“Now you said that there was no specific place between those two physical locations where the “air of the living room” stopped and the “air of the dining room” began. And that is true. Yet there is a place where the “air of the living room” becomes less dense. That is, it dissipates, becomes “thinner”. So, too, the “air of the dining room”. The further from the dining room you go, the less you smell dinner! Now the air in the house is the same air. There is no “separate air” in the dining room. Yet the air in the dining room sure seems like “other air”. For one thing, it smells different! So because the air has taken on different characteristics, it seems as though it is different air. But it is not. It is all the same air, seeming different. In the living room you smell the fireplace, in the dining room you smell dinner. You might even go into one room and say, “Whew, it’s stuffy. Let’s get some air in here” as if there was no air at all. And yet, of course, there’s plenty of air. What you are wanting to do is change its characteristics. So you bring in some air from the outside. Yet that is the same air, too. There is only one air, moving in, around, and through everything.
Like the air in your house, the energy of life—what we’ll call the “Soul of Cod”—takes on different characteristics as it surrounds different physical objects. Indeed, that energy coalesces in a particular way to form those objects. As particles of energy join together to form physical matter, they become very concentrated. Mashed up. Pushed together. They begin to “look like,” even “feel like,” distinct units. That is, they begin to seem “separate”, “different”, from all the other energy. Yet this is all the same energy, behaving differently. It is this very act of behaving differently which makes it possible for That Which Is All to manifest as That Which Is Many. As I explain in Book 1, That Which Is could not experience Itself as What It is until It developed this ability to differentiate. So That Which Is All separated into That Which Is
This, and That Which Is That.
The “clumps of energy” which coalesced into discreet units that held in physical beings are what you have chosen to call “souls”. The parts of Me that have become the lot of You are what We are talking about here. Thus, the Divine Dichotomy: There is only One of us. There are Many of us.
Now as energy coalesces, it becomes, as I said, very concentrated. But the further one moves from the point of this concentration, the more dissipated the energy becomes. The “air becomes thinner”. The aura fades. The energy never completely disappears, because it cannot. It is the stuff of which everything is made. It’s All There Is. Yet it can become very, very thin, very subtle—almost “not there”. Then, in another place (read that, another part of Itself) it can again coalesce, once more “clumping together” to form what you call matter, and what “looks like” a discreet unit. Now the two units appear separate from each other, and in truth there is no separation at all. This is, in very, very simple and elementary terms, the explanation behind the whole physical universe.
Your scientists are already discovering that the building blocks of all of life are the same. They brought back rocks from the moon and found the same stuff they find in trees. They take apart a tree and find the same stuff they find in you. I tell you this: We are all the
same stuff. We are all the same energy, coalesced, compressed in different ways to create different forms and different matter. Nothing “matters” in and of itself. That is, nothing can become matter all by itself. Jesus said,“Without the Father, l am nothing.” The Father of all is pure thought. This is the energy of life. This is what you have chosen to call Absolute Love. This is the God and the Goddess, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. It is the All-in-All, the Unmoved Mover, the Prime Source. It is that which you have sought to understand from the beginning of time. The Great Mystery, the Endless Enigma, the eternal truth.There is only One of Us, and so, it is THAT WHICH YOU ARE.”—Conversations with God
“All of life is a vibration. That which you call life (you could just as easily call it God) is pure energy. That energy is vibrating constantly, always. It is moving in waves.
The waves vibrate at different speeds, producing differing degrees of density, or light. This, in turn, produces what you would call different “effects” in the physical world—actually, different physical objects. Yet while the objects are different and discreet, the energy which produces them is exactly the same.”—Conversations with God
“As you go through your day, pay a genuine compliment to every person you interact with. The person can be a stranger you just happened to bump into or it can be a person you share every day of your life with. As you do this simple act you’ll see people’s faces light up and you’ll realize how good it feels to simply acknowledge something you like about a person. The really great thing about paying compliments is that unlike paying money to people, you can never run out of compliments to pay. However, a genuine compliment has the power to light up a person’s day just as well as money can. So take the small step of paying compliments to people. Do it freely and frequently and you may even start a little movement of kindness around you. At the very least, you’ll brighten someone’s day along with your own, even if it’s just a little bit.”—
“It is important to create new and higher images of yourself. If you were filled with thoughts of what would be absolutely joyful in your life, such as traveling, more free time, a loving relationship, a physical body that is becoming stronger and more fit every day, how you can add light to your life and to the world, you would not have time to think at the old, more painful or mundane levels.”—Orin (via nirvikalpa)
“Being positive doesn’t mean you cover up and repress negative feelings. The path to real positivity leads through negativity. Only if you understand negativity can you truly have the power to choose positivity. Your negative feelings are meant to highlight negative beliefs you hold within you so that you can change them and then automatically be led to positivity.
To put it another way: if you try so hard to focus on the light while repressing the dark you are only looking at half of the picture. The idea is to realize that the darkness holds the light and light holds the darkness. Loving both allows you to choose whatever you prefer and allows you to experience life in its true glory.
So if you feel like shit don’t cover it up. Express your feelings without hurting anyone and you will then find out why you felt like shit in the first place. Make sure you don’t blame anyone for your feelings. Instead, accept them as your own and realize that it is only because of your perspective that you felt like shit. Remember, your reactions always say more about you than they do about the thing you are reacting to. At this point you now have the power to change your perspective so that you no longer feel like shit. This is the path of truly transforming negativity into positivity instead of putting a band-aid of fake positivity to cover the negativity.”—Sohail Desai
“As you move through your life, always seek to learn more about yourself rather than attempting to learn more about the world around you. The only thing you can be sure of in any case is your knowledge of yourself. Your apparent knowledge of others or the world is actually directly related to your perspective, in which case the knowledge will always lead you back to learning more about yourself. All knowledge is self-knowledge.
Whenever you delude yourself into thinking that you are learning about something or someone “out there” you are actually just making assumptions. You cannot truly know a person or anything else unless you become that person or thing. You can only truly know your perspective of that person or thing. You can only know how you wish to relate to that person or thing and this knowledge of how you relate has more to do with you than it does about anything else.
Remember, your experience of life has more to do with you than anyone else. So do not ever seek to change anything in the outer world because this will lead you down a road leading to constant frustration. Rather, seek only to change how you relate so that you can gain greater clarity about who you choose to perceive yourself as. In short: it’s never about another, it’s always about yourself.”—Sohail Desai
“There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don’t help them by doing the job yourself.”—Laurell K. Hamilton (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
“There is no way for anybody to truly know you. All they know is their version of you, which is who they think you are. For them to truly know you they would have to actually be you and this, of course, is impossible. They cannot see anything from your perspective and you cannot see anything from theirs.
What this means is that you could say that in reality there are an infinite number of versions of you, each version created by the different perspectives experiencing you. Each person filters the concept of who you are through their own perspective. Therefore, their perspective of you truly says more about them than it does about you.
This is why it is very important for you to be clear about who you know yourself to be and how you are going to perceive yourself, because this is ultimately what you will experience in your life. What others perceive of you is up to them since they will experience you in their own way regardless. Trying to change yourself so that others perceive you in a certain way is ultimately futile and very frustrating.”—Sohail Desai
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”—Buddha
I’m inspired by mindofataurus to start lists of gratitude for what I already have in my life, instead of complaining about what I don’t have. The reason is simple: gratitude feels good, complaining feels bad. I started listing things in my mind and quickly realized how little time I spend being truly grateful. I realized that I must have been spending my time complaining instead, which could explain why I can be in a negative mood from time to time. So here goes. I am grateful for:
My life. I am grateful to be alive. Even when I think it might be better to die, I am still grateful that I continue to live. My experience of life has been predominantly a positive one, even if I tend to focus on the negative aspects so that it may seem like it has all been negative.
The negative aspects of my life. It is the negative aspects of life that provide the contrast necessary to highlight the positive aspects and allow the positive aspects to be experienced as “positive”. In short, negativity allows positivity to be experienced as positivity, and so I’m grateful for the negativity. This means I am grateful for sickness, poverty, loneliness, depression, limitation, judgement, failure and so on. They allow me to choose to experience health, wealth, companionship, happiness, freedom, love and success.
My wife. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share my life with a woman I truly love. I am grateful for the person she is and for how she has allowed me to be the person I truly want to be. I am grateful that my relationship with her has allowed me to grow and to understand what true love is all about so that I can be loving with others I interact with. I am grateful that she has been a catalyst for many of my personal transformation into a predominantly loving and caring person from an angry and resentful person. I am grateful that I love her cooking and that she actually doesn’t mind cooking for us! I am grateful that she makes me laugh and that she brings out the best in me.
My brother, sister and cousin. I am grateful for my increasingly loving relationship with my brother, sister and cousin. I am grateful that I am able to share my life with them and receive support from them as I experience any hardship in my life. I am grateful that my brother and sister also like to cook and that I enjoy their food as well (mostly)! I am grateful that they are also vegan because it makes it much easier to eat meals together and to enjoy each other’s company. I am grateful that my relationship with them has also allowed me to understand different points of view and to grow into the person I am today. I am grateful that I genuinely enjoy spending time with them and that our time together is mostly filled with laughter.
My mother and father. I am grateful for my mother and father’s support as I take time to learn about myself and become the man I want to be. I am grateful that they let me be for the most part and that they make an effort to keep our relationship together. I am grateful for my mother’s mostly delicious cooking and her effort to make vegan meals for me. I am grateful for my father’s financial support and his undying desire for maintaining a relationship with me. I am grateful for the contrast they provide by showing me ways I do not prefer to be, which allows me to make choices about who I do prefer to be. I am grateful that they have learned to accept my wife and that they have grown to love and care for her as well.
My many pets. I am grateful for the many pets I get to share my life with. I am grateful for the unconditional love they show me. I am grateful that most of them are very friendly and that they seek to spend time with me. I am grateful that they make me smile and laugh with amusement. I am grateful that my relationship with them has also allowed me to be a more loving and caring person. I am grateful that I genuinely enjoy spending time with them. I am grateful that all of them are “well behaved” and quiet for the most part.
My healthy body. I am grateful for my body and how well it works. I am grateful for the way it looks and for its ability to allow me to live my life. I am grateful for my thick head of hair. I am grateful for my eyes that allow me to see without glasses. I am grateful for my nose that allows me to smell whatever I want to smell. I am grateful for my ears that effortlessly allow me to listen to music, have a conversation with others, and just generally hear anything at all. I am grateful for my mouth to taste the food I love. I am grateful for my sense of touch, which allows me to feel anything and everything. I am grateful for my legs and feet, which allow me to move around. I am grateful for my heart that pumps blood throughout my body and thus keeps it alive. I am grateful for my lungs that allow me to stay alive by taking in oxygen. I am grateful that my body works perfectly and effortlessly.
My environment. I am grateful for where I live. I am grateful for the shelter it provides me. I am grateful that it has an adequate amount of space for me to live in. I am grateful that it is in relatively good condition. I am grateful that the washroom works well. I am grateful for the running water and flushing toilet. I am grateful that I have hot water immediately. I am grateful that my living area is heated and air conditioned. I am grateful for the furniture I have that allows me to be comfortable. I am grateful for the storage I have to keep my stuff organized. I am grateful for the electricity that runs all my electronics. I am grateful for my TV. I am grateful for this laptop I am writing on. I am grateful for the Internet and the fact that I have Internet at home. I am grateful for my Wii that allows me to play games and be entertained. I am grateful that I have laundry machines, a fridge, a stove, a dishwasher, and various food preparation appliances. On a larger scale, I am grateful for the city I live in and all the convenient amenities it provides. I am grateful for the stores that allow me to conveniently buy the stuff I need. I am grateful for the paved roads and the street lighting. I am grateful that the city is relatively clean. I am grateful for the trees and plants that line the streets. I am grateful for the parks that I can spend time in. I am grateful for the beach and lake. I am grateful that the city I live in is a safe city and that the country I live in is one that provides many freedoms and opportunities. I am grateful that my city is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world. I am grateful for the planet itself and all that it provides for me to continue living. I am grateful for the abundance of air, water, soil and sunlight that allows everything to live. I am grateful that the weather is relatively calm and comfortable. I am grateful that we have day and night. I am grateful for the stars and moon at night.
My clothing. I am grateful that I got to choose the kind of clothes I prefer and that they keep me cool or warm depending on what I prefer. I am grateful for the shoes I have that keep my feet comfortable and protected.
My customers. I am grateful for the great customers I have who provide me with money. I am grateful that my customers are friendly people that genuinely appreciate my service. I am grateful that I have customers to provide a service to in the first place.
This is a good start for now. I will continue this list in the days or weeks to come. The thing is, once the ball starts rolling I can see so much more to be grateful for. I truly take many things for granted and I realize now how much more difficult my life would be without them. This is exactly what I was hoping for! :)
“Many meat-eaters argue that they continue to eat meat because there is no way to know how an animal is feeling with regards to being slaughtered. Some use a variation of this argument by saying that eating a plant based diet could also cause pain to plants, which would mean eating an animal is akin to eating a plant. However, I argue that our eating habits isn’t primarily about whether animals or plants feel. Rather, our eating habits, like any other action we take, are merely an expression of ourselves and who we wish to be. I find it hard to believe that we would continue to confine, abuse, kill and consume animals if we choose to be loving people. Love does not give rise to any of those actions. Love frees and nurtures. I argue that it is love that drives a plant to produce fruits or vegetables. The plant desires to produce offspring, which I believe is a loving desire. It is also love that drives us to nurture the plant that gives us those fruits and vegetables. By nurturing them we build a loving relationship with the plants that give us our food. I believe if we did the same with the animals we consume, we would soon stop consuming them.”—Sohail Desai
“Being a hateful vegan is quite the oxymoron. I don’t understand how a person who chooses not to consume animals for compassionate reasons can also turn around and choose to treat other people with hatred. The goal of a vegan is to express compassion and love, period. Whether that compassion and love is directed at animals, one’s self, the environment or other people doesn’t matter. It is the expression of compassion and love that is the key.”—Sohail Desai
“People who love through their unevolved solar plexus center may try to control you. They may use anger, disappointment, guilt, judgment, coldness, indifference, or criticism to get you to do what they want. Or, they may try to control you by withdrawing their love. You may find it challenging to follow your own path instead of doing what someone else wants you to do. You may be so compassionate and loving that you want to please others by fulfilling their wishes. Extend this wonderful compassion to yourself. Your well-being and your life are more important than making other people’s personalities feel good.”—Orin (via terramantra)
“You are a three aspect be-ing. These aspects are: body, mind and soul. Any time you imagine a way you would like to be (notice I said “be” and not “do”), you are literally giving birth to that be-ing and you be-come it.
When you imagine the way you would like to be and decide to be-come that be-ing, you have set the soul aspect of you to be that way. If you then maintain that state of be-ing your mind aspect will receive inspiration in the form of thoughts and emotions that are in alignment with the state of being your soul is already in. Lastly, your mind will then decide whether to act these thoughts out through your body aspect and create the be-haviour representative of the be-ing you now have chosen to be on the soul level. This then closes the circuit and you have fully be-come the be-ing you desired to be. Your reality will reflect the situations and circumstances necessary for you to continue be-ing who and what you now are, until you choose to give birth to a new be-ing.
Each time you imagine and become another be-ing you actually literally are a completely new be-ing. You are not the same be-ing you were a moment ago, with a little difference, unless you be-lieve you are. If you truly think about it, you cannot, by definition, be the be-ing that was here a moment ago. That be-ing had a completely different set of be-liefs, thoughts and be-haviours.
This is the essence of what is meant when metaphysical speakers say you are an infinite and powerful be-ing. The infiniteness you are is the unlimited number of variations in states of be-ing that you can choose from to create who you choose to be. The power you have is the irrevocable and unlimited power to choose the be-ing you wish to be. You truly are an infinite and powerful be-ing! Take that knowledge to heart and act like you are!”—Sohail Desai
“Relax into the knowingness that as long as you have the ability to feel joy, peace, love, or any other positive state of being, the youniverse will also have the ability to reflect back to you experiences and situations that correspond with those states. The pool is infinite on both ends. You have an infinite amount of positive state of being within you and the youniverse has an infinite number of symbols to represent that state. So you never have to worry about the youniverse running out of things for you to be happy about externally if you choose to be happy internally. There will all-ways be something there experientially to represent the happiness. All-ways.”—Sohail Desai
“You want to demonstrate your power to feel the way you want to feel. And when you show yourself that you have the power to adjust the way you feel without anything changing, that is when for the first time ever you will utterly be free. And then you can go out into the world and you can feel joy no matter what.”—Abraham-Hicks (via divinebaby)
I won’t post it here because it is way too graphic, but if anybody wants to truly take an honest look at the way our society treats animals please watch “Earthlings” on YouTube. After watching just a bit of it I can honestly say I have never been more proud of being vegan and of choosing to be a loving, compassionate person in almost every aspect of my life.
“Every moment of every day, you are always being something. You can’t help it; you are a human, being. The question is: what are you being? Are you being successful? Are you being happy? Are you being peaceful? Or are you being poor? Or unhappy? Or uncomfortable?
Focus more strongly on what you are being rather than what you are doing because what you are being matters more than what you are doing. Too many people focus on what they are doing and end up being unhappy without ever knowing why. Focus on your preferred way of being and let the doing flow from there. This is the way to true happiness.”—
“There is no devil except those people you give your power away to. The devil is sustained by your awareness of it and your acceptance of its power. Without these two requirements the devil would fade from your experience. The devil knows its power is utterly determined by its ability to convince others of their powerlessness and so it constantly proclaims this idea to anyone who will listen. Pay no attention to it.”—
“There is no such thing as a person. There are only restrictions and limitations. The sum total of these defines the person. You think you know yourself when you know what you are. But you never know who you are. The person merely appears to be, like the space within the pot appears to have the shape and volume and smell of the pot. See that you are not what you believe yourself to be. Fight with all the strength at your disposal against the idea that you are nameable and describable. You are not. Refuse to think of yourself in terms of this or that. There is no other way out of misery, which you have created for yourself through blind acceptance without investigation. Suffering is a call for enquiry, all pain needs investigation. Don’t be too lazy to think.”—Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via yesandwhatalovelymorning)
“Awareness is all there is. You can’t say it comes from anywhere, because it is all that there is. We talk about non-duality. It is never born; it never dies. It is just unceasing. It is constantly and ever and all that there is. Yet, it is no thing that can be grasped in any way, shape or form. It has no beginning and no end, no time, no space. All those things appear in it. They are all things. And things can’t grasp what to the thing is no thing. It can’t grasp it. It is just like asking ‘where does space come from?’ when you ask ‘where does awareness come from?’ Can you find a centre to space? Can you find a circumference to space? Can you postulate anything outside of space? What would it be in? It must be in space! It is the same with awareness. It is everywhere. It is every ‘when’. It is all times and all places.”—Nisargadatta Maharaj (via yesandwhatalovelymorning)
“What the world needs more than anything is a giant reset button. We need to reset everything, and I mean everything, so that we can truly take a look at how we want the game of life to be played when we turn it back on.
Luckily for us, the spiritual awakening that is happening right now is just such a button. More and more players are resetting their lives and choosing to play them with more joy, more compassion, more abundance and more harmony.”—
“Not only do we learn to have expectations of ourselves, but we also learn to have expectations of others and even of nature and the animals. We could not simply enjoy observing the free, natural life of an animal in its own habitat. No, we had to domesticate it, which is another way of saying we had to capture it, confine it and coerce it into behaving as we think it should. We get upset when the animal misbehaves by destroying our home or disturbing our life. We then learn how to train the animal so that it stops those behaviours and if that fails we simply discard it by leaving it in a shelter, where its only hope is finding another person to bring it into their home.
Most of us never stop to think that the animal is not misbehaving at all and that it is merely expressing itself as it sees fit. We don’t see that it is our entirely unreasonable and completely fabricated demands that are contradicting with the natural, free spirit of the animal. The animal is not expressing a lack of integrity when it disrupts our life. It is us who have expressed a lack of integrity by not understanding that we have repressed the animal’s way of life. We have done this with pets in our homes, we have done this to livestock and we have done this to circus animals. We have many industries based on the repression of the animal’s expression.
I believe it is the height of insanity that we constantly try to make things fit into the neat little definitions we imagined they should fit into. We forget that as children we did not have any expectations of ourselves until our parents taught us otherwise. We forget that animals have no expectations of themselves. They simply are who they are. What arrogance we show when we try to make both our children and the animals something they are not. We need to realize what we are doing and then make changes so that we may free the animals, our children and ourselves from the difficult burden of meeting imagined expectations. The collective lives of all who inhabit our planet will be much more joyful and I think that is something worth moving towards.”—Sohail Desai