Saturday, September 28, 2013

How Do You See The Light When You Are Drowning in Darkness?

Even the most spiritual person can not deny that they too experienced a time or even times when where they too were surrounded in complete darkness. Darkness is as inevitable as light and one simply can not exist without the other. Is this why as humans we despise change so intensely? When we are basking in the light of our glorious of times we push the darkness under the carpet and pretend like it had never tortured with heartbreak and pain then when it begins to creep back into our lives we freak out! We go into survival mode because the darkness brings a death of sorts, the death of the light you had prayed and longed for. Survival mode tends to be the devil in disguise because the more we resist the change that is inevitable, the more we deny that the darkness is coming and we take every measure to make sure it stays under the carpet in which case brings more agonizing pain when the darkness comes. In our grey times when the light is not too bright and the darkness not so over whelming we have the opportunity to sit and look at the vicious cycle from the outside in and the question comes to mind, "How do you see the light when you are drowning in darkness?".
As humans we feel everything and at times have little control over our emotions, so when darkness strikes it may suddenly feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but honestly the only thing that brings me through the darkness is the simple fact that this too shall pass. Nothing is forever. When I am at my lowest of lows I go through the emotions. I allow myself to feel the pain but when the tears are dried up and my body is weak from the constant pain just knowing that change is inevitable means I am able to hold on longer. It's easier said than done, I know, but really the only way out of the darkness is to see the light and how are you going to see the light if you choose to be swallowed by the darkness? It is very important that we process and go through the darkness but it is just as important to let it go once it has been experienced. We truly are stars and we can not shine unless their is darkness. The darkness reminds us of what and who we are and allows us to be the best that are meant to be and shine as bright possible!
As you reflect I know somewhere you are thinking that its different when you are going through it and that some peoples pain and darkness are more intense than others, and yes this is true but the rules remain the same this too shall pass and change is inevitable! In the end we shine bright because of our journey through the darkness so embrace it, respect it, and know in the end you are who you are because of it!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

War and Compassion

I will admit I know little about the civil war going on in Syria but the reason I know little is because I choose to keep my thoughts and heart positive and not fearful and negative. Let me explain this further. When we hear of tragedy we, as emphatic humans automatically empathize and take on the energy, fear and pain, of the one we are relating to. When we do this it multiplies the fear and pain until eventually it is all that consumes a society. Instead I choose to remain compassionately detached sending only love and good thoughts to an already painful situation. I am sure my love is much more healing than my fear stricken empathy. In order to take on this perspective without appearing cold and uncaring one must understand the true meaning of compassion a much higher vibrancy than even "love". Compassion is what "God" consists of. 
Compassion: a deep awareness of the suffering of another without the need to relieve it, feeling total appreciation for it's value, all while being in a state of non-judgment. 
When most people think of "God" they think of a supreme being who has the power to allow bad things to happen to good people. Why would a loving divine being allow these horrible wars that kill innocent people and children? It is because God understand that it all has to happen! The good, the bad, and sometime the very ugly! There is a divine plan and it will unfold as it is supposed to regardless so how are you going to choose to live through these times? You can worry, live emphatically constantly taking on the pains of others, you can continue to amplify the pains of the world with your anxious emotions, or you can be as God is and take on the understanding of being "Compassionate".

The Tibetan monks understand this and they have been hiding from the war China imposes upon them for centuries. China has always wanted to rule over Tibet but the monks have remained Compassionate chanting their Om pray which helps them embody infinite compassion, "Om mani padme hum". The chant to some may seem merely to be a religious form of meditation but really the Om prayer is not religious at all. The Om prayer is an embodiment and a way of being. The Tibetans have the deep awareness that suffering must exist but they do not feel the need to fight it nor do they feel they must fight it on the behalf of others. They appreciate the value it has in this world and they do not judge it as good or bad but just what is.

We think because we are human and emotional beings that morally we must take on the pains of another and fight for what is "right" and against what is "wrong" but first you must define right and wrong. What is right for one maybe wrong for another. What is wrong for one country may be right for another. So who makes up the decision of what is right and what is wrong and that all humans must follow these moral laws? As humans the only thing we are here to do is be of service to the world and to live according to our own personal truth. to be of service may mean many different things to many different people there is no right or wrong way to serve but if you are one who wishes for "peace on earth" and find it impossible than you do not know how to truly embody compassion. Compassion is true love. If you have true love you are capable of being compassionate without the need to go to war to save another.

Again, I know this post will bring up many arguments and it is understandable but it is not my intention to bring animosity out of others who are feeling empathy for those being pained in other countries. All I am trying to say is use your energy for the good of all and try and detach from the fear and pain. It is not heartless to choose not to feel the pain of another. It serves them more for you to send them love than to encourage their situation with more fear.

If you have anything to say in reference to the post I encourage you to comment below. I will allow all post both positive and otherwise.