Sunday, January 30, 2011

Reminiscing a Shift

For those who believe in or understand reincarnation this idea will make sense & even transform thought for you, and for those who don’t, this many seem like a stretch…
Like many others, I ponder the questions of quantum physics, & wonder why we are here, what’s out there, & what is the point of all this??

One of the many benefits of living in Vail, CO was a colleague whom I had the privilege of experiencing on a daily basis. He is one of the most gentle, compassionate, trustworthy humans I have ever encountered who has truly mastered the art of being (he is a human being). He affected my life in countless ways (this is typical for the people who come across his path), but there was one snowy afternoon when he brought tears to my eyes which I will never forget.
It was natural for me to look to this man for lessons, inspiration, & understanding but it happened during subtle instances like watching his interactions with others & analyzing the beauty he spread into them, or trying to decode his humble words of wisdom he would toss to me in a simple conversation. But, this specific moment was different; we were both engaged in something deep, something he had already come to terms with and something that would change me for the rest of this lifetime.
It all started with the agreement that the difference between an old soul & a young soul was the attainment of lessons & the amount of time spent learning them. We discussed our beliefs about reincarnation, for me it was good to talk about because I didn’t get to speak (let alone be in agreement) of such things in Vail very often. So, my question to him was “what is the point?” Understandably an old soul is more wise because they have been through more, but what is the purpose of repeating the cycle of birth & death, and being forced to start all over again…..?
At this point I could see in his eyes that he was going to test my grounds to see what I was capable of understanding… He explained to me that every human is on a different level (of consciousness) & their placement depends on what lessons the spirit has truly achieved. I knew what he was talking about, & because of his composure & confidence it was obvious that his spirit has been through much adversity.
I found the courage within myself to ask “what does reincarnation have to do with enlightenment then?” The answer was obvious, but I just needed to hear it.
He told me that the point of our existence in our physical bodies (and situations) is to embrace the inevitably of change, and endure each circumstance because it is there, where the lessons unfold. Then he summed it all up by articulating the words I needed to hear; he said the more you overcome in this lifetime, the less hardships you will have to go through in the next. Meaning, the faster you learn & recognize the trials of human suffering such as jealousy, attachment, fear, craving, judgment, hatred, etc. the closer you come to enlightenment. When you truly attain a lesson the chains of resistance are freed from your spirit & you are one step closer to opening yourself up to the world. A spirit will face the patterns of the hardships & lessons until they are mastered.

My spine shivered, & goose bumps covered my skin because I knew what he was speaking was Truth.

Something else he told me that will always stick with me, was to ALWAYS leave situations better than they were when you arrived, but that is a whole nother’ story in itself. I was so blessed to cross paths with this individual.

I wandered through the rounds of countless birth,
Seeking but not finding the builder of this house.
Sorrowful indeed is birth again and again.
Oh, housebuilder! You have now been seen.
You shall build the house no longer.
All your rafters have been broken,
Your ridgepoles shattered.
My mind has attained to unconditional freedom.
Achieved is the end of craving.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Perfect Chaos

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

In the midst of all this beautiful culture & land there is destruction all over. Destruction of the environment by horrible pollution & manipulations of the Earth, & destruction of the mind & body from genetically modified garbage that is now considered "food" & the intense brainwashing of media defining what the human experience "should" be.
These visions instill a fear within me & make me loose hope for the future of humans. I just want to find a place that is untouched, a place where no plastic bags run through the river, a place where I can breathe deep & be confident that its all fresh air, and a place where the people are conscious of their actions on a much higher level. I'm starting to wonder where this place might exist...
Recently, I have discovered a major flaw in my view of the world.. I have acknowledged that since about the age of 14 I have despised many humans for their inaction (or lack of conscious awareness). On several occasions I have felt myself resenting people for their inability to change their ways to become a more conscious person about what is really going on in the world. I would consistently question others sanity and become filled with anger and disappointment to see humans make such selfish, mindless, & uneducated choices...
What I have realized is that the majority doesn't actually know what goes on behind the walls of a slaughter houses-so they continue to support the meat industry. The majority doesn't know how to recycle, so they throw their trash in the rivers, lakes, & forests. The majority doesn't know (about or) how to take action towards the global fresh water struggle-so they continue to leave the water running as they brush their teeth & take showers for 30 minutes. The majority doesn't understand how many resources the Earth is giving compared to receiving-so people keep consuming! consuming! consuming! This will remain a continuous cycle until human beings become more educated about their daily choices or until its too late..
Depak Chopra said that "people really are doing the best they can, given their level of awareness," this has changed my whole perspective about the evolution of humans. I has also changed my mind about the way I feel about those who don't contribute towards right action. How can I remain angry at a person who truly doesn't know any better??
I wasted all that time & energy being mad at people when I could have used it to lift levels of awareness..

Mission 1-Abort!
Mission 2-Execute!