Healing and Transformation

Healing and Transformation

Solutions for a World in Crisis

posted by David G Arenson ND

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The state of the world is under serious threat. My hope is that we will come together and turn swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks as per the biblical prophecy.

How will we handle this crisis in the foreseeable future? Our individual, social and political choices stand before us as a test of will.

What is inside reflects exactly the outside. The external mirror reflects what is internal, and the exchange between what is within and what is without is a portal to primary reality.

It is only peace that leads to peace, that encompasses peace, that is the way to peace. It is only by sincerely being peaceful can anyone claim to want peace. Can anyone claim they want peace when launching missiles at their neighbour? Until both sides stop demonizing each other, we will never get peace.

It is a source of sadness and shame that those describing themselves as liberals have taken on issues of great complexity and have sought to paint one side as evil or another side as victims. This is not a mindful approach.

Historically speaking, there has been a racist tendency amongst humankind that is animalistic. Animals will often seek a “scape goat” or prey on weaker animals. It is an animal instinct to be tribal and territorial. So too, people have attacked ethnic minorities, homosexuals, witches and other outsiders. Hitler sought to murder anyone inform, feeble-minded, or mentally ill.

In essence, what we are still seeing is demonisation of one another. There is no way that we can advance as a civilization if we continue to characterize each other as evil. It feeds into the whole cycle of fear, trauma and collective disempowerment.

Crudely speaking, two main political groups have resided over much of the rhetoric in the media, both based on fear and alienation of each other. Neither is awake or awakened as the one system feeds of the other, coming at the expense of the opposition. When one has an enemy, one has a focus outside of the self. One can always blame and use the other as a scapegoat, whilst avoiding self-responsibility and correction. The political structure has placed power and its continuity as its most important goal. A battle for dominance is hence fomented in perpetuity.

Humankind is suffering from collective trauma. Our vitality and sense of self has been taken away from us. What we are seeing is a discharge of energy, which us both terrifying and also liberating. What do we perceive to be negative or positive? Who holds power over us? Are we victims of oppression? Do we have the power to create our reality?

What are our choices now? Will we continue to declare war?

Will we declare war on… war on drugs, war on terrorism, war on cancer, war on alcohol, war on depression, war on immigration, war on communism, war on insects, war on weeds, war on the homeless…(a list that never ends)?

New solutions based on common respect and a genuine goal of peaceful resolution – is the only way forward. The moment we demonize each other, is the moment we declare war on each other, fomenting the seeds for more terror. Hatred and fear only strengthens war, division and the cycle of violence.

If one can imagine that all our thoughts and feelings are known and loved without condition. If one can let go of all judgment and criticism of the self. If one can learn how to love the entirety of one’s self without condition. Then one will know peace.

Dharma is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice. It’s all about harnessing our energies and focusing them on that which we wish to achieve.

“I have omnipotence at my command and eternity at my disposal.”
~ Eliphas Lévi

Thoughts grasp one’s energy and consciousness away from the now, away from love, away from silence. This moment is the only true reality. Finding oneself in this eternal now, is the most liberating thing we can ever do as individuals and a society.

The great goal of life is not to win, not to counteract, not to disturb, not to cause another pain, not to speak badly of another, and not so stand in judgment of others. Our goal is simply to love.

May all beings be happy.

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Photo Credits: Sculpture by Yevgeny Vuchetich, 1959, Via Wiki Commons

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher and Energy Healer
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4 Questions to Finding Your Dharma (Purpose)

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Most of the daily challenges we experience as human beings originate from a lack of understanding.

The way to cultivate refinement of the mind and uplift the human experience from ignorance and suffering, is to practise dharma.

The Buddhist concept of dharma has a central philosophy that all is whole and complete as it is. There is no accident in the entire universe.

What is this cryptic notion of dharma and is there a way to decode it for modern consumption?

Dharma is a broad concept with many understandings and definitions, very much like the word “tao.” Like tao, dharma supports the natural order of the universe and those who are in harmony with it. Dharma could also be described as the nature of “what is” and in Buddhism, refers to the practice of following the Buddha’s teachings. The diligent observance and practice of these teachings, is the way to enlightenment.

“There is no term in Buddhist terminology wider than dharma. It includes not only the conditioned things and states, but also the non-conditioned, the Absolute Nirvana. There is nothing in the universe or outside, good or bad, conditioned or non-conditioned, relative or absolute, which is not included in this term.” ~ Walpola Rahula

One could argue that dharma is a truth, a teaching, a practice and enlightenment itself.
Everything is expressing itself fully according to its nature, and thusly there are no duplicates and no failure. All that is created is unique. As individuals in this perfect whole, we are all ingredients that perfectly express themselves – every nuance and character contributes to the overall manifestation. As James Hillman said (in The Soul’s Code), “You are born with a character, it is given, a gift as the old stories say, from the guardians upon your birth.”

Living in dharma means living ones’ purpose, bringing forth one’s personality and expressing it in the world. By living on the quiet, in fear, limitation, or otherwise, we are denying the world our one-of-a-kind gifts. So, too, living from the ego denies the full expression of our talents for the benefit of others. The purpose of dharma is to allow the world to evolve to its full potential.

“We know we are in dharma when we cannot think of anything else we would rather be doing with our life.” ~ David Simon

How does one relate to the seemingly mystical and intangible elements to finding one’s dharma?

Since there are no spare parts to the universe, then each individual part is needed by the whole, it is necessary, it is wanted. For the whole symphony to vibrate at its most refined and poetic, it requires all instruments to play their part. Thus, one thing is essential for the greater good – each person must follow the authentic path that is most wholly-speaking “theirs” and only theirs.

It reminds me that I am nothing, I am everything, I am here for a purpose for all, I am not here by mistake. And neither are you. On this point, the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson are worthy of contemplation ~
“Standing on the bare ground…a mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.”

The whole universe supports me when I act according to my nature, my calling, my purpose, my reason for being.

Living a meaningful life requires that I live in dharma to the whole of creation. Dharma is an opening, a mission, a doorway, a purpose, a destiny, an active element and a passive process of surrender. Could anything be more important?

 

To find your dharma, here are 4 Questions to Meditate on:

  1. Do you know what your dharma is? Have you found it yet? Where have you looked?
  2. How would you live differently if you knew your days were numbered?
  3. Which people do you admire most and why?
  4. When did you have the most fun? What memories come to mind – what were you doing at the time?

Photo: Flickr

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher and Energy Healer
Find out more about me: http://www.findshambhala.com

Inquire about arranging a retreat: http://www.mretreat.com

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4 Steps to Creating Inner Peace

posted by David G Arenson ND

How to transform negativity into love? A 40-day Sādhanā is sure to set anyone on a new course.

立石光正monksSādhanā is a Sanskrit word denoting “a practice toward a spiritual goal.” According to Bhattacharyya, Sādhanā prevents excessive worldliness and moulds the mind into a form and disposition (bhāva) which “develops the knowledge of dispassion and non-attachment.”

“Sādhanā is a means whereby bondage becomes liberation.” ~ Bhattacharyya, History of the Tantric Religion

In the Glossary for Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism, Sādhanā is defined as:

“A Meditational practice, normally involving visualization, recitation of verses and mantras, physical gestures, and real or visualized offerings to a particular yidam, in order to attain enlightenment.”

The goal of Sādhanā is calming the mind and bringing less attachment to change and the outer circumstances of life. When we go within, we can become more powerful co-creators. We can begin to define the quality of our lives, and what we choose to focus on and manifest. By moulding the external world to match our internal world, we consciously bring responsibility and empowerment into our lives.

“According to A Course in Miracles, there are only two basic emotions: one is fear, the other is love. You may fear the disapproval of others. Take that risk and you’ll discover that you receive more approval when you don’t seek it than when you do. You may fear the unknown. Take that risk as well. Wander in there, asking yourself, “What is the worst thing that can happen if this doesn’t work out?” The truth is that you will just move beyond it. You’re not going to starve to death or be tortured if it doesn’t work out… Fear knocked at the door. Love answered and no one was there.” ~ Wayne Dyer, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace

It’s so easy to become lost in the “happenings” of the external: drama, noise and media rumblings. Instead, a spiritual practice feeds our soul and allows us to remain grounded and stable despite any storms happening outside of us. Detachment mitigates suffering. It does not mean that we need become apathetic, it just guides our direction and provides spiritual sustenance. Thus, when things do go a bit crazy (and that’s likely to happen at some time), we have a strong foundation to cling on to. Like a skeleton that keeps our bodies upright and prevents us from falling apart, we retain an internal structure whatever happens on the outside.

On the external, there could be a tsunami, yet we can stay strong in our core truth, purity and love. A Sādhanā practice could be going for a walk, chanting a mantra, practicing inner silence, a five or 10-minute morning and evening meditation, or just focusing on the breath to calm the mind. When practiced regularly, we become attuned to the natural ebbs and flows of life, cycles become integrated within us, and our awareness shifts to the divine nature of life. The physical world limits our perspective when we are attached to it. Great spiritual leaders have been able to transcend their personal circumstances and act from a space of possibility.

When we first turn to acceptance, we empower ourselves to act with consciousness and awareness. When we merely react and feel victimized due to circumstances, we lose our power.

How does one monitor one’s progress and self-correct?

An emotional reaction is a sign of judgment kicking in. Some emotional responses are entirely appropriate and protective, yet it is the unwanted responses that can lead us into a place of suffering as we resist what has appeared in front of us. Such reactions are actually signals or signposts that point to a perturbation occurring. Unless one responds to that with awareness, it will continue to recur.

For me, an emotional disruption is something happening within me. It is within that I may find the seeds for an understanding, resolution and cure. If I have internal peace, then I effortlessly move on to the next thing. If not, then there is something for me to look at. A Sādhanā practice feeds our souls and over time will cultivate a new perspective of empowerment and separation from that which previously we were allowing ourselves to be a victim of. Over time, our very definition of who and what we are, will shift boundlessly.

“The Sphinx has one great message to those who make pilgrimage to its feet—‘Cease searching in the outer world to solve the mystery of life. Within yourself there is a chamber. It lies hidden at the end of a long, winding corridor. This chamber is your secret sanctuary. There you will find all that is needed by your soul. Stay with me awhile in silence, and I will lead you to the door. The door is locked, but the key is in your hand. It has always been there, invisible. While you have ranged the wide world searching for it. ‘Use your own key. Retire within. I will not come beyond the threshold. In showing you the way, my task is done.’” ~ Major Wellesley Tudor Pole

What’s your spiritual practice or Sādhanā? How has this practice changed your life?

Four steps to start a Sādhanā practice:

A committed practice does not require any previous experience or particular aptitude. All human beings have a divine birthright to love, peace and happiness, and to access higher consciousness and connect to universal wisdom.

  1. Find a simple practice and then commit to it for 40 days. It could be anything from silence, stillness, mantra, yoga, qi gong, to Sufi dancing.
  2. Make sure to have a “why”—an understanding of the benefits and reasons for Sādhanā. Make it easy for yourself by sticking to something simple and achievable. It’s too easy to leave out a day or two. It’s natural to have bad days when you don’t feel like doing anything. I have the same challenge with flossing! That’s why the key is commitment!
  3. Journal the process. Feel free to share your experience. Compare your feelings on the first day versus how you felt after the 40th day.
  4. Prepare for an adventure! And enjoy the process!

Photo: WikiCommons

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher and Energy Healer
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Why Commitment Matters

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A study was done on the dynamics of performance in 1993. Two groups were separated into:
Group ONE: Solo pianists playing solo in orchestras in front of hundreds of people.
Group TWO: Pianists teaching other people to play.

Results: The solo pianists practiced for longer (10,000hrs vs. 2000hrs over a 10 year period) and devoted their attention to improving areas of deficit or weakness until they could master them.

For me, that is all about COMMITMENT. Commitment changes EVERYTHING! The pianists who placed a ceiling on their performance had that show up in their life. They limited their success, their performance, their results.

I was meditating on the following words from Eat Pray Love recently and thinking what commitment means to me. Where does it show up in my life, and more importantly, do I show up?

I’m sure you can relate. Too often we blame others or external circumstances on how we are feeling and what results we are getting in our lives. How truly committed are we to excellence, to achieving the goals we have made?

How real have we got with our priorities?

In Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert writes the following:

“…I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” – a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself….then truth will not be withheld from you.” Or so I’ve come to believe.”

I challenge myself to make committed decisions, to act with commitment whether it is in relationships, finances, work, family or personal spiritual goals. No more half-measures. I challenge you, readers to do the same. Make committed decisions, act with commitment, be committed to grow, to be a better man / woman/ daughter/ son/ sister/ brother/ father/ mother/ friend/ etc.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no person could have dreamed would have come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!” ~ Goethe.

“When Love and Power unite Almighty Grace endows Mankind.” ~ Schuler.

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With COMMITMENT, Providence steps in. How will you allow your decisions to define you? What will you do differently when you decide to commit all your resources to your decisions? How will your life change accordingly?

PRACTICE:

Think of an area of your life that hasn’t been showing the RESULTS you wish for. Examine your beliefs, habits, actions and feelings about this area. Are there any situations where you have demonstrated commitment and not got the results you were seeking? Now how can you empower yourself to do better? Examine why you haven’t fully committed. Be honest here…brainstorm the reasons. Write everything down that comes into your mind, without editing.

Now time for a change.

Reread and analyse your thoughts.

How will you do it differently from now on? What will you COMMIT to changing in future…

Now is the time to COMMIT.

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher and Energy Healer
Find out more about me: http://www.findshambhala.com

Inquire about arranging a retreat: http://www.mretreat.com

To send a question for Q&A with David, please email David – david@mretreat.com

 

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