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9 Mind-Bending Epiphanies That Turned My World Upside-Down

9 Mind-Bending Epiphanies That Turned My World Upside-Down

on 6 November, 2013 at 20:58

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Over the years I’ve learned dozens of little tricks and insights for making life more fulfilling. They’ve added up to a significant improvement in the ease and quality of my day-to-day life. But the major breakthroughs have come from a handful of insights that completely rocked my world and redefined reality forever.

The world now seems to be a completely different one than the one I lived in about ten years ago, when I started looking into the mechanics of quality of life. It wasn’t the world (and its people) that changed really, it was how I thought of it.

Maybe you’ve had some of  the same insights. Or maybe you’re about to.

1. You are not your mind.

The first time I heard somebody say that,  I didn’t like the sound of it one bit. What else could I be? I had taken for granted that the mental chatter in my head was the central “me” that all the experiences in my life were happening to.

I see quite clearly now that life is nothing but passing experiences, and my thoughts are just one more category of things I experience. Thoughts are no more fundamental than smells, sights and sounds. Like any experience, they arise in my awareness, they have a certain texture, and then they give way to something else.

If you can observe your thoughts just like you can observe other objects, who’s doing the observing? Don’t answer too quickly. This question, and its unspeakable answer, are at the center of all the great religions and spiritual traditions.

2. Life unfolds only in moments.

Of course! I once called this the most important thing I ever learned. Nobody has ever experienced anything that wasn’t part of a single moment unfolding. That means life’s only challenge is dealing with the single moment you are having right now. Before I recognized this, I was constantly trying to solve my entire life — battling problems that weren’t actually happening. Anyone can summon the resolve to deal with a single, present moment, as long as they are truly aware that it’s their only point of contact with life, and therefore there is nothing else one can do that can possibly be useful. Nobody can deal with the past or future, because, both only exist as thoughts, in the present. But we can kill ourselves trying.

3. Quality of life is determined by how you deal with your moments, not which moments happen and which don’t.

I now consider this truth to be Happiness 101, but it’s amazing how tempting it still is to grasp at control of every circumstance to try to make sure I get exactly what I want. To encounter an undesirable situation and work with it willingly is the mark of a wise and happy person. Imagine getting a flat tire, falling ill at a bad time, or knocking something over and breaking it — and suffering nothing from it. There is nothing to fear if you agree with yourself to deal willingly with adversity whenever it does show up. That is how to make life better. The typical, low-leverage method is to hope that you eventually accumulate power over your circumstances so that you can get what you want more often. There’s an excellent line in a Modest Mouse song, celebrating this side-effect of wisdom:  As life gets longer, awful feels softer.

4. Most of life is imaginary.

Human beings have a habit of compulsive thinking that is so pervasive that we lose sight of the fact that we are nearly always thinking. Most of what we interact with is not the world itself, but our beliefs about it, our expectations of it, and our personal interests in it. We have a very difficult time observing something without confusing it with the thoughts we have about it, and so the bulk of what we experience in life is imaginary things. As Mark Twain said: “I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” The best treatment I’ve found? Cultivating mindfulness.

5. Human beings have evolved to suffer, and we are better at suffering than anything else.

Yikes. It doesn’t sound like a very liberating discovery. I used to believe that if I was suffering it meant that there was something wrong with me — that I was doing life “wrong.” Suffering is completely human and completely normal, and there is a very good reason for its existence. Life’s persistent background hum of “this isn’t quite okay, I need to improve this,” coupled with occasional intense flashes of horror and adrenaline are what kept human beings alive for millions of years. This urge to change or escape the present moment drives nearly all of our behavior. It’s a simple and ruthless survival mechanism which works exceedingly well for keeping us alive, but it has a horrific side effect: human beings suffer greatly by their very nature. This, for me, redefined every one of life’s problems as some tendril of the human condition. As grim as it sounds, this insight is liberating because it means: 1) that suffering does not necessarily mean my life is going wrong, 2) that the ball is always in my court, so the degree to which I suffer is ultimately up to me, and 3) that all problems have the same cause and the same solution.

6. Emotions exist to make us biased.

This discovery was a complete 180 from my old understanding of emotions. I used to think my emotions were reliable indicators of the state of my life — of whether I’m on the right track or not. Your passing emotional states can’t be trusted for measuring your self-worth or your position in life, but they are great at teaching you what it is you can’t let go of. The trouble is that emotions make us both more biased and more forceful at the same time. Another survival mechanism with nasty side-effects.

7. All people operate from the same two motivations: to fulfill their desires and to escape their suffering.

Learning this allowed me to finally make sense of how people can hurt each other so badly. The best explanation I had before this was that some people are just bad. What a cop-out. No matter what kind of behavior other people exhibit, they are acting in the most effective way they are capable of (at that moment) to fulfill a desire or to relieve their suffering. These are motives we can all understand; we only vary in method, and the methods each of us has at our disposal depend on our upbringing and our experiences in life, as well as our state of consciousness. Some methods are skillful and helpful to others, others are unskillful and destructive, and almost all destructive behavior is unconscious. So there is no good and evil, only smart and dumb (or wise and foolish.) Understanding this completely shook my long-held notions of morality and justice.

8. Beliefs are nothing to be proud of.

Believing something is not an accomplishment. I grew up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they’re really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because “strength of belief” is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you’ve made it a part of your ego. Listen to any “die-hard” conservative or liberal talk about their deepest beliefs and you are listening to somebody who will never hear what you say on any matter that matters to them — unless you believe the same. It is gratifying to speak forcefully, it is gratifying to be agreed with, and this high is what the die-hards are chasing. Wherever there is a belief, there is a closed door. Take on the beliefs that stand up to your most honest, humble scrutiny, and never be afraid to lose them.

9. Objectivity is subjective.

Life is a subjective experience and that cannot be escaped. Every experience I have comes through my own, personal, unsharable viewpoint. There can be no peer reviews of my direct experience, no real corroboration. This has some major implications for how I live my life. The most immediate one is that I realize I must trust my own personal experience, because nobody else has this angle, and I only have this angle. Another is that I feel more wonder for the world around me, knowing that any “objective” understanding I claim to have of the world is built entirely from scratch, by me. What I do build depends on the books I’ve read, the people I’ve met, and the experiences I’ve had. It means I will never see the world quite like anyone else, which means I will never live in quite the same world as anyone else — and therefore I mustn’t let outside observers be the authority on who I am or what life is really like for me. Subjectivity is primary experience — it is real life, and objectivity is something each of us builds on top of it in our minds, privately, in order to explain it all. This truth has world-shattering implications for the roles of religion and science in the lives of those who grasp it.

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Unusual Personality Test That Will Reveal Much about Your Perception of Life

One of the basic rules of this test is to write what you feel and what first comes to mind. It’s fine if you have the same answersto different questions. Do not read all at once! Read the questions one by one and do not rush. It will not be so interesting to see the next question if you are still writing the answerto the previous one. Well, if a pen and a piece of paper are in front of you, then let’s begin!

1. You are peering into the sea, what do you feel? Focus only on your first impression. You can close your eyes to better feel it…

2. You are walking through the woods and look at the ground. Write down what you feel.

3. What do you feel when looking at flying seagulls? It’s all right if in this case you make up with a quick response.

4. What about a herd of horses? Write the first thing that comes to mind, avoid thinking for too much time.

5. You are in the desert, standing by the wall with a small hole, behind which you see the oasis. What are your actions? Don’t write just your thoughts and feelings, but focus on what you would do in this situation.

6. You are still in the desert, completely exhausted, and suddenly see a water jug. Once again, your actions are what matters in this question. Your answer may sound banal, but still write it down.

7. You are lost in the woods in the evening and see a house with lights on. Write what you’re gonna do.

8. You’re in the fog. Once more, focus on actions and write down how you would behave.

INTERPRETATION

1. Your attitude to life, emotions, sensations.

2. The way you feel in your own family.

3. Your attitude towards women.

4. Your attitude to men.

5. Your basic life strategy and goal. The way you solve your problems.

6. How selective you are in sexual life. Choice of a partner.

7. Your readiness for marriage.

8. Your attitude to death.

Credits: Anna, LearningMind, where this first appeared.

Brain Waves And The Deeper States Of Consciousness

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Every part of your body vibrates to its own rhythm. Your brain has a unique set of brain waves. In neuroscience, there are five distinct brain wave frequencies, namely Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and the lesser known Gamma. Learning mind control at the deeper states of consciousness opens you up to the world of your subconscious mind where you can create your reality at will and with exact precision.

Each frequency, measured in cycles per second (Hz), has its own set of characteristics representing a specific level of brain activity and hence a unique state of consciousness.

Beta (12-30Hz): Beta brain waves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. As you go about your daily activities you are at Beta. Although important for effectively functioning in everyday life, higher Beta levels translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness. With the majority of adults primarily operating at Beta during their waking hours it is little wonder that stress is today’s most common health problem. The voice of Beta is the little nagging chatterbox of your inner critic, which becomes louder and more relentless the higher you go in the range.

Alpha (7.5-12Hz): Alpha brain waves are present in deep relaxation with the eyes usually closed and while day-dreaming. The relaxed detached awareness achieved during light meditation is characteristic of Alpha and is optimal for programming your mind for success. Alpha heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration. It lies at the base of your conscious awareness and is the gateway to your subconscious mind. The renowned Silva Method by Jose Silva is premised on the power of Alpha. The voice of Alpha is your intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the closer you get to 7.5Hz.

The following chart shows the EEG (Electroencephalography) graphs of the four major levels of brain activity.

The Alpha-Theta border, from 7 to 8Hz, is the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and using the creative power of your mind. It is the mental state at which you consciously create your reality. At this frequency of mind control you are conscious of your surroundings but your body is in deep relaxation. To learn how to access this level of mind at will you must first learn how to relax.

Gamma (30-100Hz): The most recently discovered range is Gamma which is the fastest in frequency at above 40Hz (some researchers do not distinguish Beta from Gamma waves). Although little is known about this state of mind, initial research shows Gamma waves are associated with bursts of insight and high-level information processing.

In a nutshell, there are five major brain wave ranges: Beta (12-30Hz) is present in normal waking consciousness and is heightened during times of stress; the Alpha brain wave (7.5-14Hz) in deep relaxation; Theta (4-7.5Hz) in meditation and light sleep; and the slowest, Delta (0.5-4Hz) in deep dreamless sleep and transcendental meditation. The less recognised Gamma is fastest (above 40Hz) and associated with sudden insight. The optimal level for visualization is the Alpha-Theta Border at 7-8Hz. It is the gateway to your subconscious mind.

Credits: Tania Kotsos of www.mind-your-reality.com

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The Power Of Thought: Alter Your Genes and Cure any Disease

Cellular Biologist Bruce Lipton believes that humans can control their genes by changing their environment.

New age gurus, spiritualists and visionaries talk about the power of thoughts and how it manifests into reality. But when the same theory/concept is affirmed by someone from a scientific background, it helps bridge the gap between science and the spirituality.

Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief, advocates the idea that we have significant control over our biology, and with our intentions and beliefs we can ‘reprogram’ or ‘control’ our genes and our lives. This challenges the traditional scientific belief that genes control life and people attribute their illnesses to genetic dysfunctions.

For instance if cancer, heart failure or some other disease runs in the family, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a younger member of the family would also get those diseases, contradictory to the belief that diseases are hereditary. The genes can be altered by changing our environment and perception of that environment.

“You can control your genes by influencing your beliefs and personal attitudes. How I see the world and my perception controls not just internal biology and genetic behavior but it controls how I create a world around me, your mind’s perception of the world changes the biology and chemistry of your body which changes the cells in your body.”

Cells are like miniature people, since cells and humans have the same system like digestive, reproductive, immune and nervous systems. Each cell, like every human, has receptors built into its skin so it can become aware of the environment. If a person is in a stressful environment, every one of our cell is also experiencing that via the electromagnetic vibrations sent throughout our body. Similarly, if we are happy, our cells are happy and in harmony.

“Cells experience the same life you experience and it can survive outside of your body by living and growing in a tissue culture dish,” Lipton adds.

Research reveals that 95% of the time humans use their subconscious mind which is the habit mind programmed from childhood till the age of 6, after which your life is controlled by those habits. While the conscious mind, which we associate with our personal identity, our thinking and reasoning mind, is used only 5% of the time.

You might accept this message and might think that I will change or become positive and eliminate the negative thoughts, but in real that’s only your conscious mind talking, the subconscious wants to return to his old ways of repetitive patterns. We have to make a conscious effort to unlearn what we were programmed as children and not rely on habits and make a visible change in our lives.

According to Lipton, there are three ways that are effective in changing old, limiting or sabotaging beliefs in the subconscious mind, Buddhist mindfulness, clinical hypnotherapy and a new healing modality called ‘energy psychology.’ This change will eventually lead to a healthier living in harmony with nature and ourselves.

I encourage you to watch this video :

12 Catalysts For Discovering Your Inner Hero

“We will see that our greatest crisis leaders toil in sadness when society is happy, seeking help from friends and family and doctors. Sometimes they’re up, sometimes they’re down, but they’re never quite well. Yet when calamity occurs, if they are in a position to act, they can lift up the rest of us; they can give us the courage we may have temporarily lost, the fortitude that steadies us. Their weakness is, in short, the secret of their strength.”- Nassir Ghaemi, First Rate Madness

Since embarking upon the adventure and answering “the call” in 2010, I have had the privilege to witness amazing acts of serendipity first hand and meet some of the world’s greatest creators. Over the course of this journey, I have grown increasingly interested in the factors that contribute to the building of real life super heroes; individuals who have discovered their inner power to create their path.

What makes someone an outlier, a hero that is willing to consistently push through the darkness to bring large scale visions to reality?

Here are the answers I have come across in my journey thus far…

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1. Successfully Harnessing Forms of Mania (Genius Disease), OCD, Addiction, or Other Form of “Mental Illness” in the Pursuit of Truth

I have found that many of the world’s greatest creators often suffer from conditions that the medical community would often deem as mania, schizophrenia, bi-polar, or obsessive compulsive disorder. This concept is brought to light by medical psychologist Nassir Ghaemi, who explores the lives of Sherman, Lincoln, JFK, Gandhi, MLK, and many more prominent leaders who suffered from symptoms of these diseases.

As a result of the taboos associated with “mental health” in our society, many of the world’s greatest artists/heroes are being drugged and brain washed into believing that they are victims of an incurable “dis-ease”. The biggest obstacle many of these talented individuals face is overcoming the sense of shame associated with these “taboo” conditions that are not well understood by our world. If one learns to channel their gift, however , a new world emerges that connects the conscious and sub-conscious realm. This is the key to modern alchemy (bringing large scale visions to reality) and as our world progresses you will see more and more people affected.

This isn’t an easy or comfortable process and many will refuse to answer the call out of fear of death (ego) and the challenges associated with channeling huge amounts of collective energies. In the negative, people that have these awakenings will be heavily drugged to “control” their gift.

2. Encountering Traumatic or Life Altering Experience As A Child or Young Adult (Forces Deeper Questions)

This is not a necessity but can serve as an accelerator for a child or young adult that encounters a traumatic experience early in life . As a result of trauma, human beings are often forced to ask the deeper questions. Who am I? What is the point of life? What is death? Why do I fear what I fear?

To discover any type of truth in this life, we must first be willing to ask the right questions. It is amazing how life opens when we learn to surrender and let go of limiting ideologies.

3. Undergoing a Death of Perceived Self (Ego) & Rebirth (Discovery of “I AM” Presence)

At some stage of life, the hero must undergo a transformation that forces him or her to let go of the perceived self and the past story. In the modern age this often happens in the form of a mid life crisis, traumatic accident, or some type of failure that derails the perceived sense of Self. Why hold to past stories, ideologies, and heavy forms when you can create whatever you want in the present?

Once the heaviness of the ego departs, a new world emerges that is far more vibrant and fresh than anything previously experienced. During this stage, creativity is enhanced which often leads to astonishing successes that many fail to fully comprehend.

Again, this is not an easy process since the hero most confront the darkness directly to prevent against experiencing these negative , reoccurring cycles that consumes the masses. Suffering is a natural, necessary process to discover the inner hero (the creator).

“Out of the ashes rises the phoenix (self)”.

4. Successfully Confronting Opposing Parental Views & Limiting Societal Perspectives To Build Path

The first step of the hero’s journey is confronting the father and it has been common thread throughout all cultures since the beginning of time.

You are not your parents and you must be willing to confront your loved ones if they challenge your vision or dream. This is the hardest thing for a hero to do; however, it must be done if you wish to discover your own potential. The greatest  heroes usually grasp this early and take the leap!

5. Becoming Unafraid of Failure & Accepts Rejection By The Masses

The first step of the journey is often the most difficult because we are often too paralyzed by our own fears to muster the courage to embark. Once the hero understands this illusion, he or she is no longer afraid to act since they know that the resources will be unlocked once the first  step is taken.

After each successive journey into the unknown is completed, the hero gains confidence and refuses to worry about the opinion of the masses. If perception creates reality, why should we focus on anything outside of ourselves? Again, this is a difficult process since many of us depend on the views of others to define our sense of “self”.

6. Abandoning Traditional Media & Follows Intuition (Inner Knower)

Deep down everyone knows the direction they should go in, however, fear and uncertainty can often paralyze the strongest ambition. The greatest heroes learn to listen and trust their internal compass despite external circumstances. By living a life that is authentic to whom they wish to be, they indirectly empower everyone them to discover their own strength.

**In a world of endless information, we must be willing to discern what is important by following our own intuition. If not, the hero’s journey becomes an endless reading of self help books with the same universal message. Action comes as a result of your belief in yourself…. Be the creator rather than the consumer!

7. Using Fear As An Accelerator

“They burned in my heart and drove me to all the boldest acts of daring, and forced me to rise above myself. You let me see truths of which I had no previous inkling. You let me undertake journeys, whose endless length would have scared me, if the knowledge of them had not been secure in you.”-C.G. Jung, The Red Book

I received this advice during an interview with one of the greatest leaders of my generation (Eric Greitens). He told me that it is through the feeling of fear that we know we are headed in the right direction. It sounds counter-intuitive right? Doesn’t fear protect us from danger? The truth behind Eric’s statement is that a vast majority of our society hides behind their fear and is afraid of anything outside the status quo. These individuals do not truly live because they never will possess the ambition, drive, or courage to free themselves from their self created limitations. Take the time right now to think about something you were deathly afraid of as a child. What happened when you confronted that fear? Now think of something you feared this past month. Have you been able to confront it? What was the outcome? Many times our fears are just layers of our insecurity that we must purge to strengthen our human potential.

As a rule of thumb, if you fear something it is an indicator that you must take action. This mindset will accelerate your life path if put into action.

8. “Connecting The Dots” Between Perception & Reality

The hero realizes the powerful relationship between perception and reality and becomes more conscious of the world they are creating. Rather than focusing on external situations, they dive within, discovering their power to transmute suffering and dissolve obstacles. This gives the hero confidence to take bigger and bigger leaps of faith for the benefit of his fellow man.

9. Becoming Comfortable In The Darkness Through Confronting  Deep Depression & The Unknown

In order to experience the “light”, a hero must undergo a deep transformation where dark aspects of the psyche are analyzed and transmuted. The world exists in opposites so one will experience success and failure interchangeably, learning to become unattached to outcomes.

To cure a condition, we must endure it ourselves to obtain the weapon to transmute it. Unfortunately, most of society’s leaders (doctors, teachers, politicians, psychologists, psychiatrists) obtain all of their perspectives from “text books” and fail to have any impact on those they are trying to help. A hero must undergo intense suffering at some stage in their lives and learn from direct experiences to help those caught in the darkness. How do you learn to follow your intuition any other way?

10. Feeling At Home In All Situations Through Repeatedly Embarking Upon The Hero’s Journey

The adventure never ends in the life of the hero and it is embraced rather than fretted about. Once one goal is accomplished another “call” will come, leading to a fresh set of challenges. With this mindset, the hero over the course of his/her life seems to be at “home” in all environments and is unafraid of what life may bring.

11. Using The Practice of Dream Analysis To Access The Subconscious Realm (Inner Knower)

The renowned psychiatrist, Carl Jung, brought attention to the phenomenon of dream analysis that has been utilized by many of humanity’s greatest leaders. By remembering and analyzing the symbols found in our dreams, we are able to connect our conscious to our sub-conscious mind, allowing human beings to recognize blockages and accelerate their ability to manifest.

Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla,  Mary Shelley, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney,  James Cameron, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams are just a few who have attributed some of their greatest breakthroughs to dream analysis.

*I highly recommend the following books to better understand this concept.

1. The Red Book by Carl Jung

2. It’s All In Your Dreams: Five Portals To An Awakened Life by Kelly Sullivan Walden

12. Grasping The Connection Between All Human Beings & Grasps A Universal Theme Behind All Religions (Resists Any Form Of Duality aka “Separation”)

To succeed in this life at the highest level, there can be no separation or division based upon limiting beliefs or religious ideology that cut off sects of humanity. The true power in all religions is found in the metaphor and if a hero grasps this, he realizes that god is within, not without. We must be willing to connect the dots in our lives and evolve beliefs that limit our potential.

Understanding Buddhism

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A lot of people misunderstanding on Buddhism, they associated Buddhism with “Superstitious”.

They thought Buddhists are praying to a statue with fruits, water, flower, Incense, light/lamp and others.

This is NOT TRUE.

There is a meaning behind Buddhist devotional practice.

Once you understand more on Buddhism, you’ll know it’s scientific, nothing link with “Superstitious”.

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 Buddhist devotees to express our reverence and gratitude to Buddha’s Dharma  teaching.

 To remind one of the qualities of Perfect Wisdom and Perfect Compassion of the Buddha.

  It’s serves to inspire us to develop these qualities as we recall the greatness of  

 the Buddha and His Teachings.

OFFERING

To make offering to Buddha is not because Buddha needs them or to give bribery or to please or exchange a favor from Buddha.

When you give something to Buddha, you ask for “return”. We are not doing business with Buddha.

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Seeds of life

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8 Things I Learned From the Bhagavad Gita

By YOGANONYMOUS

In the battle between heart and mind, it doesn’t matter who wins:

What matters is that you are true to both for they are not really opposed but guiding you to the truth. We balance on a narrow precipice between heart and mind: following our intuitive hearts, living with no regrets, being true to ourselves and honest with others while at the same time following our rational minds, having self-discipline and living according to our values like integrity, loyalty, honor, courage and duty.

“Surrender the fruit’s of your actions.”

Find contentment with the journey you are on regardless of outcomes, even when the walls are crumbling around you and the earth is cracking beneath your feet. “Do not expect or fear anything.” Expectation and fear limit our possibilities.

Accept the dualities of life:

“Be at ease in pleasure and pain, in honor and disgrace. Do not rejoice in good fortune nor lament bad fortune. Free yourself from desire and anger.”

Imagine your most disgraceful moment and then imagine yourself at ease in it, sitting quietly while the leaves of worry float away in the breeze. Feeling sad about your losses will weigh you down. Accept your desire without coveting or needing that which you want. Jettison anger as quickly as possible for it is the poison that seeps into our hearts if we don’t let it go.

Accept the equanimity of life:

When you see all beings as equal in suffering and in joy, when you are rooted in the oneness of all beings, you cannot love or hate because it is all part of the same thing. Put in other words, love your enemy as yourself. Refuse to speak badly about those who hurt you or your enemies. Limiting your speech will limit your negative thoughts and eventually allow you to forgive in your heart and mind as well. Then you can approach your enemies with kindness and empathy.

“The wise are free of attachments and act for the well-being of the whole world.”

Free yourself from being overly attached to things. Love without needing or possessing. Hope and dream without being attached to the outcome of your dreams. Think about what you can give to the world rather than your own problems.

“Lucid, with mind unshaken, remain within what is real.”

Speak the truth with kindness. If the truth will cause pain, evaluate your intentions to determine if it really needs to be said. Lucidity may bring to the surface many difficult choices. You cannot pretend when you are living an authentic life.

Live in accordance with your essential nature:

“It is better to do your own duty badly, than to perfectly do another’s. Even the wise man acts in accordance with his inner nature. All beings follow their nature. What good can repression do?”

To determine our dharma, or essential nature, we must look within. We will know our life’s purpose when we know our essential nature, when we are true to ourselves and pursue what we love.

“The wise man does not unsettle the minds of the ignorant; quietly acting in the spirit of yoga, he inspires them to do the same.”

Do not revel in your own voice. Quietly lead by example and inspire others to do the same. Learn to love solitude and silence.