I cannot find a way to highlight enough the utter critical importance of not assuming things about people, about the world or about yourself. The mind creates assumptions quickly and we think they are the truth and continue to hold on to them as the truth. The truth however will baffle you, surprise you and make you realise how idiotic and mistaken you’ve been all your life. Therefore, always enquire, always listen hard to try and capture the truth in another’s point of view, always question yourself and your “truths”, always try to let go of your thoughts and opinions, always be humble enough to admit your mistakes and never ever stop learning or fall into the trap of thinking you know it all
JHBSK – 21/08/2012
By Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.
Once I asked a spiritual master whether it was better to meditate to create peace or go out into the world to create peace. He replied with a profound statement which still affects me to this day and which I’m still learning about: “all things are important”. Just let that statement sit with you for a while. Let it absorb into your being. All things are important. What does this mean? It simply means that you should look after everything, every aspect of yourself and others. Anything you make unimportant will die or fade away. Anything you make important will grow. For example, lets take a business. If you focus on all aspects of the business it will grow steadily. If you focus on just a few aspects it will be dying in some aspects and growing in other aspects, so the growth will balance out and perhaps the business will not grow so much. If you focus on just one aspect of business, the business will slowly die a death.
All things are important. Marketing is important. Meditation is important. Strategy is important. Lack of strategy is important. Structure is important. Lack of structure is important. Making things happen is important. Allowing things to happen is important. Humility is important. Ego is important. Light is important. Dark is important. Food is important. Regulating food is important. Exercise is important. Rest is important. Enjoyment is important. Seriousness is important. Being free is important. Having no freedom is important. Being trustworthy is important. Having barriers is important. So all in all, all things are important. When you truly live this statement, your life will continue to grow and flourish each day and you will gain a new level, a new paradigm of balance, happiness and joy in life.
Life is just a flow. If you hold onto money, if you become too attached to it, its like putting your arms around it, putting a barrier around it. Still money can leak away, but the problem is that no money can flow back in. Holding onto money creates a semi-permeable barrier. So attachment causes money to flow out but not flow back in. Instead, if you are wise, you will give up your attachment to the lot or little money you have and allow money to flow in and out freely. You have to be willing to sacrifice more money, no matter how little or lot you have, in order to gain more money. You can only LET GO if you have trust in the Universe, in something greater, in God, in Guru. You have to allow the Universe to flow through you sometimes and stop pretending you can do it all by yourself. You have to have humility and be willing to recognise when you need help. The Universe will never fail you if you have trust in it, if you give in to it, if you bow to it. The moment you do this, the Universe will be at your mercy. You will become the Universe, and the Universe will become you. Sat Naam.
How do you look after your hair? Your scalp is just like the Earth, if looked after properly it remains fertile and allows the roots of the hair to stay strong and healthy, giving rise to healthy hair. Just like the plants must be watered lightly everyday so too must the scalp be watered lightly everyday. Just like the plants require sunlight so too the scalp requires sunlight. Just like the plants from time to time need help in getting rid of their dying leaves and shoots, so too must the hair be combed twice daily forwards and backwards until the scalp comes alive with energy and the dying hair is removed. The hair on the head is one of the greatest evolutionary advances of the 21st Century. The fact that it emerges out of the top of the scalp where the human brain is located signifies its importance in human nature and evolution. Why follow the trends and fashions of society which come and go? Instead, feel how your body comes alive and comes into perfect balance when you live naturally as nature intends. Why fight nature? Instead, embrace nature, accept nature. Allowing your hair to grow is natural. Cutting hair is unnatural. Allowing a plant to grow is natural. Cutting a plant is unnatural. Uncut hair is the modern world’s best kept secret technology to bring the being into balance. It is just another tool to help you live a more conscious life.
When you look at a fruit, do not look at its appearance to determine whether it is a good fruit. It may be sweet or sour. Appearances can be deceiving. Instead, ask yourself what are you looking for? Ask your body what it’s craving. Ask your mind what it needs. Ask your heart what it wants. And then find a fruit that matches your energy in that moment. A fruit which you gravitate towards by virtue of something far greater and more profound than surface appearances. And when you bite into such a fruit you will know that it was made for you in that moment and you were made for it. It will become a part of you and you will become a part of it. This, my darling friends, is the art and science of choosing and eating fruits – a philosophy which extends way beyond just a fruit and becomes the basis of all love, relationships, connection, luster for life and self-consciousness. Do not let appearances deceive you – a fruit may be small, but within it is contained all the secrets of the Universe. Sat Naam.
Neal Barnard MD discusses the science behind food additions. Willpower is not to blame: chocolate, cheese, meat, and sugar release opiate-like substances. Dr. Barnard also discusses how industry, aided by government, exploits these natural cravings, pushing us to eat more and more unhealthy foods. A plant-based diet is the solution to avoid many of these problems. Neal Barnard is the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).