Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
On Mindless Menace of Violence
"Mr Chairmen,Ladies And Gentlemen
This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity, my only event of today, to speak briefly to you about the mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.
It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one - no matter where he lives or what he does - can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours.
Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet.
No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason.
Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily - whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence - whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.
"Among free men," said Abraham Lincoln, "there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lost their cause and pay the costs."
Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far-off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire whatever weapons and ammunition they desire.
Too often we honor swagger and bluster and wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach non-violence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them.
Some look for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.
For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is the slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter.
This is the breaking of a man's spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all.
I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we know what must be done. When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies, to be met not with cooperation but with conquest; to be subjugated and mastered.
We learn, at the last, to look at our brothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community; men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear, only a common desire to retreat from each other, only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. For all this, there are no final answers.
Yet we know what we must do. It is to achieve true justice among our fellow citizens. The question is not what programs we should seek to enact. The question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of humane purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence.
We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of others. We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge.
Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanquish it with a program, nor with a resolution.
But we can perhaps remember, if only for a time, that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek, as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.
Surely, this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely, we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men, and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our own hearts brothers and countrymen once again."
When religion goes over board:
There is a line between beliefs and mental disorders.
It's hard to realize it yourself when your mind is in dis-order.
It doesn't help to be born into a family that already has the before mentioned dis-order.
It's easier these days, and yet it's much harder these days.
In a society with drugs, abuse, violence... how easy is it to be unconditionally loving?
Better yet, can you be unconditionally loving?
It's easy towards your spouse, family and friends even... Because you know them, you know what moves them and what angers them.
What about a mean drunk on the side of the road?
Yes, that is a lot harder. You can know he's just as much a part of god as you are, but still you and him have a unique difference and a unique similarity.
He (or she) hasn't come to grip with his emotions, troubles, ideas and was slugged aside like an old wash cloth and wasn't capable of coping with it.
You have had those moments of being slugged away too, but you coped.
It's in your blueprint that you can cope.
I think that aplies really well to all the unlovable in this world, the robbers, murderers, pedophiles, rapists, drunks, drug abusers... all of them at one point let go of the wheel. So how did they survive the horrible crash then.
God/Creator/Higher Power. Yes, still loved by god. (and if we are a part of god what does it mean?)
If there is no struggle we do not know how great we have it... true and not true.
Those people who's blueprints have these cruel fates are the ones who have to fullfill that karma... and by fullfilling that karma they help other people learn about themselves, and so on and so on...
Let's take as an example:
A woman is robbed and killed on the street, her family and friends moarn her, discover new things about this woman, things they never knew. They have to cry, they have to rage, they have to learn to be a whole person again. It takes a huge amount of time, a great effort from their body and soul to learn what they came here to learn.
A violent death can be in your blueprint. Maybe to pay off your karma, maybe to teach your loved ones what is loss, and pain and how to cope with it.
One death effect so many, the more public the death, more people are effected by it.
One could even compare the celebrity craze to this.
Why is the world so obsessed?
Well how many young people learn about battle with anorexia, drugs, mental problems?
A huge amount of young people!
It's like taking a magnifying glass on life lesson and multiplying it by millions.
It is a craze and it is a great blueprint by god.
Even hollywood isn't the empty, black hole of corruption... but on one angle actually the magnifying glass of learning for those who otherwise might have to wait a whole life time to learn a certain life lesson.
Think of local classes and universal classes.
I got off track a bit.
So Unconditional Love, is unconditional, you just have to know why things got to it, how the only thing you can control is your reaction and your knowledge.
You don't have to hug drunk, or go smile to a pedophile(or smack their teeth in).
But you need to know that Everything happens for a reason, karma does exist, you cannot escape thing by pushing them away in to the back of your mind. (that may lead a a life of "those" we been talking about)
Unconditionally love Life, as a whole, it has it's purpose, you have your purpose, "they" have their purpose.
You could not learn what you have to in this life, if "they" weren't here to learn their lessons.
We are all connected.
Friday, February 23, 2007
If you have never worked or had children, then there is a chance you haven't come across real Responsibility?
If you have worked or are working, there is still a chance you haven't come across real Responsibility?
If you have children, you might need to think wether you are manifesting to real life, real Responsibility?
What are we responsible for?
The pie-chart of the fourth quoter, paying the electricity bill, remembring to pick up the most-important-piece-of-laundry in the world, diciplening co-workers/workers...
I mean that is responsibility.
But what kind of responsibility?
Could there be a difference between your ego's responsibility and your soul's responsibility?
What is ego? What is soul?
Question: Laurie, could you please comment on this sentence from your book Realms of Light: "In this brief life, we are trying to line up our small ego with the soul and its vision so that they work together as one." Can you talk to us about the basic difference between the ego and the soul?
Answer: I think one of the main goals of our life on earth is to align our personal vision with the soul's vision. The soul's vision is already very much in alignment with the Divine, with God's vision for us. And yet, here we are in this body which contains the ego. Ego, in the sense that we are speaking of now, means all our perception. Any of our thoughts, anything we perceive is considered ego - which includes our perception that we are the body. So this definition of the word "ego" is a very different definition than the man on the street's definition of ego, or even a psychologist's definition of ego.
--- On Meditation, the Ego and the Soul: An Interview with author Laurie Conrad by Diana Souza. October 30th, 2004. Ithaca, New York. The whole Article.
Your ego worries about daily things, your bills, your reputation, your honour, your believes, your connections, your friends...
Your soul doesn't worry. It knows exactly what is going on, and it also knows your ego is stopping you from seeing the big picture.
But since when have us humanbeings, bright, loving people listened to our body?
Let's face it, not very often.
We should, but listening to our body is very different than listening to our ego.
Our soul has no worries, no fears. It's all in the ego.
What our soul knows, our ego fears.
What we don't know, what is changing, we fear, OUR ego fears.
Our Soul is calm, knowing all things change, constantly.
Tiny, tiny, tiny changes, or huge mind-blowing changes.
It's not getting better or worse.
Yes! It's true! Comforting isn't it... :)
It's just taking the nessecery turns and up and down hills to reach where it's going.
Where are we going?
It's individual. There is as many beliefs as there as drops in the ocean.
Mine is that Earth is a big school. Reincarnation exists. This school has leveled classes, first grade, seconds grade -Infant Souls, Baby/Child Souls, meaning we graduate after learning few things in our Soul level and move forward to the next soul level. Eventually searching enlightenment.
This to me means we move back to The Higher Power, we again become part of "God-Creator-HigherPower".
Now after going through what is Ego, what is Soul, what is Earth and it's meaning.... to me atleast, we get to move to the actual point, Responsibility.
Soul's responsibility isn't daily-work-and-fun responsibility. That's ego's area.
Soul Responsibility is responsibility toward your enlightenment. Your responsibility to learn, see connections between what is your plan of your life and what are your actions.
How your actions deroute or keep you on route depending on the actions you have to the situations you encounter.
Is you temper making you snap at someone, and making you later feel ashamed?
Is you incapability to say No, getting you into stressfull state and debression?
Is it your natural state to be ashamed or stressed or debressed?
Responsibility is to make choices that upkeep your natural state.
When you are calm, happy, positive and smiling, you lead by example.
Your children will follow your lead, your co-workers trust and are comforable with you.
So... Take Responsibility! :)
Thursday, February 22, 2007
This is a basic exercise of imagination. This will later make all other exercises easier.
1. Find a peaceful place where you can be alone.
2. Close your eyes, breath deeply (observe your breathing, do not command it) and relax (you can breath deep 5 times or 15, it's up to you, you know when you are relaxed).
3. Think of an object you have seen today (glass of milk, rose, tree, anything simple)
4. Hold your focus on this object for 5 minutes. See the different changes of color in it, the shape, the texture, the edges, the beauty.
5. Repeat with other objects.
Practise makes this talent grow, eventually you can make the object move, glow, you can see it's energy.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
"Give me strength to let go of the things I cannot influence,
"Anna minulle voimaa päästä irti asioista joihin en voi vaikuttaa,
- Look for a place where you can be in peace.
- Light a candle.
- Close your eyes and breath deeply (focus on your breathing, do not command it just observe it) so you'll relax.
- Imagine in your mind all the good things in your life and thank for them.
- Open your eyes.
I have done them myself and I know they are good.
They come from Diana Cooper's book "Discover Atlantis".
Dispite your religion, path, beliefs... these exercises will make you feel good, positive and calm.
We don't have too much of any of those.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
I hadn't, until last night while going through a magazine I noticed a small side note saying; "Irish scientist have found out the way to make free energy, their company Steorn has launched a challenged to all scientist to proove them wrong. www.steorn.com "
This got made me look up the site, cause who wouldn't want to end the oil-games and gas taxing, huh? ;)
I can't really say what they discovered, but check out the "site", especially the "validation".
If you wanna skip that and just hear it from the men themselves click this to Open or Download the wmv.
For some odd reason my turning into a lacto-ovo-vegetarian to lessen the violance in my life, caused a lot of stir.
Apparently people don't just turn vegetarian, unless they want to lose weight in my near circle.
My point was very clear, I didn't want someone to go through violence for me.
It seems hard to understand by my fellow co-workers and family members.
My husband thinks it's bit hypocritical that I don't assosiate killing plants into "killing anything".
And I do understand no life is more important than the other... but I think our emotions make them still different.
I would love to explain clearly the symbiotic relationship that we (humans) have with plants.
And how it is different from the act violently killing a chicken, cow, pig, dog...
I saw an article in Minä Olen - Magazine that said people shouldn't pay too much attention to what they or others eat. Cause in the end we aren't what we eat, but we are what we think. And seeing differences instead of similarities keeps you from achieving unity and happiness.
So focus on what you love about another person, not how you are different.
These are the basic soul levels and how each soul level reacts with stress. I borrowed this very important information from the book Tao to Earth, by José Stevens, Ph.D. Hopefully he won’t be terribly offended.
THE INFANT SOUL
INFANT SOULS choose lessons of physical survival. They live in simple situations that include intense experiences - famine, plagues, floods, wars, oppression, etc. They don't know the difference between right and wrong, though they can be taught to be decent human beings. They don't usually seek higher education and often don't seek employment, as such. Infant souls don't question authority and willingly adopt the religion of their parents as is.
INFANT SOULS react to stress by trying to keep their stress level low, to adjust with their body and to learn the basics of survival. They stress easily and don’t do well in evolved and spiritually pressuring societies. They gather around the more isolated areas of the globe, near the equator, where the change of the climate is the least and survival in that state is secured. Infant soul survives the overcoming stress by either pulling away of fighting it fiercely. They behave like a cornered animal, which either paralyzes or panics. They remove stress by either wholly removing away from what creates the stress or by controlling themselves completely.
THE BABY/CHILD SOUL
BABY SOULS display less fear than infant souls and are more sophisticated. But they tend to over apply rules. Black is black as far as they're concerned. Their strong early beliefs remain fixed in their minds, regardless of lack of their wisdom or tolerance. Baby souls love to perform big fish in their little puddles...but hate being opposed. Because of this they may spend much time in litigation. Baby souls don't spend time navel-gazing into their own lives. They're often "good students" that learn "proper subjects," and are attracted to fundamentalist religions.
BABY SOULS also prefer a stress free environment, and they focus on small communities, where a traditional lifestyle is upheld. When reaching the final stages of their baby/child souls, they start experimenting with higher levels of stress. They might pick professions in the law enforcement and in law order to heighten their senses of stress. Although if they stress too much, they will behave as infant souls would, they either express tense irrationality or aggression. Baby souls do not seek the stress’s origin from inside. They reach to stress with physical symptoms such that require surgery, medication to heal. They try to prevent stress by add rules and regulations to their environment. Structures lessen their sense of restlessness. Baby souls feel uncomfortable in the presence of homosexuals, or if they are around a different race. They try creating laws to prevent them from accessing same society and living like they do.
THE YOUNG SOUL
YOUNG SOULS are the "Donald Trumps" of the world...the movers and shakers. They usually set the bar too high for themselves. Achievement is paramount. They chase after what they believe will bring success without ever stopping to think why - because they're so limited in their perception. They fear, death and must have all the toys, experiences, fame and money they can possibly accumulate before they die. They are designers of civilization. Young souls usually seek higher education and graduate-level degrees. Their views of orthodoxy are at one end of the spectrum or the other. Monks and nuns are at one end and a belief in total sexual freedom, the other. They have difficulty with insight into other people's behaviour.
YOUNG SOULS use stress as a support of their ambition to get what they want. They are known for their extremely active life, which includes a lot of outside stress. They play big time games in national and international politics, Ivy League universities, professional athletes, corporate “warfare” and in the Hollywood entertainment business. Because of all the competition and ruthless pressure that takes place in these, the young souls often take outside relief to their stress. The misuse of alcohol and drugs are common consequences of that lifestyle. Only in reaching the last stages of this young soul level they realize the stress is coming from inside of them and from their own choices. Young souls prefer quick solutions to ease their situation. That usually leads to even worse situations. Because USA is the country of young souls, there is a lot of association that says stress is useful for the progress. Because of that Old Souls fall in to that trap, put more of that later.
THE MATURE SOUL
MATURE SOULS challenge the young soul's desire to "have it all." It is a hard cycle that demands seeking answers to life's tough questions. They are attracted to gentler faiths, such as Quaker, Unitarian, or Buddhist. Mature souls are not as open to the occult as old souls. They look for and question the motivation for all of life's actions. They often continue with inappropriate relationships -perhaps believing that through self-sacrifice or tough lessons they will ultimately prevail. Often they can't shake their sense of duty. Mature souls suffer from stress related illness that sometimes results in schizophrenia, psychosis and a higher suicide rate than other souls. [Cayce emphasized the role that `stress' plays in not only physical illnesses but also mental illnesses; he believed it was `stress' that wrecked havoc on the brain chemistry/balance]. But they're smart enough to seek professional help without urging. Mature souls often make huge contributions to knowledge - particularly philosophical and scientific. But altogether they don't necessarily have the drive for fame, many still achieve it. They're emotionally high maintenance.
MATURE SOULS normally accept stress as necessary part of their lives, because it gives them the possibility of loads of emptying, varying and highly emotional experiences. Stress eases the limits, edges of their experiences, for that the Mature souls usually pick it to bring excitement to their life. It’s true that souls that have just come to Maturity are very good at creating stressful situations. Soup operas are the perfect example of the dramatics a Mature soul goes through. Depending on how difficult the soul age is some mature souls go back to less stressing environment, but soon return to the cities where there is much action. To lessen stress mature souls easily get into psychotherapy and start read philosophy to clear things up. They start observing their inner world and search the reasons for the stress, sometimes this can go over and they will star blaming themselves for everything. Now and again the pressure gets so high that the persona breaks under it and medical hospitalisation is needed for sometime.
THE OLD SOUL
OLD SOULS live and let live. They seek the route of least resistance...they're individualistic and usually easy going. They have an inner knowing of the waste of time in pursuing fame and fortune and therefore create the appearance of being "laid back." Old souls are highly competent - even in roles they don't particularly like. They tend to choose work that is pleasant and undemanding, leaving them free to pursue their desired goals easily...unless the job adds to the spiritual search. They may or may not seek higher education...but definitely will seek it if they sense it's needed for their chosen path. Old souls create confidence in animals. And their choice of medical care tends to be alternative and holistic. Old souls are here to teach others their spiritual understandings. Their philosophies and writings are simple and easy to read. Old soul’s religion is far reaching and has no label. A grove of trees is a sacred place to them. They seldom cling to dogma and prefer personal spiritual practices. However, old souls are wise enough to be discreet in their religious practices and know how to pass in public undetected. They focus on searching for the spiritual truth and have a finer sense of knowing what is true than any other souls level. Old souls all over the world share the experience of emptiness and a longing for that feeling of home.
When the inner pressure to fulfil their Karma and increase their spirituality grow, grows, OLD SOULS start actively remove the outer reasons for stress. They are torn between need to create a stable and calm environment and the need to go through important Karma before the end of the cycle. To fulfil one’s Karma; usually a visible presence in the planets affairs is needed. That is why it’s very common that Old souls switch from a calm life to a hectic one, between lives. Although, this can also be done during one single life. Because all the other busy and hectic lives the Old souls have spent they face problems. First of all they carry with them strong images and memories of stress. Second the Young soul societies they’re living in enforce the image that they still need to be busy and hectic. Third Old Souls are starting to get tired of all the disturbance and feel themselves to be lazy in the world of achievements. All this creates a grand stage for low self-esteem and it’s Karma. Old souls are starting to understand stress is inevitable, because they feel that as lazy they are inadequate. That measures their self-esteem to profitability. The truth is that Old souls don’t need to accept this illusion as part of their lifestyle anymore. Typical old souls doesn’t look for more than a way to retire, he can feel this even in his/hers youth. So, Old souls create stress to compensate the fact that they are old souls in this society. They believe stress will initiate a fire under them, which will make them ambitious and affective like everyone else in the society. Because there are social pressure of success and owning a big apartment and few cars… all that is less than that creates the emotion of failure. The ultimate desire to look inside and feel peace becomes victorious even with self-inflected stress.
You get something good(like getting an apartment), and then you get something bad(like bad news of an old relative). I know that is life, but don't they need at least a day or two between them news, not 30 minutes...
This close male relative of mine(who just got diagnosed with a braintumor) and I haven't had the easiest start, he almost disowned me when I didn't join the church at 7th grade. The first confession is what we call it. I already then knew I wasn't going to end up as a Lutheran. Luckily he soon realised what a sweetheart I was, and couldn't be mad at me. Though his former wife never forgave me. Hasn't even today.
It's funny how you can hate a person by a simple detail like 'what religion you are'. I don't and couldn't hate a person because she or he is Lutheran or Hindu or Christian, that just seems too odd for me. Maybe they think I don't believe. I do of course.
There is no one right religion for me, religion is a support building for your life, I don't care what colour it is, as long as it supports me. I have done a lot of thinking and reading concerning religion, and the more I read and the more I think, it starts to, step-by-step, make sense why people take religion so seriously.
I mean religion means safety at the end, and what would be more fearsome than losing safety that something gives you.
For example; You sit at home and you hear a raging thunderstorm, you think its good I'm inside between these four walls and not standing without a house on this field where a lightning is free to strike me. Or; You walk a street after midnight with you father or friend on your side, and you feel safe cos' you're not alone of the dark streets, where anyone might lurk behind the next corner.
That is what religion does too, it's a safety net, an outside yourself safety net. Who in this world would want a safety net that gives and falters? I didn't want one that gives at one point or at many points before this time, but when I came to know action-consequence, I changed my mind. I think its great having a safety net, but it cannot me too tight, or I'll lose something. I'll lose some lesson I have picked for myself. There isn't greater harm I could do for myself than deny what I want.
So maybe it's a good thing that you can observe religions, and stick with "the colour" that suits you and your needs best at the moment. For example, not many like wearing all red to a funeral or all black to a wedding. Changing colours is actually healthy for us. (And when I say change, I do not mean change daily, change yearly, change every 100 years. Sometimes you need, and want, to stick with your religion for good few lives, and there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you know deep inside "I want this" with a smile.)
I think the best advice I have been given concerning the ever changing life is this: "The only thing that will never change is Change itself. And even that is Change." Some things in life are predictable and some are not, it was our choice, and I myself wouldn't have it any other way.
I don’t think the origin of problems in the youth of our world is ADD or any other form of state. Still, it seems in the passing years children have become things you get when you’re a good person. You get kids cos’ you want to show others you have a good family, you are successful in life. You have it all in order. Including having a kid in the house. Cos’ let’s face it, everyone who is anyone has a job, husband and a kid(s).Is this right? To have children into a world where they seem to be commodity.
All this makes me sad... Why have children when you’re not ready. You shouldn’t gets kids cos’ you would like to have kids, or cos’ they fits your plans. You should get kids when you’re happy and you have found true love, you know it’s a life time commitment with your husband, and you know the child will grow up in your love.
The worst thing you can do to a child is to have him/her with any man… Child knows when he/she hasn’t spring from love; this will continue to dominate the child’s life. What hurts children the most is the home where she is in the state of irritation. Children after all live in their mother’s energy until they are 3 years of age. The three most crucial years… And if the child lives in the emotionally unstable energy, who can expect them to not suffer from it later. But if the child grows in the love of the two who had he/her… you can see your child grow strong.
If you are ready to have a child you must have a partner that you love more than anything else, knowing the child to come will feel that, the child must be waited and expected. The child can feel emotions when it still lives inside the mother… the child Must feel waited and welcomed. Knowing he/she has a secure home to come to where he/she needs not to worry and be afraid for his life and security. What kids really need is Safety, when they know they are safe, they can love without fear… And when you can love, your life cannot go wrong.
It’s up to us the next generation to have children to realize this, find our dreams and try to affect the wellbeing of the whole planet, whole mankind. We are not forced to have kids. Society may try, but we are not forced. All the better if we do not easily, causelessly, lovelessly have them, world is already over populated, keeping kids away from it (just to suffer) sounds good to me. I for one want to bring a new loving and caring, human generation to this world. One that will continue this tradition.
Who wouldn’t want a world, a better safer world, without hunger, wars, neglect and indifference?
6th of June, 2004, Niina C
Next: Religion For me.