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Faith – Blog No. 9

faithThe bottom line is that it does not matter what you have faith in, as long as you do have faith in something.  Perhaps in these fractured times the only thing you feel comfortable having faith in, is yourself.  If that is the case, know that that is enough.  When you believe in what you can do – in your individual capacity, and as part of a collective – you harness a power that will surprise you with where it can take you, and others.  Should you wish to believe in a power higher than yourself (which is all relative, for what you find in yourself is what has existed for centuries in all of the gods, God, Allah, Dreamtime, Nature, etc, feel justified in doing so.  You are a reflection of what you find admirable in your chosen deity/deities.)  You can believe in more than one deity, if you so choose.  All the ‘good’ characteristics that you try to adopt, emulate, exist inside of you already so it matters not which ‘good’ you ultimately choose to follow, it is all the same thing, really.  That should be a comforting thought.

Faith means dedication.  It means understanding and application.  Simply believing in something and trusting its say-so is not enough, you need to do something with your faith.  Make it work for you.  That is what it is for.  Faith is not there to subjugate you, to cripple your progress, so if what you choose to believe in makes you lesser rather than greater as a human being, then perhaps you need to shuffle your belief systems a little, or change your faith.

Faith is a symbol of hope.  It keeps you striving for better, going forwards.  Faith should have no boundaries, no restrictions.  Nor should a person’s faith receive criticism or judgement from another person.  You should be able to open wide to the understanding that placing your implicit trust in something is not a weakness.  It is a strength.  For one reason or another, humans go far further in life when they believe they are supported somehow, by something, in this world.  Perhaps what you believe in is not ‘of’ this world, technically, but faith means you know it is out there and it makes a difference to your everyday, the knowing.  Faith has extraordinary power, and this power – when properly directed – can change an entire existence.

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Motivation vs Intention – Blog No. 44

10-motivational-quotes-kick-start-large-msg-134307587259Please understand the difference between motivation and (best) intentions.  You want to be working with your motivation rather than your intentions.  Intentions are sweet.  They mean well.  But it is too easy to shrug off responsibility by saying, ‘… sorry, but I meant well.  It didn’t happen, but I hoped it would.’  Meaning well is not good enough.  It is like making a promise that you have no intention of keeping.  It is admirable, because you are thinking with your heart, but it is simply not good enough.  You have to understand the why of doing something.  Then you will know your motivation.  When you know your motivation you can decide straight away if it is pure, or not.  Your motivation needs to be pure.  Whatever it is that you are doing.  Pure motivation makes magic, miracles happen.

When you operate from a place of openness, of trust, you will see that your world becomes lighter and easier to manage.  Things begin to happen the way you need them to happen.  When you trust the universe, Nature, Karma, The Spirits, The Dead, Providence, God, the gods, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, yourself, your mind, your soul or Allah, whomever, whatever – you will find that your purpose on this planet becomes clearer to you.  It is through trusting that you learn to let go.  Letting go shows you a clearer picture of who it is that you are, it is a process that defines you.  There is a part of yourself that you must let go of each time you share of yourself, each time you tell another person your secrets.  And we all have secrets – do not pretend for one minute that there is not something in your life you would rather no-one knew.  Secrets are fine – if you feel safer keeping them – just do not lie to yourself about who you truly are.  Trust that your heart knows only pure motivation.  You have to act with pure motivation when you have opened your life to another.  That is best for both of you.  You have to be aware of the world around you flooding into that opening, when you open up.  When you choose to open your heart you will be physically affected.  The body responds in kind.  It is most important to evaluate your whys when you do what you do.  When you understand your whys you will feel empowered to act for the right reasons and be brave enough to follow your heart without fearing or feeling vulnerable.  Know there is no point in acting for a bad reason – karma will kick you for that.

Motivation is a driving force that affects every single one of us, every single day.  You will either be bothered, or you won’t.  If you won’t be bothered about anything:  about life, about people, about animals, about the environment, about your state of mind – then you need to change your life.  There is no question.  You have to find something to be bothered about.  Even if it is just staying alive.  A lot of people have that bother.  Life does not inspire in them much enthusiasm for living.  A lot of people exist in this limbo-land between living and not-living.  There is a fine line between alive and dead, and a fine line between genius and madness.  A very fine line.  I think the world needs to wake up to the reality that schizophrenics on this planet are not called ‘revolving doors’ for nothing.  In and out, in and out.  Their consciousness.  They are not in control of their aspects, at all.  Their minds are bent by hallucination, their realities warped by the projections of their minds.  They believe everything their minds tell them, which is a worry.  Like those who drink to blackout.  Where is your consciousness during that time and what is driving you – purely your subconscious?  It is interesting.  People are interesting when they substance-abuse.  I think this world needs to wake up to the fact that there are a lot of young people – in fact, a lot of people – escaping this reality because they find it intolerable.  Would the governments not be serving us better if they tidied up the reality?  The reality we find ourselves faced with is flawed.  Flawed is not a train-smash.  It can be fixed.  We just have to be bothered to fix it.

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Love/Hate – Blog No. 20

tumblrkwxd3rlAI51qa9utro1500largeFor there to be equilibrium on a universal scale, we need to balance the scales of love and hate.  There is a lot of hate circumnavigating this globe of ours.  There is too much war.  Too many old wars.  I am not speaking about the peace-making efforts of international forces, either.  Their’s is a job and they do it with our welfare in mind.  I don’t think it is easy to be trained to kill another man.  It goes against our very grain.  Ours is the will to live.  Where there is man pitted against man because belief-systems differ, there is war.  War of heart, war of mind.  When you explain to a boy that he will hate another man because of what he stands for, you are taking away his freedom.  When you tell a boy that he has enemies before he has had a chance to explore a life without strife, you are forcing your prejudice down a virgin throat.  It’s abusive.  Why can these violent nations not see what damage they are doing to their own children?  They are systematically crippling generation after generation of boys, men.  The hatred that is cultivated in dark man-corners and passed on proudly from father to son is thwarting the evolution of a lot of males on this planet.  In order to progress, you have to change your thinking.  You cannot escape this reality.  I, for one, am tired of hearing Israel and Palestine bleating about the same grievances they’ve been bleating about for decades.  Their voices are noise, their words, empty.  The fact of the matter is they do not want to find solution – that is the point that should be made.  Why does everyone skirt around this issue?  There is too much deliberate ‘not-offending’ going on in our first-world societies.  Too much lip-service and arse-kissing.  How far do we go with covering up how flawed a lot of belief-systems are?  The men who perpetuate war are behaving like children.  They will all have the last word and they will all have their way in a world that must accommodate everyone.  Did you not hear that we are all entitled to an opinion, as long as we don’t think it’s the only one?  When did anyone on this planet get anywhere worthwhile without compromise?  When you are dealing with real people, you must employ diplomacy and you must be prepared to adjust your opinions.  Compromise means you look at a situation from other sides.  You appreciate that there are people whose ideas are bigger, better, than your own.  You do not hold on to an old rage.  What is the point of that?  The horrors happened, people died.  The point is to prevent the situation from escalating further and the only way to do that is to get these old schools of thought to modify their thinking.

I think the bible is questionable as a life-manual.  It is an interesting metaphor, a vivid story – and the ten commandments are good – but as a work of fact (dare I say truth?)  it fails dismally.  I think too many people take its lessons too literally and this raises questionable expectations of a god, his son, his spirit.

I think the Koran speaks a great truth.  Allah cannot have as many followers as he does without having something truly inspiring to say.  Perhaps their ‘religion’ is timeless, the Muslims.  Their language is fluid, it is evolving and spinning and whirling like a dervish, and their faith is very strong, a feature of their society.  Perhaps we could all learn something from a people who understand devotion.  Do you know how powerful the reach of devotion?

I think it’s time we asked one another what it is that we can do to make amends in this fractured world.  We cannot ignore that we have issues, complex issues of hatred to try and overcome.  I believe they can be overcome.  I believe the amount of hatred directed at the Germans – purely because of the Holocaust – has done a lot of damage to their existing psyches.  It is a form of oppression – the with-holding of love from a people – and a lot of love has been with-held from Germany because of their past.  It is time to move on from their dent in the past.  Rwanda has moved on.  That was a genocide on some scale.  Can you imagine being hacked to death with a machete?  Bodies lining the streets for weeks – piled so high cars had to drive over them to get by?  That kind of horror is as bad – if not worse – than anything done to the Jews during the war.  Can we not accept that there were two bloody great wars and get beyond their reach?  For gods’ sake.  I think god waits for the alarm of peace to sound.   We would all do well to work towards that silence.

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