology that reveals that we have different layers and degrees of conscious awareness other than the two we are in the habit of describing as states of being “asleep” or “awake” and it is understandably the latter that is our main concern here as the realms of unconsciousness demand much deeper study.
So when we are in what we consider is our normal state of consciousness or wakefulness we are selective and free to choose to focus upon whatever we wish whether it is a mundane task or a serious intellectual study. So there is potential for great differences between us as individuals in our natural inclinations when combined with the power of free will and choice.
Whatever we choose as our focus to study; whatever we choose to consciously think about; we are increasing our self confidence as our knowledge and interest grows and most importantly our direct experiences in applying what we know. This is the hardest of all but is assisted by our ability to prioritise and to concentrate with perhaps the added vital ingredient for success – to add enjoyment to whatever we are doing.
Our first discipline then is to become aware of our thought processes, to understand them and to then learn to channel them as we harness them to our ultimate life aim or aims.
Consciousness expands beyond just being aware, to a deliberate exploration and development of our human mind and its talents and capacities. Our journeying from a degree of enquiry to certainties and from certainties to further paths.  These in turn promise us a degree of wisdom – that allows us to live at peace within our own being.
It is experience that is our teacher as it is our intuition that points the way.
That somewhat misunderstood and mysterious faculty we call our ‘conscience’ is that part of our intelligence that saves us from dangerous or impulsive choices and we must consider as our ever present friend that reminds us to be aware.
Expansion of our awareness develops ever widening sensitivity towards nature and other people so that our personal consciousness or intelligence comes to embrace a wider and wider sphere…and to fulfil the limitless potential of human consciousness to embrace Life itself.

 

Jul 21

The laws of evolution and growth encourage us all to expand and grow in consciousness towards eventual comprehension both of the internal realms of our own psyche and mental environment as well as the vast cosmic spheres of life outside our limited individuality.
Consciousness is the Experiencing and we are the Experiencer, functioning with a mixture and often a blend of sensation, emotion, thought and soul that constitute the ‘I’.
It is within the enduring and eternal aspect of the ‘I’, that we call the soul that resides the intelligence that blends all of our life experiences to arrive at a degree of wisdom. Here reside the true guideposts to help us learn and grow towards our finest capacity and expression as human beings.

Jul 21

AWAKENING……

We need an Awakening, an increased awareness of the life and potential of human existence, both physically and spiritually. At this present time we have ‘lost the plot’ and must regain harmony and balance in our way of life, individually and socially. Chaos rules when we have no law and moral values to contain the physical and mental disease that increasingly becomes a symptom of chaos.
We must find a way to return to natural law or the spiritual law that directs evolution and in application to human life, will return us to nobility and true progress.
The destruction of our present civilization is prophesized and is motivating many to re-evaluate our present ways and circumstances and to seek and overall remedy. All have arrived at the need to curb the destructive influences, not only of political terrorism but of impurities of heart and mind reflected in our music and arts that were once the tonic for human psyche.
Can each of find a degree of courage required to stand up and employ our true intelligence and be prepared to curb the darkness and negative state around us? This we could do by expressing the need for health not only in body but in the creations that come from the minds of those in positions to remain loyal to the enduring values of culture but who choose to promote the dark side with its inherent ugliness and violence. Our ‘entertainments’ have become perverse.
To ensure that we have the option to continue life on this planet we must all make effort to avoid giving life to the evils and put our enthusiasm into positive channels.
If we cannot succeed now it may be that the dire predictions that travel swiftly along the invisible links of the Web of communication may be realized.

 

Apr 5

The power of music is never fully appreciated, that is melodic, harmonious music that has been created over the centuries and has left us the monumental range of all the classical range involving our favourite instruments and themes. Whether by concert, radio or electronic means we have an almost overwhelming list of choices that can make us sing, dance or just listen.

However, the commercial world has been overburdened with productions of modern sounds and styles that do not please the ear and mind in the same way, and in fact create problems when volume of one person’s choice invades another’s space and air waves. There are ways to minimize what one considers negative sounds but no one so far has been able to come up with – a need to silence the persistent drumbeat that can even vibrate through the pillow when trying to sleep.

So we have to make full use of what is available in technology and expert musical exponents and use sound to pervade our own magical world with the music we really love and that lifts our spirits, or relaxes us according to our need. We are so fortunate in life today, beyond any extent that could have been imagined a century ago, to possess the affordable basic equipment we need to play the current method of recording. All we need is to organize our time to fully enjoy it.

Music that could be called background music is very different usually from what we would deliberately choose to listen to in full attentiveness. This is really the music that can be magical in its effect when we give our whole attention without distraction. Then we can surrender to the sound and let it influence us and our mood if we choose. When one can totally let go and in a relaxed state of mind and body listen to beautiful music, it becomes a special experience.

One should not have a preconception that there is a right and wrong was to listen and that we should have knowledge or skill in music in order to appreciate it.
Music is an experience of feeling – and therefore is associated with the emotions rather than the mind.

Pleasant familiar melodies remind us of past happy times but we can also sing to express our happy moods or sing in order to create a happy feeling. We also have the lullaby to help put a young one to sleep and so discover the power of using our own voice.

Music records ideas, memories, moods, that can calm, excite us or make us obey, as we march to a drum and when we explore the full range of those artists who have developed the most wondrous skills either in voice and in use of a musical instrument, we should soon find the magic we seek to add another dimension to our pleasure in life.

 

Mar 30

Because so many have gone before us and are confident enough to offer guidance or give us a hint of what is the key to life’s mysteries, we are injected with certain courage to go in a certain direction or follow a particular method. And because inevitably we must make any method our own if we are to arrive at our own understanding, we must be able to practise and so measure it by the results.

However, because in our culture complexity is the fascination, any philosophy that prescribes simple application of universal principles tends to be neglected, in spite of the thousands of reminders we maintain in our cultural records that teach us otherwise.

In seeking how to be healthy for instance, when once the physical natural laws for health are acknowledged, application must follow and this is difficult enough; to seek in addition to apply the psychological disciplines of emotion and thought that are required for our reason and for our happiness is even more demanding; to feel free to listen to the inner guidance of our own soul and intuition is given less time and attention; to seek to identify with our experiencing soul consciousness that allows us to feel at one with the great Universal Consciousness is the most rarified aspiration and yet the most fundamental Reality a human being needs to know.

It is not by thinking but by feeling that we experience and satisfy this spiritual need to arrive at truth. We may think we are alive – but we must feel we are alive. Our thoughts may guide us but it is only by feeling that we find the key, whether from within our internal world of intuition or by expanding our love capacity to embrace life, we seek for Life to embrace us.
And depending upon aspiration and our capacity to surrender to It, whether from within or without, Life will claim us in equal measure and we will discover the truth we seek…. when we are able to be still and our scattered thoughts are silent.

 

 

Sep 3

In meditating one aim is for a harmonious flow of thought awareness rather than erratic statements of thoughts and ideas without a common thread.

In meditation one’s self consciousness of thought changes to a state beyond the process of thinking – a state of higher awareness or Being.

We learn to build a bridge between the higher feeling states of Being and the earthly personality with its differing realities.

Through meditation one learns to manage the mind and its resources.

Creativity of thought is the natural outcome of meditation in an environment where the mental soil is fertile.

Our minds create the atmosphere in which our thoughts and ideals take root and grow, or wither.

To maintain a state of integrity or interconnection between the higher regions and lower consciousness ensures the ‘magical’ capacity of the mind is free to function.

We seek to blend the higher states of consciousness that we touch in Meditation with the lower spheres of our personality and to anchor them within the body so that our actions become charged with spiritual vitality, enthusiasm and power.

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Jul 28

Put the mind in order and train it dispassionately to establish a true perspective on life.

Clear out mercilessly all accumulated rubbish in your personal environment – your inhibitions, false values, greed, uncertainties, indecisions,

restlessness, excitement, anger, fear, envy or hatred.

From your heart’s centre, free of selfishness, allow love to grow and blossom to provide the soul’s safe haven until thought has its final flight and the spirit swims free at last in the sphere where only Love reigns.

Feb 25

Think strong thoughts and we become strong

Think mean thoughts will make us mean

Think loving thoughts and we become loving

Think cruel thoughts makes us cruel

Think peaceful thoughts and we come to peace

It is a fact of life that we become an expression of our total thought

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