We All Have Our Flaws

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The ego lives through comparison. How you are seen by others is often how you see yourself.
When I criticise or condemn another it makes me feel bigger, more superior. These are egoic patterns that are often hard to break. Most of the time, the things that bother us about other people are actually reflections of your our internal issues, which is why they are so apparent to us. At times when you find yourself criticising others, ask, “what is it in me that needs to change?”
First we must become aware of these mental processes, and then we slowly drop them.

Don’t wait to start living

Lao tzu quotes a good traveller has no fixed plans waiting to start livingThe “waiting to start living” syndrome is one of the most common delusions of the unconscious state. You don’t have to wait for something “meaningful” to come into your life so that you can finally enjoy what you do. There is more meaning and joy in the here-and-now than you will ever need.

A reversal of your priorities comes about when the main purpose for doing what you do becomes the doing itself, or rather, the current of consciousness that flows into what you do. That current of consciousness is what determines quality. Another way of putting it, in any situation and in whatever you do, your state of consciousness is the primary factor: the situation and what you do is secondary. Future success is dependent upon and inseparable from the consciousness out of which the actions emanate. That can be either the reactive force of the ego or the alert attention of the awakened consciousness. All truly successful action comes out of the field of alert attention, rather than from ego and conditioned, unconscious thinking.

The Noble Purpose of Suffering

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Suffering has a noble purpose, the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of ego.
The ego says, I should not have to suffer, and that makes you suffer so much more.

It is a distortion of the truth.

Your soul’s purpose is to transform.
As long as you avoid suffering, you slow to process of transformation, because the resistance creates more ego. When you accept suffering, however, there is an acceleration of that process which is brought about by the fact that you suffer cautiously. The fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness.

Quotes About Love – Khalil Gibran

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A beautiful quote about love by Khalil Gibran, it reminds us to open our hearts to love. Not only romantic love, but love of everything; the universe, nature, beauty, and most importantly,,, you.

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit” – Khalil Gibran

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Doubt is Good

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Doubt is good.
It is an inherent part of anyones spiritual journey. I have had my fair share of doubt.
It comes every now and then, in different orders of magnitude.
Recently, I came across an article in regards to Yogi Bhajan, a key figure in bringing Kundalini to the West. I have a great affinity for his school and having found Kundalini a while back, It is a fundamental part of my daily well-being routine.
The article outlined several purported accusations against Bhajan. Immediately my mind went into a spirals.
I told myself.“This guy is a fraud, this entire thing is a fraud!”

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Enlightenment? No

buddha - enlightenment“Does a Buddha say to himself, ‘I have obtained Enlightenment.’?”
“No. There is no such thing as Perfect Enlightenment to obtain. If a Perfectly Enlightened Buddha were to say to himself, ‘I am enlightened’ he would be admitting there is an individual person. Enlightenment consists of transcending the Self and realizing that individuality is an illusion.”

From the Diamond Sutra, Chapter 9 via FarOutZen

The Source of Consciousness – Deepak vs Dawkins

The source of consciousness is a an extremely contested topic in the field of science. In this video Dawkins, an outspoken atheist, and Deepak Chopra, a popular spiritualist go head to head to discuss this issue.  This is an excerpt from the debate.

The conscious universe is something which is impossible to prove via the scientific method, thus it is a concept that scientists such as Dawkins find very difficult to swallow. The problem stems mostly from our definition of consciousness. Continue reading The Source of Consciousness – Deepak vs Dawkins