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Aries Rising Meaning - Aries in the First House - Simona Rich - YouTube

I’ve just updated an article on Aries Rising which I perceived to be of an average quality. This bugged me, so today I added much more detail to it and made a new video as well.

You can access the remade article and video here.

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What Happens When You Stay Present - YouTube

In this post I share my personal experience about what happens when you dwell in the present moment every day.

I’m only partially disidentified from my thoughts. There are still many times a day where I catch myself in the midst of thinking.

But there are also periods of no thought, and I am also often able to observe the thinking process without getting involved in it.

There are days where I’m able to stay present most of the times, and there are other days when thoughts relentlessly attack and try to draw me back into identifying with them.

Seeing the world in a new way

Although the periods of no thought seem to be non-eventful, I find that only later the benefits of the practice show up.

For example, you are able to find yourself widely awake to the magic of this world; there are periods where everything seems new, alive and other-worldly. Everything seems peaceful and benevolent and you know that absolutely everything comes from God.

When you don’t label living beings of any sort but just look at them without any judgment, you realize that they are incredible creations of God. You know that you really do not understand the mystery of any of them, yet when we label things we assume we know what everything is.

For example, we say “This is an owl”, and we assume that this label is all the being is. When that label is not applied, we start seeing the magic and mystery of this creation of God.

And this applies not only to animate but inanimate creations too, though in actuality all is living so even this latter label makes us see things in an incorrect way. That’s the danger and damage of labeling anything.

Do not expect anything to happen when you are present

I sometimes hear people getting fed up with the practice of being present because nothing seems to happen during it. It’s not always true that absolutely nothing happens, as you sometimes may feel energetic movements within the body and you may even experience spiritual phenomena;

But even if the practice of mindfulness is completely uneventful, the effects will be felt later on for sure. Just keep staying present on a daily basis.

The effects of mindfulness

This non-eventful mindfulness bears fruit quite soon. It not only allows you to see things in a fresh way, but it also helps you clear old conditioning and get rid of negative habits.

The more you dwell in the present moment, the more you get disidentified from thought structures and energy imprints in the body responsible for addictions and destructive behavior. But do not expect this change to be instant; the more you dwell in the present moment, the more your presence clears these deep-seated destructive patterns.

Mindfulness heals your mind and makes it able to function better. Your memory and logic may become much better, and you are able to come up with inventive solutions to your problems.

That’s because those solutions come directly from the Source which you access by staying in the present moment, rather than them coming as a combination of thoughts already present in your mind.

Staying present not only makes you disidentify from your thought processes, but you stop identifying yourself with anything in this world. You start seeing the world as a play, or some describe this disidentification as as though finding themselves in a dream.

This, of course, naturally makes you less emotional, because you know that nothing that’s happening is real but only projections from the source. That’s not to say that you become totally devoid of emotion; but your emotions definitely become milder.

The sense of peace that pervades your life

Also, you lose neurotic highs and ups and you are most of the time in the state of peace. Complete awareness sometimes allows presence to so strongly come through that this inner joy colors the external reality too, making it look living, benign and magical.

These moments of inner joy projected to the external reality can be read about in the writings of Jiddu Krishnamurti. But the state of peace is what I observe as a normal state in those who are awakened, and that’s the state I’m in most of the times as well.

I find some unawakened people describing such a state as a sort of vegetable-like existence, but this is very far from the truth. The absence of neurotic ups and downs that the world calls happiness and unhappiness preserves your body from energetic imbalances which drain it.

You only need to experience these ups and downs when the deeper dimension within you is undiscovered yet, and thus you search for the completion of you in external things and worldly excitements. This makes you feel alive, but this state doesn’t last; then again there’s the sense of lack, and there’s again the search of what the emptiness within can be filled with.

Once you get in touch with that deeper dimension, you no longer need to experience violent mood swings because you no longer need to search for things that energetically make you feel alive, like sex, food stimulants and so on. You are at peace with who you are because you know yourself to be complete, and you like that harmonious vibration to remain undisturbed.

Being in conscious touch with the Source

There is another interesting development that happens when you dwell in the present moment. That’s about always staying connected with the Source consciously. All of us are connected with the Source otherwise we would not exist, but most humans do not know of this connection.

When you are conscious of that connection, however, you get “notifications” from the Source.

For example, the Source may nudge you to pay attention to some particular being or situation. It may encourage you to research something. At that time you have no idea why, but you do it, and later on you find out how this nicely ties into your purpose in life or some important thing that you need to accomplish.

Sometimes the Source may even notify you about someone you know or heard of who has become awakened or someone you need to pay attention to because that person will play a major role in your life.

How the connection with the Source works – personal examples

I will give you two examples from my own life that illustrate how this connection with the Source can manifest. The first is about a reader of mine who attended one of my early workshops, when I was still into New Age.

I knew I had to pay attention to her; my awareness naturally zoomed in her and that’s the only person that I remember from that early workshop.

She was the one who stuck with me during the renunciation of the New Age, my Christian days and coming out of that ideology as well. So the reason the Source zoomed in on her is for me to get the message that this will be the person that will keep believing in me no matter through what change I would be going.

Here’s the second example. I always felt like Russel Brand stood out, though I did not like what he was doing as a celebrity, nor did I agree with his opinions. I just knew I had to pay attention to him.

And recently, after years of totally forgetting about him, I got an urge to check what he’s up to. I ignored the impulse that time, but then the same day I was listening to the recording of Eckhart Tolle, and he was actually talking about Russel Brand! This could not have been a coincidence. I knew I had to check what he’s up to.

And lo and behold, I checked his YouTube channel, and he’s awakened now! It’s impossible for this to be a coincidence, like it would be impossible for my first example to be a coincidence. The chances are just too low for things to line up this way.

That’s the power of the Source. Usually It just gives peace and assurance, but if a person will play some role in your life, or you need to do something in order to fulfill your life’s purpose in the future, you will for sure feel the impulse to do the appropriate thing, if you’re plugged into the Source consciously.

So when you try to stay present as much as possible, you don’t lose conscious touch with the Source, and It can notify you about what you need to pay attention to, warn you of dangers, and tell exactly what action to take in any situation. That’s the reason very aware people do not plan their speeches; they know that if they stay connected to the Source, perfect words will come out of their mouths.

Feeling the power of the Source

I’m also experiencing the sense of power when I’m present. At first this didn’t happen but after regular mindfulness practice periods I started not only seeing the world in a fresh way, but I began tapping into the power of the Source.

Once you tap into that power, you know that who you are is invulnerable. I don’t mean the body but who you are at your core. You are part of the Source and the Source is immortal and nothing can hurt It, so you get absolute sense of assurance.

No wonder Jesus called himself the son of God. That’s how you feel when you stay present. You know that you are inseparable from that Oneness which created the world.

Planning is replaced with spontaneity

Also, when you live the life of mindfulness, you no longer need to plan so much, because you say the right thing and you do the right thing at the right time. That’s not to say there is no need for any planning whatsoever; but in most cases planning becomes pointless.

Another development that happens is that you begin to feel if a person is talking spontaneously or from memory. Some public speakers speak freely and fast, yet you know it’s coming from the memory rather than the present moment.

Spontaneous speech and action are fresh and have power in them; memorized speech and unconscious action are devoid of power and influence.

Connecting with people on another dimension

When you are able to stay present on a daily basis, you also feel if other people have reached that dimension or they only live in their minds. You are able to connect with people on that dimension of stillness.

This I have experienced myself, with an awakened Buddhist monk. I’m a recluse at least for the time being, so I have not had the opportunity to connect with many people in such a way; but I also experienced the connection through stillness with my boyfriend; we saw each other as one.

I have also heard Eckhart Tolle say that when you are established in presence, you are able to see past the ugly masks people wear and you can look right into their core and speak to that.

I am unable to do so yet; I still find it difficult to get beyond the ugly conditioning of some humans. But I really hope to achieve it, as then you can remain unshaken no matter what front people present to you.

Finally…

In this post I described my personal experiences and developments as a result of striving to be present. To end this post, I would also like to remind how important it is not to divorce spirituality from every day life but to make the whole life a spiritual experience.

Thus, it’s better to practice mindfulness every spare minute that you have, rather than setting aside a chunk of time for meditation. That is good too, but it’s much more useful to integrate spirituality into your every day existence as then your growth is very natural and more rapid, in my experience.

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Find Your Life's Purpose Through Mindfulness - YouTube

Although your natal chart shows your life’s purpose and I offer the service of Creative Potential Assessment which reveals exactly what you’re supposed to do in life, there’s another free way of finding it out.

This information has come from the wisdom of Eckhart Tolle, the teacher that I used to listen to long time ago, and now I started to listen to again.

He explains that in order to find your life’s purpose, you need to be fully aligned with the present moment.

Even if you’re not happy with your circumstances, it’s very important not to resist them because if you do, you’re making an enemy with Life. If you’re not aligned with Life, It cannot lead you where your’e supposed to go.

So all resistance must be relinquished and you should say “yes” to what is, even if you don’t like it. It doesn’t mean you should force yourself to enjoy it, but you should definitely stop resisting.

When you get in harmony with what is, Life, which is really the Larger You, will have no difficulty in taking you to where you’re supposed to be, and making you do what you’re supposed to do.

It doesn’t mean, however, that the way through which you will find your life’s purpose is going to be pleasant. Sometimes disasters make people understand what’s most important to them. Each person will have to be “nudged” in a different way for them to get totally aligned with their Greater Selves.

So a sure way to find your life’s purpose is not to resist what is. Just accept that you are where you are, as only this will allow the inspiration from God to reach you about what to do to get yourself out of an undesirable situation.

Eckhart shared with his audience his habit of quickly readjusting himself to what is, even though the change is unpleasant. He doesn’t have to like the change, but he unconditionally accepts it no matter what it is. And this allows him to keep the connection with Life, which continuously guides him where he’s supposed to go.

This is a habit that we should all form. It’s the sanest thing to do to accept that which is. Fighting some unpleasant change gives more energy to it. Accepting that it exists does not give any energy but you simply remain aligned with Life.

This is the way to always live tapped into Universal Power; alignment with Life is alignment with God, your Higher Self, the whole Universe. What can be more powerful than that?

Surely if you’re a part of God, being in agreement with Its current physical manifestation keeps you in connection with it. So you always share the power that It has.

And it’s not only that you share Its power, but you also are able to get Its wisdom, Its guidance and Its love.

Therefore, if you feel like you’re not living your potential, or you have no idea what you’re supposed to do in life, make friends with who you are now and be okay with what you’re doing now.

Don’t resist that which has already manifested in your life. Just accept your circumstances and this acceptance will keep you open to Life’s inspiration. Stay in this acceptance long enough, and an impulse will surely come about what to do next.

Inspired action after inspired action, soon you will find yourself confidently treading the path in life that you were always supposed to follow.

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What Happens When You Accept Pain (Instead of Running Away From It) - YouTube

This post sprang from my personal experience of not running away from pain.

This habit was present in me from childhood. I Instinctively knew that if I avoided pain, this would form a habit and then even the smallest painful things would be hard to deal with and instead I would want to escape them.

Of course, since I wasn’t independent as a child, I had to accept the conventional healing methods given by my mother. But even my mother had a similar philosophy, and would only make me take pain medicines, or any other medicines for that matter, if the condition was serious.

Staying with pain makes you a much more careful person

If I got any sort of injury, I let the wound heal naturally, without taking any pain medicines. Of course, I would clean the wound and put some sort of healing balm, but I would never try to block the pain in any way.

This made me a much more careful person, because I knew the reality of pain and therefore would avoid potentially hazardous situations;

Whereas people who tend to escape from pain usually remain reckless, getting into similar problems that caused them the initial pain, and then again resorting to blocking the pain with medicines or in worse ways.

This also applies to people who reach for paracetamol whenever they get a headache rather than accepting the discomfort. This is a big problem, because by choosing to block the pain rather than exploring it, they remain ignorant of its type and cause.

So people who block pain do not go through that uncomfortable ordeal and thus remain as reckless as they were before the painful condition. If, however, they would remain with pain for days, the next time a similar situation of possible injury or discomfort presents itself, they would surely be much more careful.

For example, they would avoid drinking coffee if this habit results in headaches, or they would stay away from dangerous sports if they are likely to get injuries by engaging in them.

Staying with pain makes you understand its cause

Staying in the present moment and accepting your headache or any other pain will make you understand what causes it, if you stay with it long enough (if you don’t know the cause, that is).

If we take headaches as an example, not everyone gets headaches for the same reason, and not every headache feels the same way.

However, people who choose to block pain remain under the belief that all headaches feel pretty much the same and may believe that the causes of some of them may not be discoverable.

The reason I managed to avoid any serious health condition in my 32 years of life is just that. I don’t ignore pain, and I don’t run away from it. When I have pain anywhere, I totally focus on that area of my body and stay still.

This gives me insight into the condition sooner or later. The knowing comes from within and you just know it’s correct. Then I take appropriate actions to correct the condition. So far this worked every time, helping me to avoid needing to see doctors.

The understanding of the cause of pain comes from your alignment with that which is. Not even the best doctor would be that accurate.

Once that understanding comes, you will know how to eradicate the cause of headaches or any other pain. So that’s a much wiser thing to do than trying to get rid of the pain without addressing its cause.

Escaping from serious one-off pain is not the same as always avoiding it

Of course, when pain is extremely bad, like if you are about to undergo some kind of surgery, of course you should accept pain-relieving methods. This is not going to cause a problem.

The problem arises when people form a habit of constantly running away from discomfort, reaching for pain-relieving medicines even if they only have a headache or something as small as that.

This also applies to women who take medicines to avoid period pain. I already wrote about what causes great period pains in my Moon-gazing article, but even if you don’t read the article, if you could just tune into the pain and be observant in your everyday life in general, you would find the cause of troublesome periods.

Becoming stronger as a result of staying with pain

The habit of accepting pain made me a much stronger person able to handle greater and greater pains and stresses of life. The acceptance of pain made me see it as a great teacher.

You appreciate life much more because of it; pain makes you a much more sober individual who no longer takes things for granted. It can greatly humble you and once you learn the lesson and it’s gone, you are so grateful that it’s over, and you appreciate your pain-free state so much more.

Avoiding pain on a regular basis may carry over into other areas of your life, and it could be that you may start avoiding small pain as well. So this would weaken your character.

It could also be that if you avoid physical pain, you will later not be able to deal with emotional pain either, or any other sort of painful situation.

So pain teaches us to become stronger, more patient, and more careful human beings.

Harmful methods to escape pain

Also, the methods that people employ to escape pain are usually harmful.

For example, taking medicines to stop feeling pain blocks it, but it’s bad for your health and if the condition worsens, you are left ignorant of this change. This prevents you from taking timely action to remedy the situation.

Needless to mention, the harm that comes when people employ even worse methods to escape from pain, like drugs or alcohol, can be enormous.

Accepting the reality of pain makes you access universal power

If you avoid pain, it means you deny the reality of it. If you deny the reality of it, you cannot access the power that’s in that moment. You need to be completely aligned with the present moment to access its power.

When you’re aligned with the reality of pain, when you accept it even though it’s very unpleasant, you are aligned with that which is. Because you are aligned with the Universe/Life/God, you will get inspired to take the best action to remedy the situation.

When you accept what is, you also maintain the clarity of your mind. When there is no chaos in your mind, right inspiration springing from the Void/God/Universe reaches you without any distortions. This makes you able to take the most appropriate action to correct the condition.

Mindfulness and healing that arises from the acceptance of pain

In fact, such an unpleasant thing as pain can be very helpful. As I’ve already mentioned, it can make you into a truly strong person. Actually, the strengthening of character, once you see it happening, will further encourage you not to want to escape even a very great discomfort.

Just sit and feel it. That discomfort, that pain, needs to be processed. If you escape from it, it will not be processed but will remain as tension in the body which may manifest as some sort of disease later on.

This tension in the body is what is released during meditation when people start uncontrollably crying or screaming. Vipassana meditation of Goenka is the best for releasing this stored pain, in my experience.

But it’s best not to create this tension in your body in the first place by accepting the reality of the arisen pain and being okay with that. Resistance will store it in the body, acceptance will relatively quickly make it go away.

The same applies to blocking emotional expression. If anger has arisen, it’s better to let it out than storing it within, as later on it may manifest in a more violent way. It’s better to cry when you feel like it than keeping the unexpressed emotion within which may create health imbalances and stress.

Also, it’s important to know that when you stay present with your pain, your attention is the best medicine to heal it. Attention is energy. So the painful area (even if it’s mental pain) receives pure healing energy which is much more potent than medicines of any sort.

Finally…

In this post I wanted to share with you my own way of dealing with pain and what I learnt from this way of living.

It’s very difficult to eradicate the habit of wanting to escape pain, so it’s best not to form it at all. And if it’s already formed, I advise to start accepting very small painful things first, like a headache, for example, and gradually you will be able to accept bigger discomforts also.

Life will always have pain, as long as it has pleasure. So pain should be seen as a natural part of life. If you welcome pleasure in your life, pain will come also, every time. And although everyone likes to experience pleasure, it doesn’t teach anything, unlike pain.

You cannot remain fully in touch with your body if you ignore some reality of it. Neglecting or resisting that which happens to it can cause the development of some imbalance, which, if left unattended, could be hard to correct in the future.

Pain is a call for help; we don’t ignore our injured pets or crying children. So pain is a cry of  the body for you to pay attention. Instead of ignoring it, the wisest thing to do is to accept the reality of discomfort and tune into it to understand its cause.

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Spiritualized Ego Versus True Awakening - YouTube

Whilst living in India I had my fair share of experiences with people who come here for spiritual development. Since India is a spiritual place, and has many ashrams and other places of devotion, the string of pilgrims is stable.

Usually, those who come here for spiritual development are the most unnatural kind and it’s rare to meet someone who is truly awakened. There are also those spiritual aspirants who know they are only seekers and are humble about it; but unfortunately many are still strongly in the grip of the ego which convinces them that they are already very spiritual.

I only met several fully awakened people, but those meetings left indelible memories. Those special individuals did not try to impress others with their looks or speech; they did not want to prove to the world how spiritual they were because they were already spiritual.

Most people, however, perceive spirituality through the eyes of the ego. They aren’t awakened yet, they still operate through the mechanism of the ego rather than from the inner void, the place of stillness.

I’m writing this because it’s crucial to at least get onto that path of spirituality by trying to get rooted in stillness; otherwise your journey is just the ego’s attempt to spiritualize itself which it sometimes quite enjoys, because it’s not diminished but maintained.

It’s not that the ego is afraid of spirituality. It quite enjoys it in its many forms. It only perceives spirituality as a threat when you understand that being spiritual has nothing to do with appearances, and it has nothing to do with where you go and who you associate with.

When your true work starts of dwelling in the present moment and you do not react, neither do you identify with your thoughts, that’s when the ego perceives spirituality as threatening. Otherwise it’s just a pleasant play that it uses to maintain or strengthen itself, and it quite enjoys going to spiritual places, doing yogic stretches, engaging in spiritual discussions, praying, associating with spiritual people, wearing spiritual clothes and so forth.

So when you go to places like ashrams in India, you are faced with the sight of egos trying to act spiritual.

If certain egos perceive spirituality to be a serious business, the faces naturally are tense. If people are after bliss, there is an attempt to look blissful. It all depends on what spirituality is interpreted to be.

Sometimes people dress spiritually to appear more spiritual. White robes are common among the spiritual seekers in India, or wearing traditional Indian clothes that they perceive to give them the look of holiness and wisdom.

There is also a type of persons that consider themselves very deep, and they usually have serious looks, try to give penetrating glances, and identify with some elaborate dogma.

And then there are blissful devotees of gurus, who absolutely worship a self-proclaimed god in human form, and they believe that this makes them very spiritual.

Other people after finding spirituality start talking very slowly, as though each word is meaningful. Others slow down their movements. Others change their tone of voice, which they think makes them more spiritual, but it simply sounds unnatural and offputting. I often hear this fake voice in people who give spiritual teachings, as though such voice quality is what matters and not the teaching.

Other people do not part with their yoga mats, others meditate in train stations and other public places, and others socialize only with those who belong to the same spiritual belief structure that they themselves subscribe to.

In fact, it’s common for people strongly in the grip of the ego to search out those who believe as they do. Because the ego always feels insecure, it’s sense of self is strengthened the more other egos join it.

Others talk for hours about yogic or other philosophies, but with that talk they only try to compensate for the lack of depth; those who talk most know the least; those who talk the least know the most, usually. Of course, there are also those who don’t talk because they really don’t know!

The reason of writing all this is to make people wake up. This is not spirituality. This is egoic role-playing. The ego is very crafty in making people believe that they are very spiritual. Thus I listed as many ego role-playing observations as I could think of. It’s not meant to insult anyone, but it is meant to awaken those who might be falling for one or more of such ego tricks.

The common thread running through all these scenarios is an attempt to spiritualize oneself externally; but the change must come from within, as a result of becoming more and more conscious.

Judging the level of spirituality through the lens of some spiritual dogma

Another mistake spiritual-seekers make is identifying with some ideology and then filtering everything through it, which I definitely could be blamed for in the past, and not once.

For example, I have read some negative comments about Eckhart Tolle. People who are identified with some Indian ideologies were attacking him for eating meat. The argument was that if he is awakened, he must be compassionate, and thus he should not eat meat.

Buddha allowed his disciples to eat meat, do they even know it? Which means he probably ate meat too, because he lived his teachings. Jesus ate meet too, judging from the fact that he celebrated the Passover. I highly doubt it was a vegetarian celebration!

This universe works this way – through sacrifice. We also will have to die sooner or later to become the food of other organisms. We eat plants who are living beings. The problem today is that people have unnatural appetites and therefore they crave meat all the time, creating enormous suffering for animals as the whole industry had to be developed to serve that terrible unnatural taste.

We know it’s harmful to eat that much meet, judging from the high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, heart attacks and skin redness that looks very unnatural in those who consume meat in large amounts. But I could say the same thing about people who absolutely refuse all animal products and therefore start rapidly losing weight, develop dark circles under eyes, hair starts falling out and so forth.

The society tends to go to extremes, therefore awareness is required in this area. And yes, one might maintain good health by avoiding all animal products, but one has to do enormous research to make sure one is not lacking any essential nutrients.

Hunter-gatherers did not create imbalance in nature because they acted like other beings. They did not lust for meat but only satisfied basic hunger. Tigers aren’t blamed for killing creatures either, because they kill to stay alive and do not disturb the balance of nature by doing that.

This whole universe functions in this way – either you kill many forms of life in order to live, or you do not kill anything and you start being consumed, whether by a disease, because of the lack of food (the body starts consuming itself) or through some imbalance in lifestyle.

And even if you live carefully, eventually all of us will die and will become the food of various microorganisms. Even microbes living in your gut start consuming your body when you don’t give it food, whilst they act friendly as long as they are fed.

Even in ancient Vedas this basic truth was known – that this world is based on sacrifice. Knowing this, we have to be grateful even when we eat plant-based foods, because they had to give up their existence as plants in order for us to be fed.

I personally think people need very little meat or no meat at all (eggs and milk can be sufficient) in order to have all their mineral and vitamin intake needs met. Ideally those who need meat would pray for the Universe to provide an animal whose life is going to be over soon and get it through hunting. The animal would freely roam all its life, and would only become the food of someone when its time is up, like all of us will in the end anyway.

This would be the natural way and people would then feel personal responsibility (at least most people), and may be much more compassionate and would only hunt were they really in need of such food.

I believe with such a natural system people would think twice before eating meat, and would hunt only if it’s really necessary. Now, because they don’t see the horrors of animal slaughter, they eat meat without much thinking about the suffering of the animal.

Today, of course, the system is not like what it was in the past. Now animals are kept in cages, in terrible conditions, to have no life of freedom but to serve as a source of our food. That’s a big difference from being born as a free animal who roams forests until it dies a natural death, is eaten by another animal, or is hunted and killed by humans.

If someone today would want to hunt animals for them to serve as a source of food, that would actually be illegal in at least some parts of the world. So the system is what it is, and therefore sometimes you have to comply with it if what you want cannot be gotten in any other way.

And I do apologize for expanding so much on this topic, but I notice how harshly many vegans attack anyone that goes against their ideology, so I wanted to explain my stance quite fully.

Therefore, labeling people unawakened just because they eat meat is not wise at all. Plants live too, yet vegans eat them. We would die were we to choose not to hurt any being.

When a person identifies with vegan or whatever ideology, he just placed a lens between himself and the world. And usually such people strengthen their egos considerably, by thinking they are more special, more spiritual than others. So those vegan or vegetarian commenters wrote in such a cruel way about Eckhart… I wonder how come they love animals but are so cruel towards their fellow humans.

It’s unwise to judge whether a person is spiritual or not through your own beliefs or through the lens of some spiritual text that you like. This only strengthens the ego and creates the feeling of separation from other humans.

It’s unwise to think that people are only spiritual if they meet some spiritual checklist. According to whom that checklist is error-free?

Finally…

In this article I wanted to address these two spiritual traps caused by the ego which either maintain the ego or even strengthen it. The first trap is perceiving spirituality through the mechanism of the ego and trying to appear spiritual without any change actually happening within; and the second trap is by judging about the spiritual level of others based on what you read or believe spiritual people to behave or look like.

To avoid the first mistake, the external change should not be initiated by your thought. Instead, if you are present and conscious as much as possible in your life, this increasing consciousness will uncover such depths within your being and so much power that no matter how you look, how quick or slow you speak, and how you dress, people will sense your power and presence. And sure, some external changes are likely to take place too, but they will be genuine and in harmony with your new level of awareness.

And the second mistake can be avoided if, when you meet someone for the first time, you stop any sort of judgment and comparison, but instead you get totally still and sense the energy of the person despite of how he looks, behaves or sounds like. This will give a true insight into who that person truly is, and how conscious he or she is.

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True Creativity Is Beyond the Surface Mind - Simona Rich - YouTube

I have already shared how A New Earth book was written by Eckhart Tolle.

The book came into existence effortlessly, because it was already written in the spiritual form. So since Eckhart Tolle dwelt in the now, the book was able to easily come through him. This is the true creativity.

The surface mind is not creative. It can only contribute to the chaos and noise of the world with its “creations”. It just forms and reforms that which is; but true creativity is fresh perfection in one form or another that is able to manifest through you only if you give it a chance – if you allow yourself to dwell in that space which is thought-free.

True works of art are able to come when you still your mind and get in touch with your essence. That depth within is the sea of possibilities yet unmanifested; there are countless extraordinary pieces of art waiting to be manifested through the right vehicle.

The Universe is extremely creative; we can see that in the perfection and beauty of each flower. So many varieties, yet all of them are unique and perfect. 

The ego can never manifest such perfection. It just moulds and remoulds the stuff that is already manifest.

It accesses the common thought of humanity, and then, with your conscious help, it remoulds it to make seemingly new forms. But this only becomes one of many average creations that we are faced with each day.

It’s very rare to find a masterpiece that came through a human being in this world, and the masterpiece points to the fact that its maker was able to somehow access that deeper place beyond thought.

Maybe in the future that will not be so rare, but now we are blessed to mainly witness masterpieces directly created by the Universe, like trees, flowers and animals. 

Fennec Fox – one of God’s incredible creations

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Hopefully the humanity will wake up to be able to be co-creators. This would indeed create a new earth. Of course, it would not erase negative experiences as duality is an irreplaceable part of this existence, but it would surely create more depth, fulfillment and joy in this world. 

Michelangelo said: 

The best artist has that thought alone

Which is contained within the marble shell;

The Sculptor’s hand can only break the spell

To free figures slumbering in the stone.

The artist already saw his figures made; it’s not that he was thinking about how to carve this shape or that. The creation could not wait to manifest through his hands. That’s how his masterpieces came out. 

The Universe cannot wait to birth its perfect creations through humanity. So even if you dwell thought-free for a relatively short time, you may find an impulse forming within you to release something beautiful into existence.

It’s not that you consciously thought of that particular creation. But you are the right vehicle for that creation to come through. And it only takes very short time periods of no thought to experience this beautiful universal impulse to create. 

You will find that if you still your mind and dwell in the present moment, you will become much more creative within the period of days. 

This is my personal experience too. Currently I’m finding a plan forming in my mind, without any of my conscious intention, about one project.

I just dwell in stillness, and then I feel the universal impulse using my mind to create. The project is being formed now, and this is truly happening without any of my input.

I have no desire for any new way of life, I’m happy with the way that my life is now. But I think the Universe wants to manifest something through me, so I will see how this goes. 

And I think the reason this plan is so effortlessly unfolding in my mind now, is because I don’t have any surface mind’s desires; I just try to dwell in stillness as much as I can, and I enjoy living the way that I do. So nothing obscures that plan from being formed in my mind. 

If the surface mind is full of desires, and the person is never present, true creations cannot come through him or her. The absence of surface desires (absorbed through the culture, media, other people, etc.) allows a person to become aware of the particular form the Universe wants to manifest through the individual. 

Eckhart Tolle says that creative people, knowingly or not, somehow manage to access the thoughtless space. And I think that this coupled with the absence of desires allows an individual to quickly become the vehicle to express something he’s perfect for. 

Eckhart says that the way works of art effortlessly manifest through some people from stillness has nothing to do with channeling. It’s not that some being takes over to do work through you; it’s the impulse of the Universe that urges your hands to work in some way. You decide whether you allow that impulse to be fulfilled or not.

So this is how true creativity manifests. Trying to create through your surface mind can only manifest more noise and mediocrity in the world. Real masterpieces come from the universal impulse which is allowed to become known to you through your mind, if you only stay thought-free.

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Mother Teresa's Natal Chart Analysis – What It Reveals About Her Character and Life - Simona Rich - YouTube

Here is a revised transcript of the video above:

In this article I thought I would analyze the natal chart of Mother Teresa. I checked whether her birth time is exact, and actually her birth time listed in astrology websites is not absolutely certain.

Here it is shown that her Ascendant is in Sagittarius and that might be correct, because we know that she had been living a great part of her life in India, and we can see that the ruler of Sagittarius (which is Jupiter) is in the ninth house.

This house is about spirituality, living abroad, public thought, culture and so forth. So her life was about living in India and spreading Christianity, doing spiritual work, which is the situation shown in her natal chart.

So it’s very likely that her Ascendant was indeed in Sagittarius. However, the way that she looked and got her fame was very Capricornian, and this sign is in her first house.

 In this natal chart we can see that there are some things that quickly stand out. For example, we can see that there is a bucket configuration, and most of her planets are on what is called in astrology  the western hemisphere.

It means that she is moulded by circumstances. Events influence her personality rather than she herself forming the circumstances; she is not thinking independently of the circumstances but her thinking is influenced by what she sees around her.

As I said, there is also a bucket configuration – we see retrograde Uranus apart from all the other planets; so she is channeling energy through this planet. And yes, she was unusual – Uranus gives eccentricities, advanced ways of thinking and an unusual appearance.

She was very unusual; she would always wear her signature saree; I read about that. She was a western woman wearing a saree in India which was made from the cheapest available material to buy (I think for sarees) and this became her and her nuns’ signature wear – the white saree with a blue edge.

She was very unusual in the way that she looked in India and that’s what Uranus does – it gives you unusual looks or the wish to shock with your appearance when located in the first house, whilst if it’s located in the twelfth house (if it’s not too close to the Ascendant) it produces unusual thinkers rather than those shocking others with their appearance.

Basically, she channelled herself through Uranus. And we find this planet retrograde in her chart. We can see two retrograde planets in the chart in total, so she was not a late starter which sometimes retrograde planets cause people to be, were there more of them.

Another thing that we can notice is that her earth signs are very energized; she has six planets in earth signs so this makes her a very practical person, and gives her a very down-to-earth attitude.

She indeed was very practical. She managed to survive on very little money when she was only starting her order of nuns, and she was always helping the world in physical ways.

I remember reading the story of how an Indian man thinking her to be a usual Christian missionary forcing people to convert visited her home of the dying (formerly known as “Mother Teresa’s Kalighat Home for the Dying Destitutes”) and was absolutely shocked to find her picking maggots from the flesh of a dying person.

 It was also about using her mind in order to gain funds of course, and not only physical work, but it’s indeed easy to see that she was very physically involved in helping the poor.

Actually I visited her place in Kolkata where her tomb is located as well. I stayed in a modest room offered by nuns for a few days. The energy of the place is very interesting, so I recommend visiting “Mother House” if you ever find yourself in Kolkata.

Mother Teresa’s room in Mother House.

The way that she achieved fame was done in a very Capricornian way as well, because Capricorn people achieve significance through ways that people don’t notice, or through some strange, unusual or secretive ways.

She probably did not consciously want to become known, but the way that she became famous is, of course, very unusual. She is still the only one of a kind. Uranus located in Capricorn, of course, added even more uniqueness to her ways of being.

We can also see that her life was about justice and seeking somehow to improve the lot of humanity because her Midheaven is in Libra, and also Jupiter is there, the planet of religion, expansion and higher education. So her life was all about spreading religion as well as helping the world.

We can see that her Neptune is afflicted and is located in the seventh house which gives unusual marriages; people who have this planet in their seventh house sometimes find it difficult to see their partners for who they really are.

This placement quite often causes people to remain celibate because Neptune is the planet of celibacy, so this obviously applies to Mother Teresa and we also know that she was married to Jesus like all nuns are, which again makes this planet suitable as it gives unusual unions.

We can also see a somewhat afflicted Pluto, again in the seventh house, though its influence will also be felt in the sixth house which would manifest as being never enough of work, never enough of promotion of her work, never enough of spreading the word about her work in order to gather more funds (as we find the ruler of Gemini in the ninth house). It could also mean always employing intelligence in her work and it becoming an all-obsessive activity in one’s life.

Since Pluto is located in the seventh house, and keeping in mind that it’s in the sign of Gemini, it could mean that she felt lack of intimate closeness with those who were her partners. In her diary made public it was revealed that she never felt close to Jesus, and that she longed for that closeness. This is indeed possible with Pluto located in the house of partnerships.

We can see that her planet Venus is located in the eighth house. This house is about death, sex and secrecy, and this again applies to her because in her life she was as though in love with death, some people would say, because she would, for example, instead of helping people to fight death, sometimes would accept that they are dying and she would actually want them to die sooner in order for them to meet Jesus quicker.

She was kind of in love with death, therefore, and this was a known quality of her – no wonder Venus is located in the sign of Leo (which is about drama, fame and play) in the eighth house.

Since her Sun is also in this house, it means that she gained her sense of self from being involved (in her case) with death. Something as gruesome as taking out maggots from the dying person’s flesh was not seen so by her, as she had these two benefic planets in the house of secrets. Leo on the cusp of the house may also indicate death being seen much less seriously than by most.

Even her Part of Fortune is located in the same house, so this definitely means that she was doing what she was supposed to do in life. She had a lot of energy to dedicate to her work involving death.

Also, she had a lot of energy to work abroad and to help the world as her Mars is between the houses nine and eight, and located in the work sign of Virgo. She also had ambition and her efforts to help the poor were continuous, as Mars is strengthened by Saturn in Taurus.

Her efforts involved spreading her ideas far and wide, and Mars as a ruler of Aries found on the cusp of the fourth house being located as it is gives a high likelihood of dying far away from home, which was the case with her – she worked and died in India, whilst she was born in Macedonia.

Black moon Lilith is located in the tenth house which sometimes gives people the temptation to abuse their occupation, like giving the temptation to use their influence over the public for evil; but since it’s located in Libra and keeping in mind the fact that it’s not afflicted, this might not have been a strong inclination.

Her Moon is in Taurus, which means that she was seeking security in life, and the ruler of the house of finances is located in the first house, which means that she would make money from her own efforts, and also since it’s retrograde it would give funds (although they would come and go) later in life. Funds would be obtained through planning and doing something innovative, something that is unusual.

We also find Saturn in the fourth house and it’s located in Taurus, which means that she was a stubborn person, and the Moon can indicate the same. And this means that if she really wanted something, she would somehow get it; she would not give up until she got what she wanted. We can see this being the case with how she established her unusual order despite of the difficulties and the conservative Catholic Church.

Saturn is located in the fourth house which means that there were some difficulties in the family. Sometimes it can mean the death of one or both of the parents, but I don’t see harsh aspects to evil planets, so that might not be the case; but it may mean strict parents, strict traditional upbringing, and also the cusp of the fourth house is in Aries which again gives arguments in the family and a family life that’s definitely not peaceful.  

So I think that’s all I wanted to share with you about Mother Teresa’s chart, but there are, of course, many more things that could be told about her life, like that she was very sensitive about her relationships, and that she was sensitive about her self-expression.

Furthermore, she was lucky in gaining cash through appealing to the emotions of people, and she was perceived abroad as very organized, helpful, maybe compassionate and detail-oriented; her friends were from abroad but some of them weren’t wishing her good; and, finally, that the end of her life was most likely to have been peaceful.

So that’s what I wanted to share with you about the natal chart of mother Teresa. I of course, as you might have noticed, almost did not touch upon the aspects between planets as that would take a much longer article to explain, nor did I mention any fixed star influence, but think that I explained the gist of what Mother Teresa and her life were about.

Should you wish to have your natal chart analyzed by me, check out my Life Assessment page.

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Mother Theresa's Natal Chart Analysis – What It Reveals About Her Character and Life - Simona Rich - YouTube

Here is a revised transcript of the video above:

In this article I thought I would analyze the natal chart of Mother Teresa. I checked whether her birth time is exact, and actually her birth time listed in astrology websites is not absolutely certain.

Here it is shown that her Ascendant is in Sagittarius and that might be correct, because we know that she had been living a great part of her life in India, and we can see that the ruler of Sagittarius (which is Jupiter) is in the ninth house.

This house is about spirituality, living abroad, public thought, culture and so forth. So her life was about living in India and spreading Christianity, doing spiritual work, which is the situation shown in her natal chart.

So it’s very likely that her Ascendant was indeed in Sagittarius. However, the way that she looked and got her fame was very Capricornian, and this sign is in her first house.

 In this natal chart we can see that there are some things that quickly stand out. For example, we can see that there is a bucket configuration, and most of her planets are on what is called in astrology  the western hemisphere.

It means that she is moulded by circumstances. Events influence her personality rather than she herself forming the circumstances; she is not thinking independently of the circumstances but her thinking is influenced by what she sees around her.

As I said, there is also a bucket configuration – we see retrograde Uranus apart from all the other planets; so she is channeling energy through this planet. And yes, she was unusual – Uranus gives eccentricities, advanced ways of thinking and an unusual appearance.

She was very unusual; she would always wear her signature saree; I read about that. She was a western woman wearing a saree in India which was made from the cheapest available material to buy (I think for sarees) and this became her and her nuns’ signature wear – the white saree with a blue edge.

She was very unusual in the way that she looked in India and that’s what Uranus does – it gives you unusual looks or the wish to shock with your appearance when located in the first house, whilst if it’s located in the twelfth house (if it’s not too close to the Ascendant) it produces unusual thinkers rather than those shocking others with their appearance.

Basically, she channelled herself through Uranus. And we find this planet retrograde in her chart. We can see two retrograde planets in the chart in total, so she was not a late starter which sometimes retrograde planets cause people to be, were there more of them.

Another thing that we can notice is that her earth signs are very energized; she has six planets in earth signs so this makes her a very practical person, and gives her a very down-to-earth attitude.

She indeed was very practical. She managed to survive on very little money when she was only starting her order of nuns, and she was always helping the world in physical ways.

I remember reading the story of how an Indian man thinking her to be a usual Christian missionary forcing people to convert visited her home of the dying (formerly known as “Mother Teresa’s Kalighat Home for the Dying Destitutes”) and was absolutely shocked to find her picking maggots from the flesh of a dying person.

 It was also about using her mind in order to gain funds of course, and not only physical work, but it’s indeed easy to see that she was very physically involved in helping the poor.

Actually I visited her place in Kolkata where her tomb is located as well. I stayed in a modest room offered by nuns for a few days. The energy of the place is very interesting, so I recommend visiting “Mother House” if you ever find yourself in Kolkata.

Mother Teresa’s room in Mother House.

The way that she achieved fame was done in a very Capricornian way as well, because Capricorn people achieve significance through ways that people don’t notice, or through some strange, unusual or secretive ways.

She probably did not consciously want to become known, but the way that she became famous is, of course, very unusual. She is still the only one of a kind. Uranus located in Capricorn, of course, added even more uniqueness to her ways of being.

We can also see that her life was about justice and seeking somehow to improve the lot of humanity because her Midheaven is in Libra, and also Jupiter is there, the planet of religion, expansion and higher education. So her life was all about spreading religion as well as helping the world.

We can see that her Neptune is afflicted and is located in the seventh house which gives unusual marriages; people who have this planet in their seventh house sometimes find it difficult to see their partners for who they really are.

This placement quite often causes people to remain celibate because Neptune is the planet of celibacy, so this obviously applies to Mother Teresa and we also know that she was married to Jesus like all nuns are, which again makes this planet suitable as it gives unusual unions.

We can also see a somewhat afflicted Pluto, again in the seventh house, though its influence will also be felt in the sixth house which would manifest as being never enough of work, never enough of promotion of her work, never enough of spreading the word about her work in order to gather more funds (as we find the ruler of Gemini in the ninth house). It could also mean always employing intelligence in her work and it becoming an all-obsessive activity in one’s life.

Since Pluto is located in the seventh house, and keeping in mind that it’s in the sign of Gemini, it could mean that she felt lack of intimate closeness with those who were her partners. In her diary made public it was revealed that she never felt close to Jesus, and that she longed for that closeness. This is indeed possible with Pluto located in the house of partnerships.

We can see that her planet Venus is located in the eighth house. This house is about death, sex and secrecy, and this again applies to her because in her life she was as though in love with death, some people would say, because she would, for example, instead of helping people to fight death, sometimes would accept that they are dying and she would actually want them to die sooner in order for them to meet Jesus quicker.

She was kind of in love with death, therefore, and this was a known quality of her – no wonder Venus is located in the sign of Leo (which is about drama, fame and play) in the eighth house.

Since her Sun is also in this house, it means that she gained her sense of self from being involved (in her case) with death. Something as gruesome as taking out maggots from the dying person’s flesh was not seen so by her, as she had these two benefic planets in the house of secrets. Leo on the cusp of the house may also indicate death being seen much less seriously than by most.

Even her Part of Fortune is located in the same house, so this definitely means that she was doing what she was supposed to do in life. She had a lot of energy to dedicate to her work involving death.

Also, she had a lot of energy to work abroad and to help the world as her Mars is between the houses nine and eight, and located in the work sign of Virgo. She also had ambition and her efforts to help the poor were continuous, as Mars is strengthened by Saturn in Taurus.

Her efforts involved spreading her ideas far and wide, and Mars as a ruler of Aries found on the cusp of the fourth house being located as it is gives a high likelihood of dying far away from home, which was the case with her – she worked and died in India, whilst she was born in Macedonia.

Black moon Lilith is located in the tenth house which sometimes gives people the temptation to abuse their occupation, like giving the temptation to use their influence over the public for evil; but since it’s located in Libra and keeping in mind the fact that it’s not afflicted, this might not have been a strong inclination.

Her Moon is in Taurus, which means that she was seeking security in life, and the ruler of the house of finances is located in the first house, which means that she would make money from her own efforts, and also since it’s retrograde it would give funds (although they would come and go) later in life. Funds would be obtained through planning and doing something innovative, something that is unusual.

We also find Saturn in the fourth house and it’s located in Taurus, which means that she was a stubborn person, and the Moon can indicate the same. And this means that if she really wanted something, she would somehow get it; she would not give up until she got what she wanted. We can see this being the case with how she established her unusual order despite of the difficulties and the conservative Catholic Church.

Saturn is located in the fourth house which means that there were some difficulties in the family. Sometimes it can mean the death of one or both of the parents, but I don’t see harsh aspects to evil planets, so that might not be the case; but it may mean strict parents, strict traditional upbringing, and also the cusp of the fourth house is in Aries which again gives arguments in the family and a family life that’s definitely not peaceful.  

So I think that’s all I wanted to share with you about Mother Teresa’s chart, but there are, of course, many more things that could be told about her life, like that she was very sensitive about her relationships, and that she was sensitive about her self-expression.

Furthermore, she was lucky in gaining cash through appealing to the emotions of people, and she was perceived abroad as very organized, helpful, maybe compassionate and detail-oriented; her friends were from abroad but some of them weren’t wishing her good; and, finally, that the end of her life was most likely to have been peaceful.

So that’s what I wanted to share with you about the natal chart of mother Teresa. I of course, as you might have noticed, almost did not touch upon the aspects between planets as that would take a much longer article to explain, nor did I mention any fixed star influence, but think that I explained the gist of what Mother Teresa and her life were about.

Should you wish to have your natal chart analyzed by me, check out my Life Assessment page.

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The Way I Live My Life: Simplicity, Mindfulness and Inner Guidance - YouTube

In this post I would like to share some of my philosophy of life and how I put it into practice.

Many of you know that I live in India. My life is very unconventional, and it became unconventional because I followed the call of my Spirit rather than the demands of the world.

I love my life and I live the way that I want to. I never fear any change. If something goes against my Spirit, I stop doing it, no matter what the outside world threatens me with, be it loss of funds or loss of face.

I experienced quite a few “threats” from the world. I lost many of my readers, and I lost a lot of my income due to staying true to my Spirit. But because I never feared material losses, they were replaced by spiritual riches.

Like Jesus says, “The Spirit is like the wind that blows wherever it wants to.” This is difficult for the people of the world to understand. They want everything consistent and permanent, but that’s now how the Spirit works sometimes.

So sometimes you are urged to make a quick shift in your life because this is required for your personal progress. The masses are frightened at the change, as this often threatens their beliefs or just their accepted way of functioning.

Thus, due to following my Spirit, I alienated some people from my life and lost some material goods. But thanks God that I did, because what I have now is so much more than I did during those days.

Because I don’t go against the wishes of my Spirit, I am protected, every day is filled with more awareness, and the quiet joy in the background never leaves. There is definitely a lot more purification to do, but I’m at peace with myself and I know that my awareness unfolds as it should.

My life is very simple. I stay in simple places in India that are full of greenery and fresh air. I take daily walks in nature, enjoying the sea breeze and now the cloudy monsoon sky. I feel happy to find myself in places quiet and green, and quiet places are abundant now in Kerala, since it’s not a tourist season (during which I leave to escape the crowds).

My days usually don’t differ much from one another, with the exception when me and my boyfriend decide to take a day off work and go to travel or visit a nearby city for ice-cream and shopping. Also, my routine is broken when my Indian visa is about to expire and I need to leave the country to apply for another one.

Apart from that, my days don’t differ much from one another. I write, create videos, do life assessments, take long sunset walks in nature, have a meal in a local eatery, read a few pages of some astrology work, and stay still without any thoughts, enjoying these moments the most.

After the start of my spiritual practice false desires started falling away; for some time I went completely natural, not even wearing any make up. This later became a statement and I knew that I went to another extreme, so I adjusted this now.

I don’t have the desires of the masses, like for more fame or riches. I have enough and I’m happier not to be noticed than to be noticed. I don’t even like to put my pictures as video thumbnails, but then sometimes my YouTube viewers do not know the video is posted by me, so that’s why I do it.

I’d rather not be recognized but be a face in the crowd. I like to blend in with the environment, just being. That’s why walks in nature on my own feel so much in harmony with who I am. I can just be, and nature just is, and I don’t see any roles being played.

I find happiness in very small things, like the monsoon rain, the greenery of nature, night stillness, the cloudy sky, the presence of my sweetheart. I feel grateful for the fact that I have enough to afford food, that I have a roof over my head, and that I can live in my beloved India.

I believe that beautiful experiences come into my life because I already feel the fullness of life. Like it’s told in the Bible, those who have will get more, and those who feel like they don’t have, even that which they have will be taken away.

That’s what I find true in my life. From the feeling of fullness, more fullness comes. I feel myself complete, and then experiences reach me that are absolutely fulfilling and totally in harmony with who I am.

I believe without this kind of state of mind, already knowing that the Kingdom of God is within, I would not be able to attract my partner. We both treasure the time we spend with each other, and we know that human life is fragile and uncertain, so every moment together counts.

Today, after eating in a local place, I came back to my guest house, and after relaxing in my room, I went out to check the fish pond on hotel grounds. I love watching fish, it’s so relaxing. I stayed there, enjoying the playing fish, gentle breeze and palm trees, being protected from the Sun by the hotel’s veranda roof.

Then my boyfriend suddenly jumped from the roof down, right next to me, hugged, kissed me, stayed with me sweet-talking for a few minutes, and then went back to his work which is nearby. I love when he makes surprise visits like that!

Then my sweet guard-dog came, an old dog that befriended me and now sleeps in my room:) I got some food from a local place packed for her, so I gave that to her and, after enjoying the nature and the fish-pond a little more, I went to my room to work on this piece.

That’s my life. I would not change anything about it. I love the way it is. It’s simple and happy. I don’t want the riches the masses slave for. I don’t want any status. I don’t want to live in some prestigious neighborhood. I’m happy with the life that I have.

Sometimes the mind wants to worry about whether I will have enough to continue living like that, and how much would I have to spend when I go to London at the end of the summer this year.

But I know that these are the thoughts from the scarcity-driven ego, so I don’t identify with them. The Universe provided for me for so many years, why would It suddenly stop doing that now?

Whenever such thoughts come, I get still and stay in the present moment. This gets me in touch wit that assuring place within, the Kingdom of God, and then I know that all will be well.

I’m painfully aware of many personal shortcomings, so my days are also filled with self-observation, as becoming conscious of negative patterns is the first step in dissolving them. Some patterns are persistent but at least I’m aware of them.

I find that I no longer take seriously the negative personality traits that sometimes arise, even those that are persistent, and this makes their manifestation weaker as there’s not much energy fueling them. But the ego is a tricky entity and I by no means am under any sort of delusion that it’s easy to get rid of it.

I love staying in ashrams and monasteries where one dedicates all one’s time for spiritual practices like to dissolve one’s ego; but even the busiest day can be spent in self-watching, noting negative traits and allowing them to start diminishing in the light your awareness, as darkness cannot survive long when it’s constantly exposed.

Every day is a step away from ego identification and towards more liberation. I enjoy each moment of my life, even the times when I’m in some sort of trouble. I know at the back of my mind that it’s a game, that it’s a play of the Universe, so even sad moments have some magic in them.

And when life becomes too serious, I know it’s a sign I have identified with my thought processes rather than that which is; so then I stay still, and relax into the present moment, and the magic of this reality comes back.

Many people are on the same road, we are just walking at different paces. At first, spiritual practices are divorced from every day life. Then they become more and more integrated; then one understands that life is Spirit.

When this realization comes, it’s very likely that the person is disidentifying from his mind and making peace with that which is. The joy and spontaneity of life begins, as then worry is quite gone, and you stop blocking life but allow its manifestation in any form that it may come.

Life then changes, becoming fun, joyous and fulfilling. You no longer want to be in the past or future, but you start gaining happiness from the present. You feel the sacredness of each moment and this is the Kingdom of God talked about by Jesus.

You relax into life and trust that all will work out. You don’t identify with worry though it can stay as a surface thought or feeling. You get rooted in your being and you start taking action from the inner impulse rather than as a result of the dictates of the world.

That’s what I call true life. And it doesn’t even matter where you find yourself then because your life is colored by your consciousness.

So the more liberated you are from the egoic mind, the more meaningful and fulfilling your existence becomes no matter in which corner of the world you are at that moment.

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The Taoist Concept of Effortless Action and How to Make It a Part of Your Life - Simona Rich - YouTube

The Taoist concept of effortless action is interpreted differently by different writers, but I think the best example of this kind of functioning is the life of Eckhart Tolle.

As you may know if you are my regular reader, I hadn’t listened to him for years, but since I mentioned him in one of my articles and a video, I decided to look him up again.

It was pleasant to find that he remained the same as he was in his early fame, remaining his childlike self. He often emphasizes the importance of effortless action, as he explains it to be the only kind of action that is aligned with who you are.

His life is all about effortless action. For example, when he was talking to Oprah about how his second book, A New Earth, got written, he told the following story. He said that he did not plan to write a second book at all, as he covered all he wanted to say in the first book.

However, a strong impulse came for him to leave the UK and move to the US. He followed that clear impulse, and once he got there, an impulse came to write. When he wrote the first sentence, he realized that the book was waiting to be written by him.

It’s not the same as channeling, where an entity overtakes a person and writes through him or her. The impulse is one’s own, there is no external intelligence doing the writing.

And it’s very different from putting effort into creating a book, as then, as Eckhart explains, you are creating out of your ego, and, I should add, contributing with that creation to the general noise of today, rather than allowing the Reality itself to work through you to manifest things that are really necessary in today’s world.

The book was written effortlessly, without any mental strain. Sometimes only one sentence would come in a day, sometimes many pages. He allowed the creative process to unfold without putting any stress on it. And the book got written beautifully, and it was a huge success.

When people first hear of the term “wu wei” sometimes translated as “non-action”, they assume Taoist masters to be passive individuals just allowing life to happen to them and not responding in any way. Sometimes people think the same thing when they hear about the true awakening – the destruction of the surface mind.

But this is the very opposite to the truth. When you are not awakened, you function in an almost mechanical manner, reacting, rather than responding, to situations. However, when the awakening happens, there is no more any reaction but just the right response to what is in the present moment.

It’s not possible to just sit and do nothing all day with the exception of people who were active all their lives and after the awakening they will have to go through the period of passivity. But that period ends, unless, I believe, the body cannot adjust to another kind of functioning.

But for almost all people that passivity will be replaced by activity, and these will alternate, as they should. So if people don’t live in concepts but in the present moment, the Source would harmonize their lives and sometimes they will stay in total relaxation, and sometimes they will be in the midst of activity, but in an effortless way.

How different that is from the modern lifestyle of endless worry and stress! But this kind of effortless way of living can only be achieved by trusting that if you stay in the present moment the right action will always come.

If even unawakened individuals would apply the concept of “wu wei”, they would find that effortless activity follows after a period of relaxation, and that the action is taken at the right time, and it’s the right kind of action.

In order to employ this concept, one should stay present rather than being hypnotized by the mind. People today live not in the world but in concepts. That makes their reactions mechanical. But if you really live, with full awareness, then your actions will be aligned with that which is and perfect to the situations you are faced with.

There is no need to worry about the future as the right action will flow if you just stay in the present moment. You will respond in the most appropriate way and will not stress your body with worry.

Trusting the present moment is trusting your Source. And the Source, God, your Higher Self (which is the true you), loves you and wants only the best for you. If you allow It to work in your life through your trust, miracles will happen and everything will perfectly align for you to experience a truly fulfilling existence.

It’s of course difficult to retrain yourself and stop worrying about the future. But deep reflection of what this kind of worry made out of your life may give enough inspiration to try out this new way of functioning.

When you get the taste of this effortless existence, you will never again want to get imprisoned in your mental concepts which produces mechanical reactions to life’s situations and results in living as though dead, not being able to experience the magic and fullness of life.

When you get the taste of the effortless kind of living, you will relax into it, impulses will naturally come to take the action aligned with your life’s purpose, and your existence, if it was monotonous and dull, will change to the life of spontaneity, fulfillment and joy.

As Jesus said:

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(…) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God [which is within, your source], and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6 27-34
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