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6 Striking Characteristics of people who never change


It is no longer news that for many people, change is never an option, even when everything including common sense is screaming and pointing toward the urgent necessity for change. Sometimes, one is forced to get past the usual criticisms and look deep. Are there perhaps some special qualities lacking in others, which those who never change possess above others which inform their habitual hardline posture? Here are 5 striking qualities found in individuals who mostly shun change.

  1. They are extremists. These individuals hold a rather eccentric outlook on life. They are go-getters with this somewhat geeky touch to all things; they seem to never stop when they start and never start when they stop. To them, loyalty to a cause, be it only a pattern of thinking is more important than value judgement. Perhaps, the down side to this attribute is they never seem to see it as an aberration needing balance. As far as they are concerned, you are the one whose head needs examining!
  2. They are chronic procrastinators. The last thing a procrastinator would do is to really commit to doing or being. Like all procrastinators, those who never see any need for change despite the obvious, seem to be motivated by a totally different set of mental laws, which forms the basis of all their actions. It’s funny, but sometimes a procrastinator even publicly declares how much he is aware of his “weakness”, but very often he walks away from it without genuine consideration – no serious plan on how to curb it. A genuine consideration would first and foremost overthrow and overhaul the existing mental patterns so as to pave way for the installation of the new, better ideas.
  3. They are spiritually indolent. When you are spiritually indolent, you are lazy of the mind, soul and spirit. Many procrastinators usually do not notice this, as spiritual indolence is something lethal, often occurring in academically brilliant and sagacious people than you would ordinarily expect. At first it would seem being an intellectual is something of repute, something to be proud about; on the contrary such people are to be pitied spiritually, since they are often hard put to understand things like morality, real beauty and harmony. Spiritually indolent people have walled themselves in through their unrelenting to the exclusive influence and control of their day brain. They have no respect for anything which cannot be immediately proved by exact science, such as the outcomes of intuitions or gut feelings, so when you talk about change, everything you say sounds strange; and you’d better be someone armed with the mental and spiritual facts of any matter before taking on them.
  4. They are so selfish. Yes, it takes a considerable amount of selfishness and stubborn self will to be an unrepentant nay sayer. People who never change often run their lives on auto pilot of self serving ideas, which they pursue relentlessly not just so they will be noticed, but simply because the procedure favours them repeatedly. There is something their survival hinges upon which cannot just be wished away. The trouble though, is bringing them to realise that life is not always about being fixated – living from just one location throughout life, doing one mundane stuff over and over again without getting tired, never changing friends, never changing jobs, never aspiring for improvement, but always being the same nice guy and thus remaining the same way throughout their lives. They thereby miss out on many possibilities for growth and living the larger life.
  5. They have no plans. Let’s call it a plan, but usually we are talking about having a vision for their lives, something they live for. The only thing they live for, is nothing, and because they live for nothing, they are always quick to die for anything that bears the semblance of heroism, all of are vain attempts to stifle the loud lamentations of their languishing souls. They are often busy and sometimes very ambitious, but more often than not, they achieve nothing of substance.
  6. They have a closed mind. This may seem like a repetition, but the closed mindedness of those who shun change is the result of their insupportable selfishness. They do not welcome new ideas,  unless such ideas come directly  from them,  then such an idea must be treated with distrust.

The list is endless, I merely filtered out these five points as outstanding and therefore, easily discernible by many.

The good news? Everyone changes! It probably takes a different set of motivations for everyone, for, what moves me may not exactly interest you. Some are changed by stress, others by fear, most by love. But everything changes with time, when they outlive their lifespan, they change, and that includes man and his character.

I would love to hear from you. Tell me what you feel in the comments section.

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 World Peace through enlightenment : EVERYTHING MUST BECOME NEW!

(A three minutes read.. .🍁🍀🍁)

Let me repeat here again for the sake of emphasis : if you want peace of mind, you must become new, a new creature who has inwardly and outwardly adapted to the new world order.

If you look around you with discerning eyes, you would’ve noticed that things are no longer the way they used to be. Everything has changed, in principle, in the spirit. Then, the change is unfolding before our very eyes on an hourly basis, only those without a tweak of conscious awareness can still say that things are as they used to be.

No big deal? Change has been there all along? The only constant is change? Well, the change I refer to here is not the change induced by any political machinery, not the change orchestrated by some tyrant figure over his subjects, I am talking about the collective change in all human affairs, be it in the economy, social life, religion, culture, politics, nature…not least the very distinctive value shifts rocking all peoples! Something is astir within the hearts of men, forcing them to re-evaluate life, to think and ask the basic questions of life. A higher Will stronger than the stubborn self will of humanity has been enthroned, and men stand incredulous and uncomprehending before the great happening. Henceforth, it is no longer business as usual.

We have once again come to the crossroads in our existence, albeit for the last time – the unfolding spectacle of streams of happenings is rocking us up, shaking our very human foundations such that we are no longer at ease, leaving the few who are still alive inwardly to become seekers of the truth, while those who are very sure of themselves do not even bother, for in any case they are already spiritually dead.

They are the very ones, the dead in spirit who are now being rudely roused out of their sleep in the chain of tribulations afflicting humankind. Remember : all that is dead in creation shall be awakened in the judgement so that they may pass judgement upon themselves. The only way to contain these trying times and go through them with inner peace, is by being aware.

Be aware of who you are, your purpose on this earth. Know the meaning of life. Become acquainted with those eternal laws of nature which harbour the Divine Will, and adjust your life accordingly. This is not asking too much of anyone, it is necessary self preservation, to be or not to be, finally and irrevocably.

Presently only those people suffer who are ignorant of what is going on. Things have fallen apart and their centre can no longer hold. They have delayed too long before the necessary awakening. They must now suffer doubly under everything. Yet they must give thanks for being allowed to experience everything they must experience, for that is the only way to help them.

The laws of creation
If we as human creatures are wise enough to include manuals or guidelines by which our creations may be joyfully utilised, why shouldn’t we expect our Creator to be far wiser than us to include a manual, as it were, by which life can only be successfully lived? Why do we not pay heed to the very active laws we observe in nature, and apply them in our own lives?

These laws are unwritten, yet they are visibly there as timeless principles in the eternal cycle of events. Manifold are their varying forms and applications, but three stand out such that we may refer to them as the main pillars of creation:

1. The law of spiritual gravitation

2. The law of attraction of homogeneous species

3. The law of reciprocal actions

 Put differently, the Law of Reciprocal Actions states that we reap whatever we sow. Some call it the law of karma, others call it the law of cause and effect. Whatever we choose to call it, the significant thing about this law is that it makes sure you get in return as fruits and many times over whatever seeds you put into creation in the form of thoughts, words and visible deeds. The import of this as creatures of freewill is to let our choices be such that brings us happiness, not doom.

The law of attraction of what is similar plays out in like attracting like. Birds of a feather flock together. Show me your friend and I’ll tell you who you are!, and so on.

Gravity dictates where we find ourselves in time and space.What is light floats or ascends, what is heavy sinks or descends, owing to its heaviness.

These three laws ensure sanity, accountability and justice in the cosmic order. When we become aware of them, we would no longer see ourselves as creatures of chance or arbitrary fate, we would know where and how we participate in our threads of fate.

We will become knowing :-

Peace has not eluded us. He has not given peace to some and denied same of others. We, of our free volitions enjoy peace of mind or deny ourselves of the right to peace when through wrong choices, we oppose the natural laws.


We would become calm. And as our awareness expands, so will our gratitude for being given the opportunity to experience consciously. We would no longer flock with chickens, when we are supposed to be eagles. We would immediately realise that all hurt feelings are simply the result of wrong associations. We would build bridges of love, but the certainty of a bridge already indicates we are all separated by walls and rivers and oceans of individual choices, which cannot just be wished away, our bridges should only be crossed by those with the right key, which is love.

We would no longer harm others in our pursuit of relevance and happiness, for just as we are seeking happiness, they too are seeking happiness.We would help them know that happiness already dwells within them as an ocean of unmanifest being, seeking manifestation, and they need only be to manifest this happiness.

We would no longer wallow in bitterness nor envy anyone. We would be at peace, knowing we are exactly where we are meant to be, by our choosing. That it would take nothing other than a new pattern of choices replacing old patterns for us to experience any height or level of happiness.

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    Happiness and the laws of naturalness


    Happiness as a result of being natural

    Being natural, to a great extent is not as easy to define as it may seem. Naturalness is to be found in the nature of all realities, whether manifest or not.

    It took on a living form in the web of providence, in which we clearly see the good hands of a loving Creator of all things. 

    The laws of being are those specific laws of naturalness which stipulates the conditions, rationale and limits of existence for all that is contained in absolute reality.

    Much has been written and said about happiness – many agree that it is a state of being. But of this being, consensus seems to be lacking. Bring two people together and ask them to pinpoint that exact state of being at which we could say someone is profoundly happy, and you see variations of perceptions as to what constitutes happiness. This article will attempt to address the subject from a space of clarity, and subjective inferences avoided as much as possible.


    The laws of  being

    There are as many laws of being as any investigator of inner life would want to grapple with, but three of these laws immediately stand out in the way they embrace all else contained in others:


    1. The law of love

    The law of love is the primary law guiding the entire cosmos, and as creatures of love, we cannot get around the necessity of being love in our own experience and in the experiences of others. What is the larger implication of this?

    First, that love is not something passive, it is being through prompt engagement in joyful activity. Any mediocre can sit in an armchair and talk about love endlessly with high sounding words, but only those really alive inwardly put love into practice by taking deliberate actions to care for themselves and others.

    Sermons on love, however beautiful, cannot replace practical love. We need to get up and act in the overall interest of those we claim to love. A being cannot be loving and be lacking in happiness at the same time, because the practice of love brings happiness automatically to him.

    2. The law of balance

    The law of balance is consequent upon the law of love. We are to give unceasingly as we sow good thoughts, words and deeds, but we have a duty to also take. Taking ensures continuity in the necessary circulation of all the currents of love throughout the cosmic order.

    By taking we do not mean mere blind grabbing of what comes our way, not minding whether we really need them or not, it means to take what we do need for immediate survival, and nothing more, for all things change forms and grabbing is actually a lack of faith in a universe of abundance.

    In its advanced finer state, taking implies standing on duty to receive and transmit higher vibrations of love from higher to lower lying realms.

    We cannot avoid taking without bringing harm upon ourselves anymore than we can avoid breathing in, in order not to be seen as greedy.

    We can relate this to happiness by always ensuring there is a balance in the flow of inputs into our lives, and outputs we give out. Our physical, emotional, financial and spiritual health all depend on this balance.

    3. The law of responsibility

    This law is an inalienable attribute of the gift of freewill. Being spiritual at our deepest core, we are powerfully attracting magnets. But we could attract everything in sight in a wild medley of desires, and ultimately plunge ourselves into confusion and disease were it not for the free will to choose only those vibrations as suit our actual preferences in line with our nature. So the free will acts as a check, that we may not blindly bring upon ourselves what is harmful through choosing wrongly.

    The responsibility is ours to choose to experience only what is noble and  uplifting by thinking only pure thoughts, speaking only the right words and doing only the right things. We are free to make this decision of choice only at the beginning of each event, but having chosen, we are irrevocably bound to the consequences of our decisions, and must accept responsibility, no matter whether the outcome is pleasant or sorrowful.

    There is a school of thought that wants to pick a quarrel about this law of responsibility by claiming there are no right or wrong actions, but only actions, only experiences, which ultimately must lead to the good of the individual. I do not wish to contest their position, after all, a great deal of consciousness is immersed in a relativity duel between objectivity and subjectivity.

    I only want to draw their attention to the fact that not all experiences ultimately lead to the good of the individual, only those experiences are beneficial from which their lessons were extracted and put to use.

    If we observe the natural laws, we are free and happy. If we work against these laws, we suffer pain and anguish, and at its extreme, we may lose all the consciousness already acquired in the course of our wanderings through this part of this cosmos. And we return via the dark tunnel, to the Source whence we came, as a fruit of creation which didn’t accomplish its purpose. 

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    Why is change so difficult for most people?


    Of all concepts, change is the one permanent reality most brutally resisted by human beings!
    Change is the one constant we’ve all come to embrace as creatures of intelligence, yet it is also the one most strongly resisted and avoided by the average individual. The last thing an average person would want to do is to change an undesirable attribute or situation in favour of something more worthy, beneficial or productive. But why do we resist change, even when we already admit it as essential to our progress?

    1. The greatest culprit is probably spiritual indolence. A habitual laziness of both body and mind that shies away from doing the needful. Here is where procrastination comes in – it is not always that procrastinators do not realise the need or urgency for change, but their habitual deference has become so lethal and incapacitating, that they must be seen as persons in need of great help. They need to be rehabilitated on how to regain ownership of their lost free will.

    2. Lack of awareness is another strong factor. There is no way you can expect someone who doesn’t even know he needs change to begin the process of change. With but a few exceptions, the majority of people are not quite different from animals, in their manner of conduct. Most animals exist only to eat, drink and give birth. At the outmost, their bodies can serve as food, and quite a few are used as beasts of burden.

    Earthmen however, ought to be different. We are not quite so similar to animals with no particular goals to strive after or dreams to fulfill; we can know, know that we have a mission on this earth, and that our lives have great, beautiful purpose.

    Awareness leads to self love and brings with it a high sense of personal responsibility. People get to realise the powers they possess, and that these powers are meant to be channeled to productive use. It is common to see individuals who think they are nothing, and cannot count for any meaningful progress. 

    3. Vanity. The craving for importance, the mania for credibility and revenge all lend impetus to great stubbornness. And as we all know, stubbornness is an obstacle against which even the gods themselves fight in vain, because stubbornness is akin to stupidity.

    Many there are, who want to know why they should change, and what they stand to benefit in the process. They make it sound as if they are being begged. Are they not aware how even the smallest shift in perspective can become a catalyst for profound epiphanies? Positive change is always a win-win for all. The process may be painful and demanding, yet in the end, the individual emerges a new person, whose consciousness having been expanded, would never remain the same again.

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    Humanity – the best we can ever be!

    The best we can ever be, as humans, is to allow the humanity in us to come to full value. We can do this by paying the necessary attention to things that are really of benefit to us, by showing more love, compassion and empathy to our environment and fellow beings in this remotest part of the cosmos.

    Not by reaching out and wishing for privileges that in the natural order of things, we can never enjoy. It is not wrong to aspire to greater new heights of achievement, as long as what we seek lies within the domain of our human existence, that is what is desired; but it is a dangerous diversion to constantly neglect the little things that make our humanity meaningful just because we already want to overstep our boundaries.

    Do we have boundaries as humans? Why, yes, we have boundaries! And boundaries are limits! The good news about these boundaries is that they are natural, they are not placed on us by compulsion, it is simply a matter of the abilities inherent in the species.

    Humans are by origin spiritual. In this spirituality, they have their home and can stretch their imaginations and abilities to any length, they can achieve whatever they want to achieve, without fear of a possible lack of space! There is ample and infinite room for development and expansion within the bounds of spirituality.

    However, the moment men cease from making the necessary efforts to be at their very best at all times as spiritually mature beings and begin to nourish the idea of being divine, he loses every support and at the extreme he becomes an outlaw – never quite human nor what he aspires to be! We were formed after the image and likeness of the Creator, this doesn’t quite make us the Creator himself. He alone is Supremely Divine and infinitely perfect. Man can be faultless, if he practices chastity to the highest degree, yet this will never make him perfect or holy . Perfection is the exclusive attribute of pure divinity.

    “Of course we know this!“, many would declare, yet how easily we get distracted by always having one foot hanging in some “heavenly divine places”, while the other foot, not quite securely placed on the ground, we must then totter and fall, for we are neither here nor there in the process.

    There are many challenges facing humanity on earth, but already for a long time now, our preoccupation is with artificial intelligence – how to replace entire human functions by robots. We want to visit the sun, we want to send drones to Pluto, we have apps for virtually every conceivable thing, yet we do not know how to eradicate hunger, envy and hatred, excruciating poverty, racism, war and disease.

    Whether we arrived here by direct creation, evolution or both, one thing seems to be clear : there is a Supreme Power in charge and there is a purpose behind it all. So it is in order to ask : does our purpose here on earth also include destroying it with hate, negligence and vain ambitions?

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    A life worth living? 

    ​IS LIFE REALLY WORTH LIVING? 

    Lost in the canyons of disillusionment, where the trail runs out and stops against granite barriers that walls us in, we cry “why hast thou forsaken me?” ~Ernest Holmes 🌹🍀

    We live in times of great uncertainties. Never before had the human psyche been so overwhelmed by torrents of unprecedented catastrophes, such as we now witness daily. From starvation to extreme poverty, natural disaster, disease, war and cold-blooded genocide. It looks like the world as we use to know it can no longer be the same.

    Obviously, something the greater majority of people are yet to grapple with has stepped into the world, and unless we speedily come to terms with it, we know not what will be. Worst case scenario: mankind stands a risk of being entirely wiped out! 

     Already for a long time, all nerves are excessively frayed, there is a feeling of helplessness, utter dejection and a sense of separation from life. Exactly as with a stranger in his own home, man no longer feels welcome in this abode that has nurtured him for so long. Added to this is the not so friendly silence of life, a silence so loud and deafening, as to be totally intimidating! In short, the silence leaves many in doubt as to whether there is a supreme intelligence which governs the universe or not. It appears the only thing earthman is sure of is this silence. 
    The immediate effect is the disquiet in the souls of men. Is there really a God? Or is the whole idea of consciousness a grand illusion? To answer this question is same as answering the fundamental question of human existence.

    A belief in God or Over-Soul or Mind or Cosmic Intelligence or the Light-Father, is nothing other than implicit confidence in the Wisdom that brought everything about. Let’s take it for granted that only a negligible few among humans can still in this age assert that life, such as we can see and observe around us is the offspring of chaos rather than planned Intelligence. Yet, intelligence is not intelligence for nothing, Intelligence is Divine wisdom – omniscience. Beauty and harmony are its natural attributes. It is perfection. 
    Perfection however, is permanence in the strictest consistency, which precludes the possibility of errors. Any attempt to suggest or imply the existence of errors is proof of a lack of understanding, a distancing of oneself from true knowledge.

    The greatest thing to know, it seems, is the awareness that Life is Perfect. This is what I refer to as the grandest of all premises! The most solid of all foundational agreements. If we can find a way to agree that life alone is absolute, truly, humanity would experience instant total rebirth! Every other ‘perfect’ reality exists as a molecule or microcosm of this absolute reality. Man can become faultless, yes, but that can only be accommodated within the limits of his own species, he can never on account of his faultlessness become as his Creator. God’s perfection can in no way be compared to the full completion of men!

    Thus, we live in a flawless universe, with incorruptible laws maintaining order everywhere.  We have free will, which is the capacity to make free and unhindered decisions. This free will naturally goes with the responsibility to accept the natural outcome of our choices, good or bad. At the beginning, we are free to make only those choices which will create the outcomes or results we want, but having made the choice, we are bound to the outcome, and must experience it, pleasant or not. Right choices produce favourable and good results, wrong choices produce sorrowful outcomes.
    Our problem is that we either deliberately make so light of this law of cause and effect, or we deceive ourselves when we say we have no freewill, creating in our imagination instead a God who fits into all our expectations, whether we are right or wrong. But God is not at all to be held responsible for our laziness, incomprehension or woes. His Perfect and Good Will is sufficient for a life of constant happiness. It ought to be our duty to find out well on time what this Will of God is, and adjust accordingly.

    The solution to our sense of separation from life does not lie in false reassurances about how amazing or awesome we are, or could be, when in all truth we swim in utter wretchedness, it lies in a humility which accepts the truth as it is. Jingles and catchy phrases soon lose their effect the moment we are through reading or hearing them. 

    We cannot heal ourselves by our sick selves. Not any more. The deadly virus has eaten too deep into the soul of mankind that every attempt at self healing would crumble from the outset. 
    We urgently need the knowledge of the eternal laws governing this creation. Perhaps, the Creator did make a manual by which his creation should be examined and, understood. 
    Life is a gift worth living, the moment we discover who we are and what place we are meant to occupy in its level playing field. Then we must go ahead and fill our place. It is one thing to know that there is a purpose behind your existence, it is another thing to fulfill that purpose. A gift not used has been rejected. We reject life each time when, instead of being fully alive, we lament and complain and play the victim’s game.

    We must therefore awake and start asking the right questions. Even in an age of digital information overload, we can gain a lot and transform quickly by being humble seekers. Not until we finally agree that we know next to nothing of that which can be truly useful for us, can we awake.

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    Six (6) very simple everyday lessons that nevertheless elude us

    PERSPECTIVES ON THE ART OF LIVING

    Often, as we transit from childhood into adulthood, the general first impression is to perceive life as a sort of maze – with myriads of inexplicable happenings. But that is hardly the reality! It depends on who is seeing what, and with which eyes he sees. Childlikeness opens up the windows of the soul, and we see things clearly and deeply with the eyes of the spirit.

    Below, we look at two very familiar perspectives that teach very similar lessons. These lessons are always there, but they are discernible only to those who seek earnestly.

    1. Lessons from the highway of life!

    1. Life is a journey :

    Life is a journey and we are all co-travellers through space. We all have the same open space to endeavour freely, provided that by so doing we do not bring any harm upon others who like us are also journeying with goals to achieve.

    It looks so elementary that one wonders how we still end up overlooking it! On the highway, we have a right to pitch our life’s sales, but the basic first lesson is for us to not only appreciate our little space, but to respect other people’s space as well.

    Overtaking on the highway is allowed, but not at others expense. Even speeding is allowed, but we must know the rules and be prepared to keep them. Obey simple road safety guidelines. Tally this with our life experiences and we find that conflicts in our human relationships greatly minimizes the moment we learn to respect one another’s sacred space.

    2. Life is no competition!

    Even if it does look like a competition. Yes, in some ways, it can be looked upon as one great playing field. But the competition, as you play along with others, is with yourself and no one else.  To start with, we do not all engage with the same type of vehicles( if we refer to our different talents as vehicles). Some of the vehicles are similar to ours, others are not. Perhaps, their engines are different, as are their designs. Here on earth, we realise we are all human beings of body and soul, but what defines us is how we use our God given talents. Some apparently are in control of one form of energy or the other more than the others. Everything lives, but everything is not equal, it depends on what energy waves we are connected to at the moment. Life is not a competition, like a punishment to be served. It is a joyful challenge, a song of being to sing, and master. Don’t envy others, simply develop capacity, and with time, you will be so happy doing your bit that you will have no time bothering about others.

    3. You must be useful!

    You must be consistently useful. This is no punishment, everything moves with purpose. Purpose is what gives direction. Thus, the only standard of value is the kind of activity we are engaged at any moment.

    I observed a commuter bus on the highway, picking and dropping passengers. I noticed that as long as the vehicle was doing well, doing just its business of transporting people and goods from where they are to where they needed to be, everyone was happy. The driver is happy because he is serving a useful purpose, the passengers are happy because their needs are being met. But the moment the vehicle derailed from being useful, because the driver was no longer consistent, but instead was delaying either by stopping unnecessarily or moving so slowly, the passengers  protested, got down and boarded another vehicle.

    In this life, we are only as valuable as we are useful. Our lives must serve a steady, consistent purpose. Time is what life is made of, and we must not waste life by wasting time. Our desires must not conflict with those of others by wasting their valuable time. Our purpose must align with the overall purpose of life. The purpose of our life is the discovery of our gift, and the spread of happiness through giving out this gift.

    4. What you see is what you are, and what you are is what you get!

    The view from the top is always the best. This is what I observed several times on the highway whenever I rode or drove by a hilly point. You see the topography clearly. Life is like that too. Often, we do not see what others are seeing, or we see, but not as clearly, because we are not standing on the same advantaged position as them. Thus what we know is what we know; and what we do not know, we do not know. The real knowing doesn’t come through laborious study, it only requires a shifting of grounds, a change of perspectives. The man standing on the valley is useful, because he tells us from his low level how imposing the mountain really is. There are many things he sees on this ground level, which is no longer accessible from the top view. The man at the mountain top is likewise useful. He has seen a lot during his climb, so he can guide us with his knowledge of the terrain. The error is for those in the valley to try to make it a permanent abode, or for those on the mountain top to become arrogant on account of their impeccable view. Wherever you are, you are succeeding, so long as you do not stand still. Even at the top, there is ample room for expansion.

    5. Enjoy the journey while it lasts! Some of the most awesome bits of inspiration I’ve ever had visited me when I was driving or riding alone. Somehow, the feeling of being free lends impetus to the already jubilant spirit within, and floods of happiness overwhelms us, as we swim in clarity. The simple lesson in this is that in movement alone lies life. When we move, we create opportunity. We become active, useful and happy. We do not solve a problem by sitting down and worrying. When we move out, even when there is no apparent reason, we are somehow encouraged to keep an open eye, and before we know it, solutions starts knocking on our door. The easiest way to create opportunity from nothing, is to move! So, by all means, enjoy the journey of your life. What you get is not nearly as important as what you become in the process.


    (B) I planted a garden!


    I’ve planted several gardens in the past but this particular one was different – it seemed to be filled with a lot of hidden truths! Or, was it I who this time around became different enough to perceive realities which have always been there all along?


    6. Life doesn’t have to be fair, it can only be life!

    We all seem to hold this strange notion that life, if it is to be seen as perfect, should continually pamper us, irrespective of the long term effects on our moral being. Yet, to live is far from being pampered. To live is to make effort and show through consistent earnest striving that one is alive. 


    Consistent effort alone wins! The volition to plant a garden is a good one but it is not enough. Having planted, you must be willing and able to water your crops when necessary, weed out unwanted and poisonous weeds, and tend your crops in many other ways.

    Once, I observed that even after having done your best, life would greet you with another set of surprises – new challenges to grapple with! Although you tried your best and was only waiting to reap your harvest!

    Pests attacked my growing and beautiful corn, as they blossomed. The pests were eating out the leaves of the corn plants, rendering them sick and weak and unfit for flowering. I realised that complaining wasn’t going to solve any problems here, but action might. I consulted and tackled the problem and was able to rescue as many corn plants as possible, just before their flowering time. I noticed that in no way does life return to you good simply because you have been good once or a few times. In order to experience any good on an ongoing basis, you must deliberately and consistently plant and nuture goodness. This shouldn’t apply only to a garden, but to all of our life’s situations!

    Once you set out to be successful in life or to achieve something worthy of the human being, challenges would begin to visit you, invited or not. See these challenges as the necessary weeds and pests of life, testing to see how serious is your resolve. You must confront them calmly and purposefully, keeping in mind your main goal. What would you say of a farmer who, instead of weeding and attending to his farm goes about lamenting about his big misfortune? Would that even solve his problems by any inch? Would that annul the truth that weeds also grow in other’s farms?

    Let us become weaned at last from the suckle-me, childish attitude that life has to be fair if you are to see it as perfect! The seeming warfare and chaos in nature is yet another version of life’s irreducibility and perfection. It engenders motion and vibrance within every known species. An absence of an impetus towards motion, and soon the creature begins to wither and decay both in content and in form, leading to the death and annihilation of the species. Everything is simply striving for an opportunity to thrive, whether wanted or not wanted is another issue entirely. So must we continuosly strive in order to be happy and successful.

     

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    The Prisoner in Us

    Joy, happiness, peace, beauty and order are all contained in the natural path to freedom.

    Life for us humans is an unbroken documentary of the choices we make every moment, and as one moment gives way for another, we experience the eternal NOW. By hindsight, we realize our moments can be mapped into recurring seasons. There are seasons of courage, joy, happiness, positivity and productivity, and there are seasons when we lack the courage to undertake even the most ordinary tasks. As we mature inwardly through experiencing, we arrive at the mountain top of permanence, where we become one with all seasons, and we perfect in the art of choosing only that which has the potential to advance us.
    The art of living is the art of choosing. Our duty is to interprete the meaning of the lessons inherent in every single experience arising from the choices we make. Every experience has its universal implications on us, nevertheless, it is the definition or interpretation we individually give to it that counts in the shaping of our collective destiny. Every moment, we are being confronted with a mandate to choose, we must decide, we must act! The law of adaptation guides us as with invisible good hands towards ensuring that our choices are those most favourable for survival, else our very existence could be threatened.

    We are not always successful in the art of aligning our realities with universal realities, we all faulter. But then almost immediately we notice our error in the ensuing retribution, and we are urged to refrain from making similar choices in the future as may bring us suffering. We keep ourselves prisoner when we refuse to learn fast and understand that the only good in suffering is the awareness that we create it ourselves through wrong choices, yet these wrong choices if they happen a few times are necessary in learning what is right.

    Order and harmony, as opposed to chaos is the universal principle which produce beauty. We see beauty in every single expression of the Divine will, why then do many fight so hard to adopt the unnatural position that suffering at any level is natural and necessary? Suffering is not in the least an end, it is only a last resort means employed by nature in teaching us how to align our wishes in the best interest of all.
    Some people are fast learners, and so avoid the reproach of recurring suffering upon themselves, a single or a few mistakes in the same experience is enough to strengthen their knowledge or awareness, whereas a great many others take the road of recurring self torture.

    It is important then that we receive enlightenment and realise the boundary line beyond which suffering no longer serves any good but must even be labeled as wilful vanity. In this connection, we may now reflect on the value inherent in voluntary martyrdom and all forms of gruesome self denials that leave the body and soul totally brutalized. It is important for us to know that Life never wills for us to suffer, that joy and happiness are the default paths designed for us in the weaving of the natural laws.

    Those in the luminous realms of Joyful activity, who never had the need to incarnate in the material world because they were already whole from the very beginning, live in and enjoy this constant happiness as a matter of course. The idea that without suffering, there can be no real joy is therefore only a partial truth. It is only necessary to emphasize that suffering is only to be found in the material fields of creation, where the learning takes place for all incarnate beings not strong enough in the first instance to withstand the pressure of eternal happiness, and must first learn to adapt to it through gentle learning in the material worlds.

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