LISA RENEE (Energetic Synthesis): “Exercising an Open Mind”

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Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity (flexibility), is an umbrella term that encompasses both synaptic flexibility (the connection of neurons) and non-synaptic flexibility (modification of action potential) to strengthen or change neuron synaptic signaling.  Plasticity or flexibility in the brain affects the strength and action of neural connections and pathways.  Synaptic flexibility plays a large role in a person’s ability to activate higher learning and access memory functions in the brain.

This also refers to changes made in neural pathways and synapses due to changes in a person’s behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, emotions, as well as changes resulting from shifts in consciousness.  Substantial changes made in thinking and in responding to various forms of stimuli can profoundly alter the pattern of neuronal activation in response to the way a person experiences or perceives reality.

This means that our direct experiences do change both the brain’s physical structure (anatomy) and functional organization (physiology).

The brain can and does change or strengthen in response to the variety of levels we choose to perceive and think about in our experiences and other types of perceptions.  If we grow mentally rigid, this leads to hardening our heart and becoming extremely inflexible in our thinking, especially as we grow older.  The structure of our brains can be changed by what we focus our attention upon and what we choose to give value to as priority.

Thus, our brain learns by experience and is fully capable of re-programming itself to turn on synapses and increase neuronal activity, by strengthening the brain flexibility through open mindedness.

Being open-minded means being receptive to new ideas, knowledge and being adaptable to change.  Open-mindedness also relates to the way in which people approach the views and knowledge of others.  When we are open-minded we know that others should be free to express their views and that the value of others knowledge should be recognized.  When we are not threatened or scared by others point of view, our body and brain stays open, receptive and relaxed.  We seek to have dialogues and maintain a free information society that shares knowledge with humanitarian goals.  Our goal is to stay mentally open and mentally flexible with an empathic, loving and compassionate heart, and to allow other people to speak what they believe without instigating or condoning violence.  Here are some suggestions on keeping an open and flexible mind, which is crucial to keep ones heart open.  Remember an open mind equals an open heart.

Prayer and Meditation

Prayer and Meditation connect us to higher intelligence and have positive impacts on calming our mind.  Prayer focuses on positive emotions like love, gratitude and Compassion, which allow goodness in our lives and the lives of those we pray for.  Meditation reduces anxiety, stress, and depression, which helps us to find and connect to peaceful states.  Being mindful improves our mental flexibility, brain elasticity and keeps neurons active.  Spiritually centering ourselves on peace, prayer and contemplation of God/Universe, helps us maintain our trust in life, faith, and relaxes every part of the body.

Gratitude

Keep reinforcing the positive things that you have in your life right now.  Feel and express gratitude for the people, things, and experiences that are positive or have a silver lining for higher learning.  Reinforce one’s commitment to expressing love, goodness and gratitude, and to behave as ethically as Christ would.

Better Understand other People

It may be helpful to practice listening to perspectives different from our own, and to allow other people to challenge and stimulate our ways of thinking.  We have an incredible array of languages, cultures, and belief systems that define a variety of viewpoints on the earth.  When we are able to understand other people through their viewpoint, we are more empathic to them.  We can understand how they may feel.  This helps us to have compassion for people and not group them into statistics, countries, religions or some other classification system.  When we classify people, we start to disassociate from the fact they are human beings, our brothers and sisters that have a right to live upon this earth peacefully.

Learn Something New

Learn how to think and explore your own learning patterns by giving yourself time and space for reflection.  Notice how we are constantly bombarded by external forms of distraction.  Our creative minds may need to stay sequestered from the formulas given by society, and to seek answers in the most unpredictable places, or within the silence of meditation.  Do not be afraid to learn something new that requires concentration or be afraid of deeper knowledge of one’s own consciousness.  Stay informed and awake, be willing to see the things going on around you.  Being interested in higher learning expands one’s mind and consciousness.

Trust Yourself

Be aware that poor Self Esteem and lack of trust in our own abilities to learn and problem solve, will close our mind and harden our heart.  Do not feel intimidated by knowledge, competence or other people that criticize to shut you down.  Knowing that you are a worthy, valued and loved person, stay strong to build core self-esteem and self-efficiency, knowing that you can depend on yourself if the going gets rough.  Most of the fears we dwell on never come to pass.  As you focus on building the right relationship to self-acceptance and self-love, this builds trust and confidence in oneself.  Building trust in oneself and building trust with God are the only two relationships that we really need!  With those two relationships and ego surrender, all else will fall into place.

Forgiveness

To forgive another person or circumstances is the most generous thing one can do for oneself.  When we forgive others for perceived transgressions it frees us from the bonds, entanglements and cords, which manifest painful patterns such as judgments, resentments, and anger.  When we are angry it is a very destructive emotion that increases anxiety, harms our brain and closes our heart.  Forgiving yourself from being angry is the most important action one can take in clearing self-sabotaging bonds of victimhood.  Understanding the importance of forgiveness is that it brings you to the current state of now, rather than dwelling on past hurts and pain.  This is incredibly positive for reaching states of open mindedness and freer thinking to progress forward.

Stay Aware of Balance

Know that you are a multidimensional spiritual being with a body, mind, emotions and spirit.  What areas of your multidimensional being require more attention?  Keeping an open mind requires that we keep growing our self-awareness and consciousness, keep developing new interests, and remain receptive to new activities and ideas.  Yet, there are times we require rest, relaxation and have to let it all go in mental stillness.  Thus, as a balanced and healthy person we must try to move in and out of each state of rest and activity, in order to receive the positive benefits of both.

Sovereignty of Brain and Nervous System

Open your 12D Shield. Stabilize in your core and open a vortex field if that is part of your practice.  Feel free to call upon Krystal Star Guardians or guiding beings allied with your Divine Purpose.  Once your shield and core feel as stabilized as you can get them, speak to your body, brain and nervous system these words: My body, I speak to you as an intelligence and I speak to you with Love.  I am in charge of our God Sovereign Freedom and nothing will compromise this.  I will take care of you with all of my heart!  (Take a moment to feel this connection come alive.  Then say the following.)

  • I now command my Brain and Central Nervous System:
  • I Accept only messages that are truthful and organic to my highest consciousness in Christ.
  • I Accept only messages that support my higher good and Divine Blueprint in God Sovereign Freedom.
  • I Permit only that which supports my highest good and Divine Sovereign Purpose to Serve my God-Self.
  • I eliminate all messages that are inorganic or are harmful artificial intelligence, now.
  • Any inorganic intrusive or artificial messages, scripts or impulses are evicted and forbidden now.

As I am God Sovereign and Free, this I decree with all of my heart, mind and might to serve my God Self.  Beloved Body, thank you and so IT IS.  I seal and end my connection with love and gratitude.  Thank you! 

 

(ES Newsletter – Consubstantiality)

 

 

~via EnergeticSynthesis.com – Time Shift Blog – May 17, 2017

MICHAEL FORRESTER: “The Powerful Effect of Heart-Centered Healing”

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Every cause of disease first begins with an imbalance in the body’s energy systems, specifically, the interaction between how the heart communicates with the brain and the body.  Fix that and there is no disease, ever.  The heart can produce an electrical field 100 times greater than the brain and a magnetic field 5000 times greater.  Which one are you using to heal?

Emotions are vibrations which influence consistently our reality.  We not only think and work our way through a day, meeting, assignment, but also feel and believe our way through it.  The outcome depends on both.

Simply put, the number one cause of health is your energetic and emotional state.  How you connect emotionally to your overall wellness and wellbeing is more important than any supplement, food, exercise or health treatment.  There is only one cause of disease and that has to do with the energy and frequency imbalances that exist within your body.  Rectify that, and disease cannot exist… it would be impossible.

All the emotions are varieties of two: fear and love.  Fear/stress is contagious and causes contraction: inhibits creativity, brain activity, inhibits the immune system, selective perception and over extensive periods of time leads to breakdown.  Love (positive beliefs and emotions) has high impact and causes expansion: creativity, physical and mental endurance, more productivity in shorter time because we take decisions quicker because we are receptive and highly perceptive.  This a question of Math, HeartMath, as per the contribution in this field of the HeartMath Institute: when one has accurate information, they make better decisions.

The research behind the evolution of HeartMath came from the idea that the body’s emotional response to events do not always occur from “top-down” processing (i.e., the brain sends signals to the heart and other organs, and the body responds accordingly).  Rather, it has now proven that often times our emotional state triggers our heart to send out its own signals to the brain and other organs, and the body then responds accordingly.  For instance, while two-way communication between the cognitive and emotional systems is hard-wired into the brain, the actual number of neural connections going from the emotional centers to the cognitive centers is greater than the number going the other way.  Have you ever: Made a “rash” decision?  Done something dangerous on impulse?  Taken a risk because you believed in it?  This research helps explain the influence emotions have on our ability to think and act.

In fact, researchers at HeartMath have determined that the physiology and nerve centers of the heart are so complex and active, that they constitute a “brain” all on their own, termed a “mini-brain.”  We now know that the heart contains cells that produce and release norepinephrine and dopamine, neurotransmitters once thought to be produced only by the brain and ganglia outside the heart.  Even more remarkable is the discovery that the heart produces oxytocin — the “love hormone” — in concentrations that are as high as those in the brain.

 

7 Simple Actions To Create Positive Feelings

 

1.  Think about the colleagues who helped you today.  Thank them in your heart.  Think about your current assignments.  Know that they will work out well and work from this space

2.  What is it that you would like to have professionally?  A new project?  With whom?  Think about it in detail, be specific and imagine you are already working on it.

3.  Entertain the feeling of celebration that arises in your heart.  From this space take the appropriate actions to make it happen.

4.  Find ways to help your colleagues, or make them feel that you care.  Do one invisible act of kindness per day, or more if you want to.

5Before starting your work day give thanks and envision it the way you want it to be.

6.  When finishing your work day give thanks and clear it of negative emotions (which come out of fear that we know now is illusion) Do not take them at home or preserve for the next day.

7.  Smile.

 

The time of crisis is literally here: there is the fast pace of our world, the assault of too much to do with too little time and resources.  Being in the present moment is just a concept for most of us and has little translation to daily life practice.  Fear is widespread and is polluting us on a very cellular level: hypertension, autoimmune diseases, cancer, infertility, chronic back problems, anxiety, and depression; the list could continue forever.  The difference is how we interpret crisis because we can be at complete peace in the midst of chaos.

Can we live the life we want?  Can we be authentic in our speech?  Can we identify and release our underlying limiting beliefs so that we begin a new commitment towards genuine compassion, abundance, love and connection?  Your commitment will show in your body and intentions.

 

 

~via PreventDisease.com 

TANAAZ (Forever Conscious): “5 Power Poses that Can Boost Your Mood”

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The way you carry yourself and your posture says a lot about your personality and your current mindset.

When you are in a bad mood or feeling insecure, it is common to hunch over and look down or at your feet. When you are in a bright and confident mood however, your shoulders are often pulled back and you can hold your head up high.

Your posture not only reflects how you are feeling but it can also influence how you are feeling. When you become aware of how you are holding your body in space, you can make a few tweaks and experience the boost of emotions that follows.

One of the most famous poses for boosting your mood is the power pose. By standing with your chest puffed out, your head held high and your hands on your hips- like superman, you can send a wave of feel good hormones all through your body.

In fact, your posture can actually effect cortisol levels in the brain, which can influence your stress levels and change the way that you feel about yourself.

When you stand in the power pose, for just a few minutes a day, it can help to activate your power center and to make you feel more confident.

On a spiritual level, standing up tall can actually help the flow of energy to move through you without any blockages or awkward curves to navigate through.

Power posing is a great technique that you can use before walking into a business meeting, audition or job interview. It is also a great technique you can do at anytime to gain more confidence and inner strength.

Here are 5 other power poses that you can use to boost your mood:

 

1.  Pose of Gratitude

We all know how powerful the emotion of gratitude can be. Stand tall with your arms stretched up to the ceiling in V-shape, almost like you are doing a big stretch. Look up to the sky and say thank you, thank you, thank you. Hold this position for 3-4 breaths.

2.  Pose of Love

To bring more loving energy into your life, stand straight with your hands over your heart in a prayer position. Take a deep breath and then open your arms wide out to the side as you exhale. As your arms are stretched out, open your chest out to the world. Make sure your shoulders are back and not rounded. Bring your hands back into prayer position and repeat this movement 3 times at a fairly quick pace.

3.  Pose of Receiving

To receive abundance or energy from the Universe, stand tall with your shoulders back and your feet hip distance apart. Stretch your arms out in front of you at shoulder height with your palms facing upwards. Almost like you are receiving a gift. Keep your chin up and breath deeply here for 4-5 breaths.

4.  Pose of Calm

To calm any anger or frustration, stand tall with your feet wide apart but with your knees relaxed. Place your hands in prayer position over your heart. Close your eyes and hold this position for 6 deep breaths.

5.  Pose of Joy

To feel waves of joy and happiness, stand tall with your feet a little wider than hip distance apart. Stretch your arms out to the side and put your thumbs up. Smile and stand in this pose for 4-5 breaths.

Try these poses and see if they make a difference to your mood and overall feelings. You can also practice hand positions or mudras as well. Here is some popular mudras you can try-

Mudras for Healing

Mudras for Emotions

~via ForeverConscious.com

SAMUEL GENTOKU MCCREE: “20 Ways Sitting In Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life”

20 Ways Sitting In Silence Can Transform Your Life

“Silence is a source of great strength.”  ~Lao Tzu

 

For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence.  At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat.

During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked in silence, and only communicated through hand gestures and written notes.

At first living like this was hard, but over time I learned to grow to appreciate silence.  By the time I left I learned that silence was my friend and teacher.

What did silence teach me?

1. Satisfaction

I used to think I needed to watch TV every night.  But at monastery I went without and discovered I didn’t need it.

Silence taught me to be happy with less. 

Pick something that’s weighing you down and let it go.  Your life will thank you.

2. Expression

When you can only talk by writing a note, you only say what’s important.  Before the monastery I talked a lot but said little.

Silence taught me that a few simple words well spoken have more power than hours of chatter. 

Think of one simple thing you can say that would help someone feel better and say it.

3. Appreciation

Being able to speak makes life easy, but when I couldn’t talk I learned how much I relied on others.

Silence taught me to appreciate the value of relating to others.  

The next time you see your friends or family, try to really listen.  Deep listening expresses deep appreciation.

4. Attention

Several times at my first retreat I thought my phone was vibrating.  But then I would remember I didn’t have my phone.  It showed me how my phone divided my attention.

Silence taught me how important it is to let go of distractions. 

The next time you are with someone you care about, try turning off your phone and putting it away.  It will make paying attention easier.

5. Thoughts

I once sat a retreat next door to a construction project.  What amazed me was how easily my thoughts drowned out the noise.  I realized if my thoughts were this loud, I’d better make them as wise as possible.

Silence taught me the importance of shaping my thinking.

Take time each day to notice your thoughts and let go of thoughts that don’t serve you.

6. Nature

Because I sat retreat in every season, I know that the sound of wind in fall is different than it is in winter.

Silence taught me to notice nature.

Take a short walk outside in silence and you’ll discover the wisdom and peace that nature has to offer.

7. Body

During retreat I noticed that whenever I got lost in thought, I lost track of my body.  And when I focused on my body, my thoughts would calm down.

Silence taught me to be in my body. 

Close your eyes and ask, “What sensations do I feel in my hand?”  Learning to feel your body can calm your troubled mind.

8. Overstimulation

Whenever I went into town after retreat, the world seemed so loud and fast.  I came to realize how much our senses have to process most of the time.

Silence taught me the importance of reducing the stimulation. 

Enjoy some quiet time everyday.  The less you see and hear, the more settled your mind can become.

9. Sound

People would come to the monastery and remark how quiet it was.  But living at the monastery I knew all the noises, from frogs, to owls, to the sound of sandals on the sidewalk.

Silence taught me that the world is a rich texture of sounds. 

Sit in front of your house and close your eyes.  You’ll be amazed at what you hear if you listen long enough.

10. Humanity

During retreat I was surrounded by imperfect people who were doing their best.  Some were happy, some were sad, but all were wonderfully human.

Silence taught me that people display great beauty. 

Find a good spot to people watch with an open heart.  What you see may inspire you.

11. Space

For a long time anytime something difficult came up, I would just distract myself.  But retreat taught me that if I avoided something it would never go away.

Silence taught me that space helps me face hard times. 

The next time you face something difficult, pause and honor whatever is arising.

12. Love

I used to think love was this big thing.  But in retreat I found that I felt love for so many things.

Silence taught me that love can be simple. 

Think of someone you haven’t said I love you to recently and tell them.

13. Courage

I used to think courage was about facing danger, but during retreat I realized that real courage is about facing yourself.

Silence taught me the courage it takes to be still. 

When we stop moving everything we’re running from catches up.  The next time you are afraid, stop and wait for it to pass.  There is immense courage inside your heart.

14. Perseverance

Every retreat reminded me that speaking is easy, but staying quiet is hard.

Silence isn’t flashy, but it has an immense power to endure. 

The next time someone doubts you, instead of disagreeing, silently vow not to give up.  Action speaks volumes.

15. Faith

I often ask for reassurance or feedback.  But living is silence meant I had to trust my instincts.

Silence taught me to have faith in myself. 

The next time you begin to feel anxious, sit in silence and see if you can find the space of deep faith that lives in your heart.

16. Honesty

I used to lie so I wouldn’t have to explain myself.  But when I couldn’t talk I began to notice this impulse and how much it degraded my integrity.

Silence taught me the importance of telling the truth. 

Notice times where you tell little lies and try telling the truth instead.  It isn’t always easy but it’s the first step to trusting ourselves and others. 

17. Gratitude

During retreat I didn’t have a lot of comforts.  It helped me see how much I took for granted and how much I had to be grateful for.

At the end of every day sit in silence and ask yourself what am I grateful for. 

You’ll be amazed at the blessings you discover.

18. Simplicity

I used to love drama and conflict. But at retreat I found I was happier when I kept it simple.

Silence taught me that simplicity and joy are close companions. 

Pick one space in your home you could simplify.  Keep it simple for one month and enjoy the ease it offers your life.

19. Connection

I used to think I had to talk in order to feel connected.  I realized during retreat that I can feel connected just by being near people I care about.

Silence taught me that words can get in the way. 

Do something in silence with someone you love.  It will be awkward at first but eventually you will see what it means just to be in someone presence.

20. Truth

I studied philosophy in college and I thought I could read about truth.  But retreat taught me that truth is found in silence.

Silence has taught me a deeper truth than words ever could. 

Sit in silence once a week and feel the truth in your heart.  It’s there whether you can express it in words or not.

 

 

About the author: Samuel “Gentoku” McCree is a Mindful Fitness thought leader, personal trainer, and mindful living coach from Portland, OR. He trained for two years at a Zen monastery, is an endurance athlete, and founder of MindFitMove. You can find his blog and a free Ebook on Your Sexy Brain at mindfitmove.com.  ~via BodyMindSoulSpirit.com

 

KIMBERLY SNYDER: “The Amazing Healing Benefits of Gratitude”

Healing Benefits of Gratitude

If you’re alive and reading this, you have something to be grateful for.  That’s great news!  This post will give you support in practicing gratitude on a regular basis, so you can better heal yourself, while lowering stress and anxiety, enhancing your sleep, and improving your relationships.

The Healing Benefits of Gratitude

You may not realize that something as simple as expressing gratitude — something that costs nothing and takes very little time — can have such an impact on your health.   Yoga Masters have been teaching for centuries that gratitude is a key component of a happy, balanced and healthy life, but it’s nice to see that it’s in alignment with modern findings.  A comprehensive look at gratitude and its effects  [1]  showed that when you routinely appreciate others or even just the positive parts of your life, you can experience:

  —Less aggression  [2]

  —Heightened feelings of altruism, empathy, warmth, a greater desire to treat friends, family, and strangers with more kindness (you may even set off a chain of random acts of kindness!).  When someone does something nice for you, you’ll be inspired to pay it forward  [3]

  —Reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, and more optimism  [4]

  —More trust in others 

  —Extra intrinsic motivation to do and achieve more  [5]

  —More satisfaction from relationships (romantic relationships also get a boost from gratitude!)  [6]

  —Better ability to deal with criticism/less sensitive to others’ negativity

  —Better sleep

  —Lowered likelihood of developing a drug or alcohol problem

  —Lowered risk of eating disorder (thanks to a healthier body image)

   —Quicker recovery from post-traumatic stress

The review suggests that there could actually be a causal relationship between gratitude and well-being.  That means increasing gratitude could directly enhance many different aspects of your life, most notably your health.  Could there be an easier, or more inexpensive way to enhance both your happiness and health?  (Okay, sometimes gratitude can be challenging when you’re feeling down — especially in the beginning–but with practice, it becomes much easier, I promise!)  Training yourself to think this way only takes a few minutes at a time, per day or even per week. Eventually, it will help shift your whole perspective on life in a much more positive way.

What Is Gratitude, Really?

That seems simple enough to answer, right?  You can feel gratitude when someone helps you out, but being thankful isn’t always related to another person.  Are you thankful for your warm clothes in the winter, even if you purchased them yourself?  What about your meals, even if you’re the one who has to prepare and cook them?

No matter what, you can focus more on the positive and choose to feel gratitude for anything, or anyone, at any time.  Once you get into the habit of consciously appreciating the positives around you, that attitude spreads over into the times when you aren’t actively practicing the feeling of thanks.  I do this when I walk down the street or wander into my backyard and gaze at the lemon tree.  I express gratitude every day for each and every unique, beautiful tree and plant I see.  I think we should all be more grateful for nature and her beauty every day!

Final note about the research. When comparing feelings of gratitude to other areas of the subjects’ lives in the studies, there were correlations between gratitude and:

  —Feelings of satisfaction with life in general

  —Feelings of living life to the fullest

  —More self-acceptance and personal growth 

  —A feeling of staying true to themselves

  —The belief that they have quality relationships in their lives

How to Practice This Universal Language

Learning to practice gratitude isn’t a long, drawn-out process.  You can start right now and begin noticing differences in how you feel and your outlook on life in just a few weeks, even if you’re not practicing daily.

Keep a gratitude journal.  At the end of the day or week, write down five things you’re grateful for.  This could be something as simple as being happy the weather was warm enough for you to hike before work earlier in the week or that your spouse did the dishes.  You can even be grateful for the lemons that you use to make your hot water with lemon in the morning, that fill you with beautifying vitamin C and enzymes!

Set an alarm on your phone that will go off periodically throughout the day.  Each time it goes off, stop to remind yourself of something you’re grateful for.

Don’t jump right out of bed at the sound of your morning alarm.  Take a minute to take a few deep breaths and think of a few things that you’re happy to have in your life or experience, whether it’s a beautiful sunrise or the warm blankets you have covering you.

Do something nice for someone else, family or stranger, even if it’s just giving them a compliment and thanking them for something they did.  Spreading joy and showing your appreciation for another human being not only brightens their mood, but yours, too!

Talk with your spouse or best friend at the end of the day about what you’re grateful for.  These daily talks are more interesting than asking if they took the trash out or fed the dog, and may open the door to strengthen your relationship, especially if you start naming things you’re grateful for in each other.

Leave little notes for yourself around the office or at home that remind you of the things you’re grateful for.  Running across those during a stressful moment could make you feel better.  Try sticking them on the top of your smoothie cup or one of the meals you’ve packed for the day.

Really think about what you’re thinking. No, that isn’t a typo.  Your thoughts affect your mood, and you’ll be happier if you’re thinking thoughts of gratitude!  When a negative thought crosses your mind (it happens to everyone, of course!), take a closer look at it.  Are you just feeling grumpy and turning your bad mood into one big growing ball of negativity?  Was your ego, the image and labels you hold about yourself, somehow wounded in some way?  Is there any truth in the thought that you can use to change your situation or use as a catalyst to turn your thought into something more positive?  Once you glean the useful bits from your negative thoughts, kick the rest and give your thoughts a more positive spin.  Here’s an example. Let’s say you tried something new and failed.  Instead of saying, “I’m a failure,” remind yourself that failing — sometimes multiple times — brings you closer to your goal.  It’s still progress and you can still learn from it.  And that’s something to be grateful for.

Tell someone that you appreciate them and why.  They’ll feel good, and so will you!

Start Today!

Use this today as a starting point for a lifetime of feelings of gratitude.  Your whole outlook on life will change once you give yourself that nudge, and you’ll feel better in so many different ways when you begin focusing on the positives.  Look at what you do have, be thankful, and strive to reach out to help other people and keep the goodwill going.

The goodness in your life will blossom in even more abundance as you do.

Now here’s my turn: I’m sending gratitude to YOU for being you and part of this wonderful community.

Love,

Kimberly

 

 

[References]:

[1] http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/pdfs/GratitudePDFs/2Wood-GratitudeWell-BeingReview.pdf
[2] http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/09/02/1948550611416675.abstract
[3] http://www.psy.miami.edu/faculty/mmccullough/Papers/Gratitude_CDPS_2008.pdf
http://www.socialemotions.org/page5/files/Bartlett.DeSteno.2006.pdf
[4] http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/Labs/emmons/PWT/index.cfm?Section=4
[5, 6] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01273.x/abstract

 

 

~Thanks to In5D.com – via KimberlySnyder.net

CHING HAI: “The Ego Separates Us From Our True Self”

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Wisdom is really important; and ego, we have to cut it.  The less ego, the better.  It is a pity because we don’t really need this ego.  The ‘I’ that knows everything already, the ‘I that is expert in this and specialist in that we don’t need all that.  Because if we don’t have them, then we are more smart.  We will become more intelligent, smarter, really.

The only reason I can do many things well and that everyone likes is because, perhaps, I have very little ego or none.  I keep checking myself to see if any ego pops up.  Perhaps the reason that your ego doesn’t go away is because you don’t have the chance to rub with other people, like no one checks you, no one fixes you; no one tells you what’s wrong with you because you don’t do anything with other people.  Or, you are in a very high position outside in the society, like you are a boss or some director, manager, whatever; you are the one who tells everyone what to do all the time, and no one ever talks back at you.  Also, sometimes even as a practitioner, you have no chance to be corrected by anyone else.  But don’t be offended; cut that ego off.  Okay?

It’s not enough that you meditate.  You’ve got to be exposed to many situations to grow up.  You have to go out and also react to the reality in order to have more intelligence.  Meditation helps also, but if you don’t have a chance to polish it, then it doesn’t work.

If anyone at all scolds you, or even wrongly accuses you, be thankful for that person.  That’s good for your humility, actually; and even if it’s not true, it’s also good for you.  At that time, you check yourself out and then you know how much ego you have.  If at that time you just still say, “Oh, I’m such a good person, why does he say like this and like this?”  And you complain all day, and then you’ll begin to hate that person, then still it’s no good.  Anyway, if someone corrects you in any way, that’s really good for you.  You learn from that mistake, and you become better and better.

No one is bad, just ego is bad.  Truly the egos is the worst enemy of everyone.  Many people like to keep it, that’s the problem.  If you listen to this ego too much, you forget your great Self, your intelligent Self, your wise wisdom Self.  That is the only problem.  It’s a pity if you keep listening to the ego, like you know too much and all that.  Then you don’t know your real Self.  The main problem is the ego separates us from our true Self, from the one who truly knows everything.  If we just think we know everything about this world, then we don’t know our Self.  That’s the greatest problem with the ego.

The ego is the greatest enemy.  Sometimes the ego destroys a marriage, destroys a relationship, destroys a friendship, destroys the love between mother and son, or father and daughter even, because the ego causes conflict all the time — doesn’t want to do anything that is pleasing to the mother or father or pleasing to the partner, just wants to do the thing that causes trouble.  Day after day like this, if a partner always causes trouble, then of course the relationship is broken.  You cannot remember anything but bad things about each other — bad souvenirs, bad happening, bad events, bad result — and never good.  So, of course the relationship cannot live this way, the marriage cannot continue.

This is just physically speaking.  Talking about the spiritual level, of course you’re even far away from your Self.  If you’re clinging to your worldly know-how a little bit, even if you don’t even know enough and you think you know a lot, and you just cling to that, then you don’t know your Self.  For example, if you have something in front of you, like even just a thin curtain, you cannot see yourself through the mirror.  But if that thin curtain falls down, then you can see yourself clearly.  This is the ego problem.  It just stands between people; it stands between your real Self and anything else that comes near you.  Then it makes everything damaged or ruined or distorted; it is not the real thing anymore.

It’s a pity.  This is not the thing we should keep.  It’s our enemy.  The little knowledge that we think we know — that is not our true knowledge.  The ego is really hard to get rid of, very, very hard; and it ruins many things in this world.  It causes war.  It causes enemies and hatred, and ruin of nations.  The people who have no ego never want to war with anyone because they can see through the uselessness of those things.  So, ego is the worst enemy of everyone in this world.

Animals, they don’t have ego.  True dogs, for example, don’t have any ego.  They are so pure, that’s why they can love you every minute.  Even if you just scold them, they come with wagging tail immediately, the moment you come and love them.  They never hold any hatred within their heart for a second.  You can see that.  So if you want to see the egoless being, look at the dog.  Truly it’s like that.

Most animals don’t have ego at all, until humans interfere and ruin their nature.  That’s the problem.  We humans not only ruin ourselves by our little so-called knowledge of the world, but we also ruin nature, and we also ruin animals.  We force them into crazy behavior.  I observed it all and I know it.  It’s the truth.  I’m not just telling it from books — it is truly like that.

 

 

~via HowToExitTheMatrix.com