Exit the Prison

Exit the Prison

Imagine a person in a prison. He or she is in prison for life and is waiting for their death.

What can possibly motivate such a person? What does this person have to look forward to in their life?

Sometimes, we are as much prisoners, but prisoners of our thoughts and past deeds. We also have nothing else to look forward to. We only have regrets, resentment, and bitterness. Fortunately, we have an opportunity unlike the prisoner to make changes to our conditions.  With all the depressing and stressful moments that we face, how does one find inspiration when facing conditions such as these?

Turn to Inspiration…..

‘Inspiration’ is defined as a state of mind that propels us to mentally work happily to achieve goals, especially creative goals that allows us to feel good about ourselves.

Exit the prison….

When we are feeling depressed and hopeless, it is difficult for the mind to have thoughts of setting goals. Inspiration is floating everywhere in our surroundings, but it is difficult to identify or connect with it because we feel that nothing can be done. But when we get tired, I mean sick and tired, we begin to seek inspiration to help reemerge positive thoughts, creative ideas, and obtain motivation to set goals.

We begin to seek stories of people who had nothing and turned it into something. We listen to stories about Hellen Keller who overcame many difficulties but yet defeated her adversities. We begin to build confidence when we here about men and women born without limbs that inspire others because they believe that they can do anything and everything because they view themselves as having no limitations. You have taken the first step to exit the prison.

It is at this point that we have insight to the realization that things are really not so bad. This thought begins to bring about other positive thoughts and before you know it you begin to rise.  A slow rise, but with an eagerness. Thoughts of childhood memories and dreams resurface.  Feel good moments imbedded in our subconscious minds helps us to relive the wonderful feelings that were felt during those instances. The second step of exiting the prison has now been taken.

You become inspired. You remember that you were born a creative powerhouse. The child that finished his or her math quiz first. The preteen who won the 4th grade spelling bee.  The teenager who came in first place during the relay race.  Slowly but surely, you take one step at a time.  You are now able to see the light at the top of the stairs.  You are almost there.

Now analyze yourself. Do you have a functioning kidney? Can you see? Can you hear? Can you smell? Are your hands ok? Do have two feet? Will you sell your eyes for any price? No! Who said that you have no money? You are a wealthy person who is unaware of your wealth, Isn’t it?  You are close to your exit.

Now the last step is to think of the goals you want to accomplish. Believe that you can achieve those goals. Start planning. Use your creativity. Think of concepts and ideas. Talk to people. Be ready for a long struggle but with a firm resolve that you will win. At this point, you will exit the prison of your limited thinking and you are now a new person ready to stand in the light to observe the view that has been waiting for you. You are ready to fly.

Get ready for takeoff!! You are a winner in the making!

 

Love is Pure Poetry

Love Is Pure Poetry

Love is addictive. Recent studies support the unpalatable truth that falling in love is, in some ways, isn’t indistinguishable from a severe pathology. Behavior changes are reminiscent of psychosis and, biochemically speaking, passionate love closely imitates substance abuse. Appearing in the BBC series Body Hits on December 4, Dr. John Marsden, the head of the British National Addiction Center, said that love is addictive, akin to cocaine and speed. Sex is a “booby trap”, intended to bind the partners long enough to bond.

Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Andreas Bartels and Semir Zeki of University College in London showed that the same areas of the brain are active when abusing drugs and when in love. The prefrontal cortex – hyperactive in depressed patients – is inactive when besotted. How can this be reconciled with the low levels of serotonin that are the telltale sign of both depression and infatuation, it’s unknown.

The initial drive – lust – is brought on by surges of sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen. These induce an indiscriminate scramble for physical gratification. Attraction transpires once a more-or-less appropriate object is found (with the right body language and speed and tone of voice) and is tied to a panoply of sleep and eating disorders.

A study conducted at the University of Chicago demonstrated that testosterone levels shoot up by one third even during a casual chat with a female stranger. The stronger the hormonal reaction, the more marked the changes in behavior, concluded the authors. This loop may be part of a larger “mating response”. In animals, testosterone provokes aggression and recklessness. The hormone’s readings in married men and fathers are markedly lower than in single males still “playing the field”.

Helen Fisher of Rutgers University suggests a three-phased model of falling in love. Each stage involves a distinct set of chemicals. The BBC summed it up succinctly and sensationally: “Events occurring in the brain when we are in love have similarities with mental illness”.

Moreover, we are attracted to people with the same genetic makeup and smell (pheromones) of our parents. Dr Martha McClintock of the University of Chicago studied feminine attraction to sweaty T-shirts formerly worn by males. The closer the smell resembled her father’s, the more attracted and aroused the woman became. Falling in love is, therefore, an exercise in proxy incest and a vindication of Freud’s much-maligned Oedipus and Electra complexes.

In the February 2004 issue of the Journal Neurolmage, Andreas Bartels of the University College in London’s Welcome Department of Imaging, Neuroscience described identical reactions in the brains of young mothers looking at their babies and in the brains of people looking at their lovers. “Both romantic and maternal love are highly rewarding experiences that are linked to the perpetuation of the species, and consequently have a closely linked biological function of crucial evolutionary importance” – he told Reuters.

This incestuous backdrop of love was further demonstrated by psychologist David Perrett of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The subjects in his experiments preferred their own faces – in other words, the composite of their two parents – when computer-morphed into the opposite sex.

Contrary to prevailing misconceptions, love is mostly about negative emotions. As Professor Arthur Aron from State University of New York at Stony brook has shown, in the first few meetings, people misinterpret certain physical cues and feelings – notably fear and thrill – as (falling in) love. Thus, counterintuitively, anxious people – especially those with the “serotonin transporter” gene – are more sexually active (i.e., fall in love more often).

Obsessive thoughts regarding the Loved One and compulsive acts are also common. Perception is distorted as is cognition. “Love is blind” and the lover easily fails the reality test. Falling in love involves the enhanced secretion of b-Phenyl ethylamine (PEA, or the “love chemical”) in the first 2 to 4 years of the relationship.

This natural drug creates a euphoric high and helps obscure the failings and shortcomings of the potential mate. Such oblivion – perceiving only the spouse’s good sides while discarding her bad ones – is a pathology akin to the primitive psychological defense mechanism known as “splitting”. Narcissists – patients suffering from the Narcissistic Personality Disorder – also Idealize romantic or intimate partners. A similar cognitive-emotional impairment common in many mental health conditions.

The activity of a host of neurotransmitters – such as Dopamine, Adrenaline (Norepinephrine), and Serotonin – is heightened (or in the case of Serotonin, lowered) in both paramours. Yet, such irregularities are also associated with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and depression.

It is telling that once attachment is formed and infatuation gives way to a more stable and less exuberant relationship, the levels of these substances return to normal. They are replaced by two hormones (endorphins) which usually play a part in social interactions (including bonding and sex) – Oxytocin (the “cuddling chemical”) and Vasopressin. Oxytocin facilitates bonding. It is released in the mother during breastfeeding, in the members of the couple when they spend time together – and when they sexually climax.

Love, in all its phases and manifestations, is an addiction, probably to the various forms of internally secreted norepinephrine, such as the aforementioned amphetamine-like PEA. Love, in other words, is a form of substance abuse. The withdrawal of romantic love has serious mental health repercussions.

A study conducted by Dr. Kenneth Kendler, professor of psychiatry and director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, and others, and published in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, revealed that breakups often lead to depression and anxiety.

Still, love cannot be reduced to its biochemical and electrical components. Love is not tantamount to our bodily processes – rather, it is the way we experience them. Love is how we interpret these flows and ebbs of compounds using a higher-level language. In other words….. Love is Pure Poetry.

What are your thoughts. Please leave a comment.

 

Effects of Stress

The Effects of Stress

STRESS, STRESS, STRESS!!! You’ve heard the word a million times. We all know it exist and we deal with it every single day of our lives.  But do you know how stress can affect you.  Did you know that stress will change who you are, what you think, and how you feel?

We all cope with stress in different ways. Many people tend to ignore it. When you ignore stress it can lead to serious physical and mental health problems. Whichever way you choose to deal with stress the fact remains the same, stress does affect you and shouldn’t be ignored.

Choosing to ignore stress puts the body in a state of “dis-ease” and “overload.” It is extremely unhealthy to ignore and let it linger.  When your body functions in a continuous cycle of stress it begins to feed off of your internal organs. As mentioned before, holding on to things that are bothering you could lead to serious health risks. Most of us like to think we’re strong and can handle anything placed before us.

There are no prizes given out for a lifestyle full of hiding and holding on to grudges, anger, bitterness, and guilt. None of these things will matter when stress becomes too overwhelming and explodes into rage.  If you don’t take steps to deplete the stressors that you face, you can’t think as clearly and make mindful decisions that are beneficial.  By the way, why do you want to abuse the energetic and amazing body that were born blessed with?

When the body and mind have been filled with pain and aggravation, it begins to weaken. The signs may not be apparent at first, but the effects of the weakening process will change who you are and why you exist. The physical health of your body will begin to decline and exhibit significant health risks such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and gastric problems. It can also lead to weight gain, premature again and simply feeling more aches and pains.

Stress is a capable killer. It needs to be taken seriously by everyone – no exceptions.  In an article published by WebMD, 75%-90% of doctor visits are stress related ailments.

You cannot run from stress. Stress can and will catch up to us no matter where you flee to or where you attempt to hide. Instead, you must face the challenge head on. You cannot let stress beat you down to the state of being unrecognized and lost.

At this stage you are irritable, agitated, exhausted, hopeless, defiant, submissive, and antisocial. You stop exploring the joys of life and instead dwell on the evils. You lose all concentration and enter into denial. You stop communicating with the outside world. You give up on hope and latch on to despair. You become a lost soul.

Learn to manage your stress in a positive way. Learn to cope with it effectively and to channel it. You don’t have to let the little things wear you down. Thrive to have bigger things fall into your lap.

Take the time to think about the situations confronting you. Then decide on how you can use it to move forward. Harness the energy normally wasted on stress and use it to fuel your ambitions. Don’t be afraid of stress. Instead let it affect you in a positive way.

 

Stress affects each person in different ways. It doesn’t have to alter your personality. It doesn’t have to be a demon. It does not have to cause chaos in your life or those you love. Learn to manage your stress, avoid costly hospital visits, and be the winner in stressful situations.

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What is Spiritual Awakening?

Take a look at an Indian Guru or a Buddhist Monk and you’ll notice a state of bliss that emanates from their countenance in the dreamy look in their eyes. Since most people, especially those living in the city, are pervaded by stress in an environment where deadlines, expectations, and goals are at the forefront of their thoughts, the urge to disentangle oneself from worldly worries and insipid thoughts can take its hold every once in a while.

To remove themselves of these stressors, some resort to travel and some depend on the company of friends. But after the weeding out of negative thoughts, an individual will most likely find himself in the midst of stress again once he goes back in the strangle of the real world. So how is that one finds solace after initial attempts? Let’s explore these two words:  Spiritual Awakening.

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL AWAKENING? Spiritual awakening is a process that takes place in an individual’s being. It involves heightened consciousness, enlightenment, and transcendence. How do we exactly reach this state? Does it involve secluding ourselves in one solitary room and concentrating as hardly as we can? Maybe so, but the act of achieving spiritual awakening is a much more sophisticated process.

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING THROUGH MEDITATION

A full understanding of how our minds works is instrumental in this endeavor. Everything tangible and intangible thing around us are all products of the mind and its processes. What we sense in our surroundings in a mere product of the limited Human perception. For example, color.  Color is just a quality assigned by the brain in accordance to different degrees of wavelengths.

So color in itself is just an illusion and we can’t really tell that red or blue is absolute truth when describing specific objects. Let’s attempt an exercise for understanding. Thus knowing that our mind is limited by the interpretations of the human brain, we will need to do away with the mind while trying to attempt this exercise. Look at the mind like a casual observer and treat it as something that is separate from our selves. Try to relax and concentrate and ensure that you are in a location secluded from outside interference.

Imagine that you are in an invisible dome and that the mind is outside, where thoughts and fantasies are unable to penetrate. If you achieve this, profound silence will ensue, and you will feel that you are free of the mind. You’ll feel enormous and encompassing. While in the state of this heightened consciousness, you will have a glimpse of reality, as opposed to the false reality that our mind perceives. You will feel peaceful and a sense of connection with everything will be felt in a more profound manner.

PRACTICE IS FUNDAMENTAL

This takes a lot of practice and discipline. As it is inherent that you give yourself the opportunity to be alone and in a place where nothing can disturb you. Through constant practice, achieving spiritual awakening will be second nature to you and this heightened consciousness will last longer. Most important of all, this practice can help you improve the quality of your life.

Esotericism Insight

There is more to Truth and Reality than what elementary minds would want to pursue and consider. It often seems more comfortable to sit in the dark where we see nothing than to face the blinding light. Is the blindness both blissful ignorance and/or initial shock that eventually offers solace to the soul. It is the courageous individual that seeks Truth no matter how painful or shocking it may be. Humankind may be categorized into two distinct groups, those that seek Truth and those who are devoted and satisfied with dogmas and creed:

1) “The Many,” the believers, those who are devoted and satisfied with the dogmas of their creed and resistant to any teachings that contradicts and upsets their beliefs and faith including the higher revelations of the Paraclete or the Holy Spirit.

2) “The Few,” the seekers, those who are jaded with irrational faiths and creeds that do not satisfy the intellect nor the growing conscience of the inner self and who seek spiritual knowledge and experience to fill the empty   heart of spiritual yearning. St. Martin, the co-founder of Martinism, calls this second group, “Men of Desire.”

Realizing this division within humankind ever since the spring of existence, the higher intelligences that oversees the evolution of man instituted religions with dual sections that catered to the two types of men. It has been acknowledged by the spiritual guardians, the “Minor Spirits” of Martinism that the masses of man are as yet too immature to participate in their own salvation and the unfoldment of their divinity. Only the few had the capacity of doing so. Religion, therefore, has its mysteries, an esoteric side to its nature, established for the nurture and nourishment of those few who were qualified to receive the higher teachings that would stimulate the awakening and unfoldment of their divine consciousness, their seed potential of Christhood or Buddhahood and establish them firmly on the path of discipleship, that they may become initiates of the Holy Spirit.

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” (1Co:2:7)

Religion, to be of value, should reach the hearts of men standing at various grades of the evolutionary ladder, as depicted in the symbolism of Jacob’s dream. Its doctrines and precepts should include both elementary and advanced teachings of cosmic laws that would assist man in fulfilling the ancient threefold injunction: “Know thyself, know thyself as God, and know thy enemy.” Teachings suitable for the few are called “esoteric.” St. Paul called such manna “meat,” in contradistinction to the “milk” suitable for the many–or the “babes”–those whose soul-experience, personal evolution, and consciousness are still on the elementary level.

Origen, one of the early Fathers of Christianity, taught that only when the members of the church’s congregation ceased to do evil would the esoteric side or secret mysteries be revealed. Sinners were told not to sin, but notwithstanding the simplicity of this precept, the early Christian following found it difficult to put this teachings into practice and sincere seekers, as a result, became scarce. Gradually, the portal of the “straight and narrow gate” was closed and withdrawn from the Christian institution and its existence forgotten by lay members and priesthood alike. The “keys” to the Kingdom of Heaven were no longer in the hands of the Apostle Peter’s successors–the very nature of these “keys” are unknown to most religious representatives of God, even more so to the lay follower. The latter is unconscious of its existence.

Nowadays, blind leaders mislead their equally blind followers with a salvation based on a false interpretation of the scriptures. But this condition has actually always existed in the past in the temples of religious instruction. The Master Jesus was very vocal regarding these mis-leaders of the Spiritual Law.

Religion in its original intent was meant to convey to the minds and hearts of man at a certain point of his mental and spiritual development the Secret Wisdom of the Ages. Humankind is expected to be responsible for their own salvation and freedom from the bondage of matter. Since man is evolving and progressing toward the Light, revelation would need to be continuous to satisfy man’s constant inquiry, growing awareness and comprehension of the Nature of Being, the ontology of his Soul. Resistance to further revelations of the “Comforter,” is an act of fanaticism and causes the evolutionary impulse of the resisting one to stall and prolong the sleep of consciousness in the tomb of matter.

It was the opposition of gnostic, Ancient Wisdom, and progressive revelation that caused the esoteric side of religions, particularly Christianity, to withdraw formally from the outer, exoteric work and form themselves into secret societies and Orders, preserving the secret teachings in their archives. It is the esoteric side of religion that infuses life into the institution as a whole. Religion without the mystical aspect, becomes a farce, a sham, and a fertile field for corruption. Dogmas and foundationless beliefs and faiths simply insult human intelligence, and the rebellion of the human soul struggling for enlightenment occurs as a natural result.

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Clearing Space for Feng Shui

Feng Shui is a Chinese practice based on the Taoist vision and understanding of the harmony with nature and how cultural and social issues are influenced by cosmology, metaphysics, and energy. Feng meaning – Wind and Shui meaning – Water.  The idea that wind and water is essential for good health and fortune.

In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune. Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.

The Chines practice associates having good feng shui with clutter management. Clutter is the biggest hindrance you can have for the best flow of chi, prosperity and goodness in your life. However, few people are able to manage their clutter wisely. On a daily basis, we get tons and tons of stuff don’t really need or use for a long time. Follow these quick tips to help reduce clutter and invite good Feng Shui.

Anti-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 1: Sort Mail as It Comes

Mail is one of the top sources of clutter. Bills are not just stressful if mismanaged and stashed somewhere in your home, but it is also contributes to clutter in your home. To keep a good flow of Feng Shui constantly sort and screen your mail.  Keep important mail and papers in a categorized file for neatness.  Discard mail and papers that you no longer need.

Anti-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 2: Spot Clean and Clear out things on Daily to avoid Major Cleanings

If you are not getting into the habit of daily spot cleaning and clearing out and sorting things clutter will be a problem.   Exercise your cleaning powers on a daily basis, to apply good Feng Shui not just on a schedule.  Besides, a big cleaning day takes too much time and is involve more work.  Start with keeping one area clean every day thus managing a good daily cleaning system.

Anti-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 3: Clean as you work

When working on a project, clean as you go. Don’t leave papers and supplies lying around the table.  Keep papers and other things well sorted and stacked neatly.  When you leave your desk neat without clutter, your space is ready to begin working when you are ready, your thoughts flow clearer, and you invite good Feng Shui.

Anti-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 4: Be generous with your belongings

Don’t hoard things that you no longer use. Give them away.  This is a rule of thumb for clearing clutter and to keep areas clean.  Be generous, the things you are not using or have not used in a long time can benefits someone else who is in need.  Are they just holding up space and collecting dust anyway?  Give someone else an answer to their problem.  Let Feng Shui flow effortlessly threw your home.

Anti-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 5: Dust frequently 

Dusting frequently helps keep your place clean. Dust in accumulation forms the clutter and clutter should be avoided in Feng Shui.

Anti-Clutter Feng Shui Tip 6: Evaluate what you are keeping in your space

Sometimes we hold on to things that we think we will need. If necessary, ask someone to help you evaluate the things that you hoard in your home.  There are certain things that we are emotionally attached to and can’t seem to get rid of.  What you may be holding so dearly and refuse to part with may not just be a sign of bad Feng Shui but may also be a sign of a hoarding problem. Clear your mind, detach yourself from what you are hoarding. You will not only relieve yourself from attachment issues but you will allow space for good Feng Shui.

Enlightenment

Many people believe that enlightenment is one state. It is also a belief that when it is attained, a person is forever in that state.

Enlightenment is not just one state but is a progressive and gradual establishing of levels of consciousness. Enlightenment happens in a stages of self-actualization and self-discoveries.

Usually there is a difference between an initial awakening and a later stabilization of that stage that happens through practice or experiences. The initial awakenings are new discoveries about the dynamics of consciousness, while the stabilization stage is the assimilation of what is being discovered into one’s life experience. Sometimes a new discovery can completely overrule or modify an older one.

Almost all stages of enlightenment can be said to be associated with Presence. However, the enlightening Presence comes in various degrees of intensity and clarity. The degree of intensity is directly dependent on the level and depth of one’s clarity as well as one’s realizations and discoveries.

As one progresses along, the relationship or connections of oneself to the universe and existence at large also becomes clearer.

An illustration of the progressive and stage-based nature of enlightenment.

When you begin to meditate, you may first experience the all-pervading Presence. This Presence, is most often experienced when thoughts are momentarily suspended. This Presence which exists in the Eternal Present Moment is our true self.

Such an experience can be classified as an awakening to the true self, the “no-self”. This is a result of the Presence to have disappeared after the meditation.  If it is difficult to understand and find the connection of presence to our everyday life it will be difficult to re-acquire the Presence.

It takes many stages and series of realizations to understand the relationship of Presence to our phenomenal world. It can be said that the prolonged sustaining of Presence is dependent on the stages and depth of realization.

The reflection of absolute is “I AM”. During earlier stages of meditation, it may be mistaken for another state to be the pure presence.   Do not mistaken “I AM” for pure presences.  This happens when the thinking mind creates a reflective image of Pure Presence.

In order to pass through the ‘I AM’ stage, the person must move into deeper understandings. These understandings may include realizing that one’s personality is not the doer of action. This stage may persist for a while before the person recognizes the illusion of subject-object division.

This stage involves recognizing the hypnotic impression of there being an observer and the being observed. Here is where one begins to see through the illusionary nature of our phenomenal world.

You can see from the above description that enlightenment is not so straight-forward after all it is gradual and progressive.

Climb aboard the ship to the journey of Enlightenment.

Get Rid of Toxins in 2017

Detox this New Year and feel Fabulous!

It is very beneficial to detox with organically sourced and grown products. The advantage is that the products do not further add chemical and other negative substances into the body while the detox regiment is being carried out.

Organic detox  diets  cleanse  each  internal  organ  to  improve digestion  and  eliminate  unwanted  negative  properties from  the  body.  The  following  are  just  a  few recommendations  if  one  is  interested  in  trying  simple  and accessible detox programs.

To eliminate abdominal bloating, gas, and flatulence, detox the digestive and gastrointestinal system. It is recommended that the detox  diet  consist  of  organic whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, millets, oats, legumes, fruits,  vegetables  and  small  amounts  of  non-saturated  fats like flax seed, olive, canola and hemp seed oils.

To clear the colon, detox using lemons as the main ingredient. The idea is to help the colon clear waste, while giving the pancreas, liver, and kidneys a chance to recharge. Use a combination of lemons, filtered water, organic maple syrup, and organic cayenne pepper for this detox program.

To remove free radicals from the blood stream, strawberries can do the work. Combing 1 pound of roughly chopped strawberries, honey, and orange peel into a blender until it is blended into a smooth puree. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes then serve.

The vegetable super juice is also another great detox regiment to follow. It awakens the digestive system and it is a gentle and nutritious way to get the body prepared for the day ahead. The ingredients needed are 1 whole cucumber, 4 sticks of  celery,  2-4  handfuls  of  spinach,  8  lettuce  leaves. Juice/blend all the ingredients with distilled water and add lemon to taste.