Saturday, April 23, 2016

RETURNING THE FAVORS

The following quote comes from The Second Ring of Power by Carlos Castanda. The quote from don Juan  Matus  says this: If a warrior wants to pay back for all the favors he has received, and he has no one in particular to address his payment to, he can address it to the spirit of man. That's always a very small account, and whatever one puts in it is more than enough.


So today I would like to give thanks for all the favors I have been fortunate enough to receive. And that payment I make is to give all of you my best regards and to say I love you. What you decide to do with this gift is entirely up to you. But I do hope you take it and allow it to make your moment a little brighter. And if so, may I ask you to send this favor on to whomever you choose. May the "Battles" of your moment be easy ones indeed!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SO YOU GOT A PROBLEM, NOW WHAT

What a beautiful world we have for us to live in and enjoy. No man, woman, or child will ever live long enough to see and experience all the wonders that lie before us. It would benefit all of us to not waste much time worrying about our "problems" since that would take away precious time we have to experience the "good" things. But it seems that too many times we had rather focus on the problems thereby wasting valuable moments. I would like to share with you a quote from Richard Bach"s book title "ILLUSIONS".


"There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts."


 I full heartedly agree with that! It has been my personal experience to see that each problem I have had an encounter with has only served to make me take an honest look within. And by doing that it has helped me to grow in Spirit and hopefully to become a better person. I realize all of us have many difficult times in our lives. There is just no way to prevent those problems that life gives us. But if we honestly try to take each event and use it to look at ourselves, I feel that will eventually make us see the truth that a problem is indeed our friend. With that being said, I do hope all the problems you have to face will be few. And when faced with one, may you take a moment or two and look deeply within  and find the "gift" that life has given you. May your love light shine brightly and gently touch everyone that you meet along the way!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

WE ARE FAMILY

No matter who you are, no matter what color of your skin, no matter what your beliefs, and no matter where you are, we are just one big family. And yes, families do have their differences and trouble within at times, but it doesn't change the fact we are all ONE. And personally I feel it is time for us to start loving each other whether we even know each other or not. In Richard Bach's book titled Illusions, he wrote the following quote which I want to share with you. It states: The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. I have to totally agree with that saying. And my hope is that each one of us will see that we all need to start treating everyone as if they were a loving member of our immediate family. As you begin the new week ahead I hope it will be filled with much love, peace, and understanding.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

JUST HOW IMPORTANT ARE ANY OF US?

Todays quote is from Don Juan which appears in Castaneda's book, The Wheel of Time. It reads as follows:


Dwelling upon the self too much produces a terrible fatigue. A man in that position is deaf and blind to everything else. The fatigue itself makes him cease to see the marvels all around him.




I find this quote to be very interesting. As I look back in my past I have been surprised to find that my "EGO" self has been demanding to get everyone to listen to me. I have tried for way too long to be everybody's friend. Please don't get me wrong, I still try to treat everyone with as  much love and respect as I can. And I do love everyone. But for way too long I have felt it necessary to get others to see my point of view on things. Slowly I have learned that it is not my responsibility to "save" anyone, or to see that everybody does understand my position on things. And like the afore mentioned quote I have allowed my ego self at many times in the past to think it is something bigger than it is. Many years ago I had what I term---Saving the world syndrome---. Thankfully I have now learned that it is not up to me to "fix" anyone. If someone does get even a small dab of good from what I say or write about, then that is my intent. But now I realize my "acts" serve no purpose other than me following my heart. Like the quote says--it will wear a person out if he or she is constantly thinking and acting from the ego. And by focusing too much on one's self, well, that will quickly tire out anyone. So in my later years I have learned (and still learning) that all I need do is to follow my heart, do what I feel is best not only for myself but for everyone, and then just let it all go. As Don Juan taught, which I hope to discuss at a later date, after one sets his or her intent to any particular act and then carries out this deed , then they should not worry about whether the act itself was "good" "bad", or anything in between. He just lets it go and awaits for the next act that calls to him. I have come to find out that when I am able to live in this way, I do have plenty of opportunities to look at all the wonders that surround me daily. And as a result, I find myself way more energetic and much more happy. I feel one has to "own" all of their actions instead of placing blame or bad luck or anything else to it. It is ok to screw up just as long as one learns the lesson that his actions brought about. I now leave all of you wonderful folks with thoughts of pure unconditional love, perfect peace, and perfect enlightenment. May you do yourself a good deed by doing something nice for someone just because you can. Then you will know what it feels like to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problems this world faces. I bless you all!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

THE TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN

Some of you may be familiar with Don Juan, but in case he is not known to you please allow me to introduce you to some of his teachings. Don Juan Matus was  a Yaqui Indian shaman from Mexico. Carlos Castaneda was mentored by Don Juan and wrote several books based on what he learned from Don Juan. The ancient shamans were taught to see the world we live in as only an illusionary experience. They claimed to be able to see a ball of energy in each human being they met. According to them we are all connected by strands of energy that radiate outward from us to connect with all. If you have never read any of Castaneda's books I think you may like them. But again, maybe not. I have been rereading one of the books titled The Wheel of Time. In this book Castaneda shares some quotes from books published. I plan on sharing some of his work with all of you in the following weeks. First, I will write the quote and then explain what it means to me. Again this will only be my opinion and nothing else. But I do hope you will get some good out of Don Juan's teachings like I have. Don Juan called the shaman's path  those of a warrior. To the ancient shamans one must strive to take the path of a warrior if one is to be free from all the illusions of this 3d world of ours. I'll begin with the following quote which comes from The Wheel of Time.


Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever has to be learned must be learned the hard way.
A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it. When a man has fulfilled all four of these requisites-- to be wide awake, to have fear, respect, and absolute assurance--there are no mistakes for which he will have to account: under such conditions his actions lose the blundering quality of the acts of a fool. If such a man fails, or suffers a defeat, he will have lost only a battle, and there will be no pitiful regrets over that.




My thoughts on this is a s follows. Nothing is a gift. How right is that! We humans often times receive something and call it a gift. But I believe that somewhere along the line the recipient of the gift has earned it in some way. I also have come to see that some of the gifts we do receive come to us in a way we do not like to see. At first glance that is. Most of my dearest "gifts" have come when I am suffering in some way. The suffering I despise turns out to be one of the biggest lessons, which in turn help me as I try to become the best human being I possible can. Sadly, lots of us had rather be in anguish over some event in our lives, than to accept that anguish as just an opportunity to learn. I have found that the harder the suffering , the greater it turns out to be. Yes, it takes me time to see and fully understand why I am plagued with what seems to be turmoil. As always, this turmoil turns out to teach me my greatest lessons. As for going for knowledge, we all must learn who we are and what we are supposed to be doing. O ne must have a reverent awe about this life and must constantly be alert to what he or she is thinking. I don't believe that Don Juan was speaking of fear in the way we sense fear most of the time. To me, it means not to be afraid to seek knowledge but to use the fear in a positive way. Kind of like when I am faced with a big decision about something, I have to realize I may be fearful of the outcome but that I still have to face that fear head on. And also to give that decision all the respect it deserves. And when I make that decision being wide awake, having fear and respect for the outcome, and having assurance that the outcome will be as it is supposed to be, even if it is not the result I was seeking, then things are as they should be. If my decision turns out to be a not so good one I will only have lost that battle, and I will not carry regret around with me like old baggage. As Don Juan taught, a warrior must be light and never look back at his actions. He knows his actions were everything but also they were nothing. That will be a subject I hope to talk about later. To the uninitiated  a lot of Don Juan's teachings might sound quite contradictory, but when one becomes enlightened it becomes quite clear. I now leave all of you with thoughts of pure unconditional love, perfect peace, and understanding. Be good to yourself and even better to others!



Friday, March 18, 2016

HOLDING ON TO BELIEFS

Its been said that we all need something to believe in. Think I may agree with that but at times I do question it. I read a quote from Raymond Charles Barker  which said: You cannot have a rigidity of belief and have a creative flow of ideas.  I know I agree with that one. As I think upon that quote I am reminded of just how hard it is for me at times to give up a rigid belief just because I have held it for so long. I must admit that when I am doing inner maintenance on my belief systems I really don't like finding out that I may have been wrong so often. None of us particularly like admitting we were wrong. Hey, and I'm wrong a lot. But knowing this does help me to keep an open mind on all of my beliefs. And if something speaks to my heart  and tells me I have been wrong I honestly try to replace my old beliefs with a new one which rings more true. It must be true that if we do hold on too tightly to a belief, then we are choking our ability to have a new and more creative flow of ideas. I have also found out that if one just tries to surround themselves with people who believe the same way they do, what chance to they then have to even entertain the thought of a new idea about things? Maybe all of us would do ourselves a favor if we let the grip on our beliefs loosen up just a bit. And then maybe we will learn a new way of living. Personally , I always find myself going back to that old adage of Live and let live. Your beliefs and my beliefs may seem to be the exact opposite but if we examine them real closely we may find they are really not that different after all. I continue to hold my belief that one day the entire world will learn to live as one. And that we will be able to accept and love even those who don't believe as we do. Whatever your beliefs I hope it brings you much love, peace, and enlightenment. And hopefully you will share your belief with others but not tell them it is the only "right" way to think. May all of us start taking the advice found in the Bible which says to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And maybe the words from a Garth Brooks tune (When the world's big enough for all different views, when we all can worship from our own kind of pews, we shall be free). May all of you have the most loving and joyful weekend ahead!