Be Bold & Mighty Forces Will Come To Your Aid

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Being bold means one doesn’t hesitate and is not fearful in the face of an actual or possible danger. The forces that can aid  you in being bold are desire, belief and expectation. In this case one is not afraid to break the rules of propriety and moving forward becomes a natural part of ones rhetoric or personal persuasion.

In order to want anything, you should have a desire to want it. The stronger your desire, the stronger your will to achieve and fully understand it, will be. You should believe that you will get that what you want and lastly, you should create an expectation of that result. The trick with expectation is that you create this expected result or manifestation from your own authority. You are the master of whatever you create, thus you can visualize this expected result while being in complete control of the consequences. Being bold elevates you accordingly in the art of acting from your own authority, thus crystalizing and reinforcing your experience of yourself.

One should remember that the universe works with cause and effect. The law is the law, what works with the molecule works with the universe and what works with the small, works with the mighty 😉 

The Wheel of Life, Samsara

 

Samsara also known as the wheel of life, turns continually because of our ripened karma. Our actions and karma accumulate and through this our experiences manifest in Samsara.

When we create mainly positive actions, we will experience a more or less joyful result. When we have mainly negative actions, we mainly experience unpleasant results.

To be unenlightened means we separate a ‘me’ from a ‘you’. We have been in this state of duality since time without beginning. The cause for this way of perception is the fundamental ignorance of our minds: our mind works like an eye. It looks at the outside, but cannot see itself and so the separation between me and you, outside and inside, here and there arises.

As a result from this duality, we wish to have certain things we experience as separate from ourselves that leads to attachment. Now that we’ve attached ourselves, we know what we want, and we wish to avoid certain things we don’t want, so aversion arises. From our attachment greed arises, as we want more of that what we like and from our aversion to things, jealousy arises as we don’t want others to have that what we have and from our ignorance pride arises because we don’t want to share what we have.

We call the above the five disturbing emotions that make us say and do certain things. Because of the law of cause and effect (Karma) our actions return to us. We create habitual tendencies from our disturbing emotions, thus finding ourselves in the wheel of existence, Samsara.

We can differentiate between six different kinds of experiences or states of existence within Samsara:

  1. God states
  2. Half-god existence
  3. Human existence
  4. Animal existences
  5. Ghost states
  6. Paranoia realms

In all the above states of existence, there is suffering. Samsara is nothing but suffering because it is simply the result of accumulated actions through our disturbing emotions. At times, the wheel turns upwards and then down again. We experience these states as real, although according to Buddhist teachings, they lack reality.

Our problem is that we take everything for real existent as we cling or we reject it. The Buddhist path shows us how to realize the true nature of mind and freeing ourselves from Samsara. For more information on Diamond Way Teachings 

 

Cause and Effect

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Cause and effect, known as karma is not the same as fate. It is the basis of personal freedom and universal responsibility for all living beings. Logically, positive causes cannot bring about negative results and vice versa.

According to the Buddha, four conditions come together for a karmic impression to come to full effect (positive or negative):

  1. A being has to understand clearly its own position and the corresponding conditions, meaning one must know exactly what one is doing and the consequences of such an action.
  2. It has to have the wish, to influence them actively, meaning one wants to and has a need to do this.
  3. The being must do something accordingly or have others do it meaning one does the deed or allows others to do it.
  4. The being has to be satisfied with the results.

When these four conditions come together, a fully developed karmic impression develops, which is stored in our consciousness. So the karma is the strongest when all four conditions come together and the weakest when only one condition is present. This counts for all our actions.

The stream of consciousness flows from birth to birth. In every situation we digest and dissolve old impressions and at the same time, we store new impressions into our minds. For this reason, Buddha never taught karma in a dogmatic way or as a moralist like “You must not …” or “You always have to …”.

A conscious understanding of the way cause and effect work can support you as an individual to create beautiful, positive impressions and to benefit beings in the ‘cycle of existence’ with wisdom and spontaneous activity.

This article was inspired by my Buddhist teacher, Lama Ole Nydahl   

Buddha Shakyamuni
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Did You Figure Out the Second Head Fake?

 

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“Did you figure out the head fake? …..It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.”

“Did you figure out the second head fake? This talk’s not for you. It’s for my kids.” 

Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US and an author who achieved worldwide fame for his speech, the Last Lecture after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and having only a few months to live.

What is your understanding under the second head fake? He mentioned that the quote was for his kids. Why is that? Is it because kids have their whole lives ahead of them and are only beginning with the process of dreaming. Kids have a natural ability to take on things fearlessly, enthusiastically, playfully and with vivid imaginations. They do not know the concept of karma and are not aware of its consequences on their lives. They just live, what feels right to them.

What does it say about us as adults? Are we afraid of change? Do we lack imagination, courage and creativity? Are we too busy multitasking, taking on responsibility and full of stress that we forget our purpose and essence on this planet?

Randy leaves a clue in his first quote: It is about how you lead your life. Ask yourself today, how do I lead my life? What life do I want to lead? What changes do I want to see in my life? Make a note of how you can lead that life that will work for you. Your dreams will naturally follow and with a karma that will be in your favor…and follow the kids! 😉

 

It Is Better To Practice A Little Than Talk A Lot

Getting your message across can sometimes be hard. The trick is to talk out of experience and to communicate the most important part of that specific experience.

People stop listening at some point in conversation. We all do. It is human nature to lose concentration by the second or third paragraph unless the story is either super exciting, gory or filled with gossipy bits. By the way, stay away from gossip…it reeks of bad karma for both the listener and talker. People engage in gossip usually to feel superior to others. By knocking down others, the theory is that one can boost one’s own self-image. Saying no to gossip is protecting yourself and the other from planting negative karma seeds. So please stop it.

Here is how you can practice right speech and get people to listen to you: 

1. Approach others with confidence, hold that head up! 

2. Briefly introduce yourself  and look people in the eye. Remember you have the right to be here!

3. Get your point across!

Talk about something you are passionate about and then ask questions. This draws attention and allows for immediate interaction. Use your eyes and don’t talk about things you have just heard or read briefly. You will look a fool if you are trying to impress with your vague knowledge and your ego will standout and people will stay away and loose respect.

If you don’t have much experience, then practice asking questions. This supports you in obtaining lots of information, and creates a life of excitement and interest. Saying yes all the time, means your ‘yes’ has no value. What really works for me is when somebody is right or when it resonates with me. I never say: ”You are right.” Instead I say: ” I agree.” It is much more empowering for both of us and strengthens my personal choices.

Enjoy your speech as a tool to help others and yourself. It is a gift to express, to change, to converse and to share. Being proud of your talk means you are proud of being you!

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The sound of one hand clapping is the same as the sound of two hands clapping!

The concept of clapping means that when two surfaces come into contact with one another it creates a sound. This can happen even if only one surface is moving. When there is no movement, there is no contact and there is no sound. One hand can make such a movement.

But what does this all means? It means that everything’s connected in some way or another. Everything is in relationship to everything else, interdependent. If the one change, the other one will experience change too. If only one hand moves towards a motionless hand, a clapping sound will be produced. And there will be an applause of some kind!

Should we want change in our lives, we don’t have to wait for something to happen. We don’t have to wait for that perfect someone to turn us into princes and princesses and we certainly don’t have to wait for any object or place to give us that perfect life or feeling.

We can and will experience results if we move or act in a certain way and change will happen. If you want positive change, you will experience positive results and vice versa (karma). There are no excuses and definitely something to think about 😉

”Be the change you want to see in your life” Mahatma Ghandi