one book got into my hands long time ago by accident but believing there are none in life i started reading it greedily as i could not stop.
a Spiritual Economics Book on $$$ and Remembering Who You Are by Mary Elizabeth Croft.
Could I follow Mary's advice? not exactly. sometimes it takes years to get out of the rat race. but i am glad i am free now and i help my friends with valuable advises and loving hands. i get favoours, friendship and money from them as an exchange of favours. on this money i can buy food and things that i like in life; i can also buy things that i know people i love will enjoy too. i chose to do what i really like in life... i could feel the book was giving me so much power the others sitting on the train with me did not have. i wanted to share with the but i did not know how.
let's have a look what Mary Crofts says on that. money and what you love doing. Mary's article is very long - I am publishing limited extracts only. the book starts funny: "When I was twenty I worked for a bank. After six weeks I told the teller next to me that I figured out how to rob the bank and I described to her my methods. I’d tell you but I don’t recall and besides it would no longer be true due to EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) banking. I thought she would be excited but instead she was clearly horrified and the next day I was given notice to leave. My father always told me, “Get yourself with a good company”. This, coming from a man whose ‘good company’ had him working nights when he was 59, fueled my position that we are meant to do what we love to do ... and nothing else..." go on reading as it will open your eyes on lots of things in life you never thought existed.
"If you want to make someone angry, tell him a lie; if you want to make him furious, tell him the truth. So, at the risk of infuriating you, isn’t it strange to think that all these years you have been working for what you wanted and unbeknownst to you, everything you ever purchased from every corporation was already paid for. All you had to do was go and claim it, sign for it, and take it home; and this includes your home – it too was prepaid. You never had to work a day in your life to ‘pay for’ anything. All these years you could have been playing and doing what you love to do. We were conned into getting a good education so we could get a good job; all based upon the presumption that this is what we wanted. Would you work as hard as you do if you knew that nothing, which you think you own, belongs to you? If you really want to hate what you love to do ... do it for ‘money’; it won’t take long. – Nicholas Grachanin..."
"So, we must begin to work for each other. I must do for you what I know best to do – my talent bestowed upon me by my Creator – what I love to do. Isn’t this what I ought to be doing? Will you do for another what you love to do? Will this feel like ‘work’? No. Will your friend do for me what I want done and yet am not particularly good at doing? Will he be happy to do this for me? You bet. Are we not our happiest when we serve ourselves through serving others? If indeed ‘we are all one’, won’t I see that doing for another living soul is the same as serving me? Whom are we charging and how much and for what? Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me"
"We must take back our lives and do what we want to do before we will be forced to do what corporate entities want us to do and for less than we’re getting now. We must put our commercial affairs in order. We must get OUT of the Commerce Game and get used to the idea of ‘service’. As an interim part of getting there, for those of us who can’t make the leap, we can and are doing ‘exchanges’. We can exchange’ time, our talent, our labour, or some other commodity upon which we agree. This is commonly known as ‘barter’ and yet, it still involves accounting of which we will ultimately have to let go – rather like going from alcohol to candy – eventually, we have to clear the anxiety which is behind the addiction since it is ‘fear’ which keeps us chasing $$$. We will have arrived when we can admit, ‘I do for you what I do and you do for me what you do’. That’s it – just the joy of doing what we know we were meant to do. Since I have been doing what I want to do I have never been happier and I have received more, in ways I could never have anticipated, than I ever have. Even this book is free for the asking..."
"My analogy is that the Commerce Game is tantamount to the Nightmare; not so ruthless is Barter/ Exchange; this will transform the nightmare into a pleasant dream. Yet, pleasant or not, a dream means we are still asleep. So barter/ exchange/ pleasant dream still means we haven’t made the quantum leap to service and doing what we love to do which is tantamount to Waking UP! I wonder if we can skip the interim step..."
"We have all experienced the feelings of importance, gratitude, love, and also relief when someone gives us a break on cost. Is it possible for us to expand our circle of friends and family to include “Any friend of yours is a friend of mine”? It is said that we are only 6 people away from anyone on the planet. I think that we are all so connected at a particular level of consciousness that somehow we all realize that anyone, even from a completely different culture, religion, country, race, IS “my self”. If we were all family, we would feel no compunction about doing what we do and charging nothing. Well, we are all family – why are we charging for what we do? Is it because too many of us are doing what we 75..."
"People tell me that they are paying for information obtained by one who has put in hours of research. But didn’t he do this research because he wanted to? Why are we paying for something that someone did because he wanted to do it? I have no problem paying someone for doing what they don’t want to spend their time doing but not for something they did out of love..."
that's what surprises me: why do we charge money for something we LOVE DOING? or don't we love it? do we just pretend? when i do something for someone i do not expect anything in return. but rather get surprised when i get something back - something made with your own hands (even a hand-written letter), something made with love and care and no money mentioning FOR ONCE!
"So, what about ‘paying the rent’? My guess is the answer to this lies in trust and faith. If we are indeed doing what we love to do we find ourselves vibrating at a very high level at which we manage to attract not only what we require but also what we desire. Many books, e.g.: Lynn Grabhorn’s Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, reference this and so I shan’t elucidate. One who so appreciates what we do might want to show his appreciation and ask how he can do this. A good response might be, “Well ... the rent is due...” I figure for all those who are still believing that they lose when someone else wins, doing what we love to do will set us at such a high vibrational level that we will automatically attract those who have nothing better to do than to hand over to you that which you need since contractually it would seem to them that you have already done the same. After years of having understood intellectually, I finally ‘got it’: if I go into anything with a sense of what I might lose, whether $$$, time, compensation, or energy, I am not doing what I love to do and hence, it simply won’t work for me. When we do precisely what we want to do, for the sole purpose of pleasing ourselves, it is a win/ win for all involved – objectivism vs. collectivism..."
"The only way out of this mess is either to remove ourselves from the Commerce Game – completely – so that we are no longer dependent upon banksters or to learn how to win. Their sole agenda is to control and destroy us. Compensation which involves the banks is hazardous; we can create for ourselves all that is way bigger and better – love and light, peace and joy, compassion and forgiveness – that which we were meant to Be, Do, and Have. By remembering who we are we will learn to do what we love to do and serve ourselves by serving others, thereby leaving the banksters completely out of our new way of life..."
"Many people still want to remain under the 'protection' of the banks and have been programmed to believe that removing themselves from that is folly when, of course, the opposite is true. The only freedom is getting out from under their control. Initially, we can do this whilst still using their currency. Once we quit falling for their ‘fear for our survival’ programming, we will feel free to exchange only our time and talents with one another and quit using all ‘payment’ systems. Finally, we will feel safe enough and loving enough simply to do what we love to do and find a way to serve our fellows whilst doing so. When we can give our time and talents from knowing that we are all one, only then will our belief in ‘separation’ disappear. We are on our way. This program is only the first step to our freedom. Those who express concern over the possibility of not ‘getting’ seem not to do well; those who are excited about 'giving' for the ultimate purpose of assisting each other in escaping our self-imposed slavery seem to do well in this activity. It will reveal to you precisely from what position you operate your entire life. If you are not doing what excites you, you are not doing what you were meant to be doing. Remember, if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space..."
i could see way too many of us are failing, wasting our lives and feeling unhappy because we did not like what we do... and this: lots of us who succeeded in life chose to do what we loved doing and what made us complete. my life is too short to afford wasting it on something that I do not really like.
there is one more thing: when you start doing what you REALLY LIKE AND LOVE doing the wealth will come to you automatically. why? think about it! its passion that attracts abundance. in some sources they call it: finding YOUR WAY. if you are happy with what you have and do - you already found your way! there is nothing to gain and nothing to achieve - just enjoy your life and its fruit...
BRAHMA KUMARIS RAJA YOGA MEDITATION NEW
your late evening/before-going -to-bed meditation - from Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Retreat Frankston... was sent to me today by a friend which reminded me that one day we would all probably need to go there for a weekend to have a good rest, meditate and rejuvenate - have not been there with a group for the last 9 years! BK link: http://www.bkpeninsula.org.au/
9 Ways to Spot a Fake Guru
if you have chosen to learn something new on your spiritual path and you believe you need guidance, choose spiritual teacher wisely.
My main criteria would be: no money involved in exchange of information given/taken (it's a both way process), no self-praising or ego-related topics, no fake promises that would attach you to the teacher, no group followers of any kind, no ideology (rules): real teacher usually has one or two students, flexibility and understanding, forgiveness, kindness beyond human ideals, openness, no judgement of any kind - you can basically see the light coming from such people. have I met someone like this? Yes, may be people who were very close to such definition, yes...there are no angels , but yes I have met such teachers. You feel at home next to them...
The old paradigm of life-controlling and mind-manipulating belief systems has left many to finally realize they have been living in an artificial reality created by egotistical people on power trips. This has led to a situation where many are wandering, trying to find their own way in a world without many true leaders, and as a result of this, a new market has developed which attempts to showcase answers to those people who have become disillusioned with the old dogmatic systems.
However, there are quite a few (an understatement) in this new domain of contemporary spiritual guidance that are taking outright advantage of people and creating circumstances that vary very little from the old paradigm; they simply polished it and gave the illusion that it’s something else.
There’s an influx of ‘enlightened masters of the universe’ pervading the spiritual sphere these days. Gurus and spiritual teachers are popping up left and right. Many of them seem to provide an easy way out of the voids many people feel they have within their lives, and as a result these gurus and teachers make a ridiculously massive amount of money… even earning social ranks akin to being glamorous superstars.
Yes, it seems there are those within the spiritual arena who are looking at the qualitative aspects of self-growth and seeing a marvellous money-making opportunity or a way to have incredible power over others; a pyramid scheme is sometimes then created and established.
This is very dangerous in that it can negatively affect the perception of legitimacy on the entire spiritual community and all that it encompasses. As a result, genuine spiritual teachers and self-growth coaches are often disregarded as being ‘false gurus’ giving out spiritual-sounding nonsense that lacks substance and is unhelpful for a person’s spiritual growth.
Being aware that there are such enlightenment pyramid schemes can help us steer away from the false gurus and find the genuine teachers that truly wish to help people and the global consciousness of humanity. It is admittedly difficult at times to see through the spiritual façade that some create as a front to hide their true nature and intentions, even moreso with teachers who were once very enlightening but the money and the fame got the best of them.
Having others do the work for us, such as various guru rating services that exist today, is dangerous as well since we are putting our faith in a complete stranger to pick out “authentic” and genuine spiritual teachers. Obviously there can be plenty of deception, subjective bias, and decisions made without those raters being fully informed about a particular person who stands in line for the golden star of approval.
Identifying False Gurus and Spiritual Teachers
1. Charging Large Amounts of Money
Actions speak infinitely louder than words. Anyone can proclaim magnificent and wonderful things. But do these words live up to how the person lives and expresses themselves in his or her daily lives?
Perhaps the biggest problem that I have found is the issue of money. I have seen self-appointed gurus, spiritual teachers, and whatever other title they go under charging unbelievably large amounts of money for information, knowledge, or so-called ‘higher wisdom’ that is available to everyone — by looking to sages who charge little or nothing, and also by looking within for the answers via meditation and other self-induced spiritual practices.
I have also seen several money embezzlement cases. If you’re paying someone $295 for a spiritual ’12 strand DNA activation’ then you’ve probably just been conned.
2. Giving Themselves Fancy Titles
While on the subject of empty words, when looking to a potential spiritual teacher for guidance, notice if that individual proclaims such magnificent titles referring to themselves as being enlightened masters, self-realized yogis, or being a saint – one of the ultimate delusions of grandeur following the narcissistic Christ Complex. An enlightened person finds no need for ego masturbation.
Those who have experienced the Ultimate/Absolute Reality don’t continuously boast about how they have achieved enlightenment and are better than others. They are in fact, quite humble, perhaps sometimes too humble, but humble they are.
They understand that there is no benefit to themselves or their students to make such declarations based on the realizations they’ve had about Reality. There is no need to establish a hierarchical framework within teachers and students work as we are all passengers on the same train, separated only slightly in that we sometimes sit in different train cars. We are all going the same direction, ultimately.
3. Inability to Take Criticism
Another sign of a con-man in guru’s clothing is whether the person is able to take criticism or not. Those who are not genuine spiritual teachers will get offended and defensive over criticisms made towards them instead of looking inward and taking into consideration what those criticisms are. How dare an unenlightened mortal criticize them!
Nobody is perfect, after all. But I have even seen the sad situation of lawsuits being made by these so-called enlightened masters against people who had the ‘nerve’ to point out something they feel was incorrect, deceptive, harmful, etc.
4. Overly Focused on the End Goal
If you notice a spiritual teacher or guru having an almost-bizarre love affair with enlightenment this and enlightenment that, be cautious. Many of these enlightenment gurus focus on enlightenment itself instead of actually teaching others how exactly to attain that state. They do not teach about all the baby-steps leading up to the enlightening of one’s awareness in the most authentic of ways. Even the revered Buddha did not reach enlightenment overnight. Unless a spiritual teacher shows you a realistic way to reach enlightenment, such as through a particular meditation or awareness expanding technique, then you will be better off without their help… and you will keep your hard-earned money as well.
5. Behaving Hypocritically
Beware of hypocrites! This is perhaps one of the simplest methods of weeding out spiritual “snake-oil salesmen”. Look if they practice what they preach. If they teach about how you should meditate daily to promote your spiritual growth, do they meditate daily? Are they leading by example? When they talk about radiating love and light and all that is beautiful, are they doing so themselves? Nobody likes a hypocrite, especially if that hypocrite is promising spiritual enlightenment.
6. Focusing on Fulfilling Egocentric Desires
One especially important aspect of a guru or spiritual teacher that we should look into is their investment in the material aspects of life. Are they displaying behavior that is indicative of being a neophyte on the spiritual path? Do they overly focus on money, sex, and power? A dynamic Taostistic-like balance is a necessity for a balanced life, but when dependence and abuse of the material starts to emerge and creep into the mind then there is a problem.
7. Displaying Spiritual Materialism
Spiritual materialism is something that’s especially become more of an issue in recent years and is worth becoming more aware about for anyone on the path to self-realization and enlightenment. In Psychology Today, Michael J. Formica defines: “Spiritual materialism is that process by which the ego grasps at the accomplishments and progress of the self upon the spiritual path; an act by which its very nature denies the Self.”
The increased focus on spiritual materialism is problematic. All the courses, teachings, books, and workshops that focus on using the Law of Attraction to bring us riches and worldly abundance hold materialist desires at their core, and do not reflect actual spiritual growth messages.
Although spiritual growth and self-actualization can lead to ‘like attracting like’, because of the immense positivity we project outward, attracting riches is not the purpose of attaining these mind states. These messages that use the dynamics of attraction are not bad in and of themselves, but when they are misrepresented as being a path towards higher spirituality, then that is when we should be cautious of proceeding further. Do not become lost in the illusion that faux spirituality creates.
8. Behaving Selfishly
Selflessness should be the dominant quality in the spiritually-advanced soul, not selfishness. Spirituality has no place for superstars and glamour. It is not the spiritual teacher themselves that should be the focus, but rather the spiritual messages and teachings. How can we attain our own Self-realization if our position of awareness is focused externally on the teacher, rather than internally on the Self?
9. Promising a Fast Path to Self-Realization
There is nothing directly bad with spiritual workshops themselves, but when you see a spiritual teacher giving a spiritual course that’s several hundred or thousand dollars and lasts several days or even weeks do not expect to reach enlightenment just by completing such a workshop. Yes, we all live busy lives and feel as if we do not have enough time to dedicate towards our spiritual growth, but let’s be realistic: it is highly unlikely you will become self-realized in 3 weeks.
The processes of spiritual growth, self-actualization, self-realization, and enlightenment can take years or an entire lifetime – some even say multiple lifetimes. It’s said that there is only one person in recorded history that attained enlightenment in one lifetime (Milerapa) and the way he attained the enlightened state was highly unorthodox, to put it lightly. We would all like to believe that there is a fast lane to these things, but this is not the case. Of course, there are always exceptions and some reach the mountain’s summit faster than others. But as a whole, it is a process that includes much dedication and time.
In closing…These are several ways in which you can spot a false guru, spiritual teacher, or other peddler of faux spirituality. In this day and age where there are thousands of so-called gurus, we have to be careful who we choose to listen, to because if we make the mistake of following someone who is ego-centered in their true intentions, then we will lose time, money, and opportunity costs (among other things).
It is my hope that this article can help others discern between the genuine teacher that wishes nothing more than to help others become self-realized and experience spiritual bliss, and those who proclaim they will do these things for you but in reality are just emptying your bank account. Be mindful of who you decide to listen to, and you will be thankful you spent some time to discern between those who are looking out for others and those who are looking out for themselves.
CARLOS & DON JUAN
if you feel broken in pieces, have a bad night sleep lately or you are low on energy on all levels: physical, spiritual and emotional, then Carlos Castaneda passes will get you in place in 70 short but intense min.
I started doing the moves again to balance my energy filed and start thinking sharp also - and they work miracles: i do not remember of course all two volumes with 21 passes by heart by the videos help and my body still remembers them after a 4 months break... i have them all published on our website last year as you may recall but this link might be quicker to reach for you: - if someone will learn volume 3 i want to know how to do it too move by move - my head does not work with it - i tried no luck!!!... Alex refused to function too after he had seen the first pass (vol 3) - seems bloody complicated to both of us... and we are young and innocent... yes.
And I say to you: When someone leaves, someone remains. The point through which a man passed is no longer empty. The only place that is empty, with human solitude, is that through which no man has passed. —César Vallejo
i wonder where is such point... as you pass it with your thought, right? if you can then you already did... have good night...
YOUR TRUE SELF AND HAPPINESS
i am off to my beauty sleep... my little prayer for tonight: it is hard to make everyone happy - almost impossible task and we all tried it and we all failed ... what's recommended...? i asked the self and the reply was: the happiest person should be YOU: and YOU are happy when by acting and you feel the highest feeling - LOVE in your heart, when your thoughts are balanced and pure and your intentions are innocent - there is JOY in your mind, when your words are pronounced - the lips must say the TRUTH. these are your most happiest moments - so they will be the happiest moments for everyone around you... We are far from perfection... a little effort helps, it shapes and changes us in the god's image and god is YOU and you are a small particle of Her/Him. let's shape ourselves how we love to see and create GOD. With Love, Natasha :) photo of alex vanzetti:
There is a tribe that lives in Africa, where child's date of birth is not its date of seeing the light of the world for the first time, nor it is the date of its conceiving but the date when his mother decides to have this child.
When the woman decides to conceive a child she leaves her village, goes and sits under a lonely tree and listens to silence till she does hear the song of her child that wants to enter this world.
When she hears the song she goes to the man who will be her child's father father and she teaches him this song. Then when they make love to conceive the child, they sing this song calling the child.
When the woman gets pregnant she teaches old women to sing this song, they will be the village women who will help her to give birth. When the child is born the old women sing this song welcoming the child.
While the child grows the rest of the villagers learn this song. If the child falls down and hurts himself someone picks him up and sings him his song.
When the child creates kindness and light and when the initiation takes place, the villagers sing this song to honour him. If the child creates darkness which is not accepted by the tribe, when he breaks the tribe's social laws, he is placed in the centre of the village and people surround him and sing the same song to him.
The tribe believes that correcting such dark behaviour should be done not in the form of punishment but in a form of love and respect only.
When you know your song there is no intention to create darkness that upsets the others. Such ceremony follows the person through all his life.
Married people sing each other's songs. When it is the time for the person to step into the other world, the villagers sing it the last time.
You might not belong to this tribe but life shows you when you are in harmony with yourself and when – not. When you feel good, it's your song. when you feel down – it's not your song.
At the end everyone knows their songs and they sing it well. If your voice is trembling now it's ok, as even the best of the best singers have it happen sometimes...
Продолжите пение - найдете свою дорогу. Continue singing and find your own path...
Drink where your horse drinks. Horses always drink clean waters Make your bed where your cat sleeps Eat the fruit that was touched by a worm Feel free to pick up mushrooms that have small flies sit on them Plant a tree where mole digs holes in the ground Build a house where snake takes a sunbath Dig out a well where birds nest together on a hot day Wake up and get up the same time with hens so you will catch the 'golden grain' of the day (I suppose 4am to 8pm) Eat green coloured food so you will have strong legs and full of stamina and long lasting heart - just like a beast Swim often in open waters. Then on the ground you will feel like fish in water Look more often to the sky and not under your feet so your thoughts are clear and light Keep silent more than you speak so the harmony will rest in your soul and your spirit will be peaceful and calm…