Sunday, February 26, 2017

Coup de Foundre

The French literate probably associates "love at first sight" with the expression "coup de foudre", but I am referring more to the general meaning "thunderbolt" when I came up with the idea for this note. Has it ever happened to you that you just instinctively reacted to a situation at hand? Your body reacts and the words shoot out of your mouth, apparently carried by the energy of the situation, while your brain provides the explanations only micro-seconds later. As a matter of fact, sometimes the thunderbolt becomes so overwhelming that even the mind is silenced altogether. If you have ever been in a situation like that, it becomes pretty apparent that during this thunderbolt we have no conscious degree of freedom whatsoever.

When you truly reflect, every situation is a "thunderbolt" of sorts. It doesn't matter what I might have decided to do in advance, it doesn't matter what my agenda might have been; when two or more people come together an energy exchange decides on the outcome. If you happen to be a spiritual traveler, these moment of pure energy exchange will become more and more frequent. We only respond to energy, the voice in our head only helps us telling the story to ourselves and others in the aftermath, but it is not involved in the decision making.

True, there are some choices and some deliberation for us as well. Thoughts like, "No, you just didn't do that! Well, if that is what you do and say, here is how I respond to it!", while the guy in front of us digs a hole for himself. Or we think, "Come on now, you can jump over your shadow", while the sister talking to us soul-searches on what her next move will be. We spiritual traveler think as we interact with others just like everyone, but we don't fabricate those responses ahead of time. We also don't carry agendas around because we know that the WAY will rip it to pieces right in front of us. We let the story develop and then respond to the invite of the WAY. Nothing is ambiguous where SHE treats. Everything is just energy and we respond to it in the nick of time.

As a spiritual traveler you must have noticed that our degrees of freedom go up all the time. 'A "coup de foudre" of the past becomes a strong pull in the second iteration of the spiral, but only becomes a barely noticeable preference the third time around. After the thunderbolt passes, the energy and the karma of the situation is gone so to speak. A spiritual path is a disentangling from the necessity to act until one day - at work, at home, and with our family and friends - the reaction function is born from the necessity of the moment, and not from the history of prior actions, fears or urges.

Engage here and now and let the energy of the situation carry you HOME. As the agenda of the mind loses its drive, the "coup de foundre" is with HER every step of the WAY.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Veteran's Flower

You may know bout the tradition to hand out poppy flowers on Veterans Day. The story goes that on the bloody Belgian battle fields in the aftermath of World War I, poppy plants appeared, with the dark red color symbolizing the blood-shed, absorbed and recycled by Mother Earth.

Well, I used to feel like a soldier in my job as a financial strategist. Longing for the spiritual freedom of expression instead, I felt that I had stayed there just to pay the bills, and minded my lack of imagination to make it professionally as a spiritual coach and a writer. But then it occurred to me that my next career was still more an avocation than anything else, and that a handsome side-effect of my current job, I do hang out with people I like. There is also subconscious baggage my current job helps me throw over-board such as the desire for financial independence. Embarrassingly, there is also the desire to impress and I rather do that in a professional setting where this drive is out in the open rather than being subconsciously driven to become a fake guru.
So I leave it up to a higher authority to tell me when to move on to something bigger and brighter, and until then, I am happy to collect Veteran's poppy flowers every November.

2020 will be it for me if I don't receive the signal to exit from my current job pre-maturely. It can't get any better than having perfect vision, right? It would be 25 years with the same company. In numerology 25 adds to the number 7, a symbol for completion. I will be 55, still young enough in today's day and age to start it over again in a new field. I also would have picked up my 5th consecutive Veterans flower given that I started collecting my achievement trophies only after my 50th birthday as shown in the picture. Either way is fine with me. Let HER show me the WAY. Meanwhile I am happy to do my professional work in the day, and develop my avocation during my spare time; that is, working on my daily blog, writing my books, participating in spiritual communities and counseling the next generation. As much as I love the poppy images, I have upgraded myself from being a soldier to being a light-worker. Whatever I do and wherever I am, I work with HER and I am in it simply for the fun of it.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Quiet Mind

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance.
(Morgan Freeman)

I know a woman who has a scattered mind. On many occasions she drives herself crazy, but whenever the dudu hits the fan, so to speak, her fearless and loving heart shines through with so much power, poise and determination that the noisy mind is silenced and can do little but to move along.

I know a man who is so in love with the logic of his powerful mind that he gets taken in by its seductive arguments. Being in love with his mind, he does not realize that it overrides the heart when it matters the most.

The quiet mind understands. It does not worry. It does not waste time with scheming, anticipating or scenario analysis. It just responds to the heart-felt magic of the moment and faithfully and happily gets HER mission done.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Scarcity be Gone

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 25:14 -30)

I remember an investor making the case that aggressive investing is in fact a spiritual command. He quoted Jesus' parable implying that the capital at your disposal needed to be invested to get handsome returns. Well, his speech didn't go so well. Not because the audience disliked his premise that aggressive investing was cool, but rather because they didn't get the link between investing and spirituality.

The investor had a point though. Not that we should hunger for abundance and invest aggressively to get there, but rather that we should stand up to our fears. The servant dug his talents into the ground because he was afraid. Go out there, do something with GOD's talents. You are GOD's Co-Creator is Jesus' message to humanity.

Scarcity be gone! Lack of health, pills, professional fears that others are out to get us. It is these limiting beliefs we need to stand up to. GOD surrounds us with everything we ever aspire. Claim your heritage and realize that the timid voice in your head and the fear in your belly is not your SELF.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Paradox of Life

That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end, that is the joy born of a mind at peace with itself. Pleasure from the senses seem like nectar at first, but is bitter as poison in the end. (Bhagavad Gita)

Have you ever observed how our pleasure-seeking nature creates our own suffering? We don’t like the feeling of the cold winter so we stay indoors instead only to experience leg-, back- or neck-pain in the following months. And if we don't know our inner system very well, and don't have a healthy skepticism towards the recommendations of our modern medical profession, we may become their guinea pigs. They often prescribe us stuff that makes us feel better near-term but leaves us even worse off in the future.

We don’t like cooking so we eat fast food, take-out, or frozen items only to discover digestive ailments and different kinds of chronic diseases years later. If we don't understand our sensitive system well enough, if we don't realize the havoc preservatives, chemicals and all unnatural foods cause, we will be in the doctor’s office sooner or later. Unfortunately our modern medical profession has little knowledge of the fine-tuned ecological balance our body and soul requires, so they are more likely to treat the symptoms of our sickness and not the root-cause.

Flipping the argument around, what looks like pain in the beginning, like exercising, home-cooking, meditation, or launching a spiritual path, help us understand what truly is going on within. We can turn these exercises into a source of energy and inspiration. Follow this alternative path for a while and see how the positive feed-back mechanisms will always have a message in store, why do we feel down and how we can get better.

May we all have the insight, courage and staying power to reach that peace of mind the Bhagavad Gita talks about. Follow the WAY and cultivate the source of energy and joy of living!

By Christian and Su Zhen

A First-rate Madness

Nassir Ghaemi had a stroke of genius when he wrote his book, "A First-Rate Madness" in which he observed that many of the truly influential decision makers and artists had little quirks here or there. We are afraid of madness because the "rational brain" doesn't understand it. Well, we spiritual folks are perhaps more scared of the rational brain and don't mind a little madness as long as it happens in the spirit of love.

I have an understanding for madness because my father left me a "gift", a progeny towards bi-polar. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be classified as mentally unstable by our medical profession; some may call me moody at the worst. Yet, I know deep down inside what it means to be bi-polar. I experience the depth of depression for a few days, but still manage with my buddy coffee to keep going just fine. I also feel the height of ecstasy on a few sun-flooded days. As a matter of fact, it was on sparkling days like these when I discovered GOD's messengers for the first time.

I have found my ways to fit into the "sane" society we live in. On the emotional flow days, I am just a little theatrical to get my points across. On the days of emotional ebb, I keep to myself and get my more technical research done at work. The DAO lines me up perfectly with the flow of life. My emotional mood swings are perfectly synchronized with life's ups and downs; certainly with the lunar and celestial patterns; and on many occasions even with the weather.

Would you care to share your first-rate madness?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Recursive Solving

A spiritual transformation is really not so easy. The body has to absorb new energies that at times can hit you like a ton of bricks. We have to be in a good shape and frame of mind when that happens, and have to be embedded in a powerful support system of friends and Angels who carry us when the going gets tough.

I remember one transition period when I felt I couldn't handle the incoming energy any longer. It was also a timer when I felt that my eye sight was going so I had to cut out all social media for weeks to bring it back to balance. In retrospect, I realized that I was in top shape at that time; no impurities, the right diet, plenty of exercise and a support system that worked hard to keep me afloat. Had any of these conditions been out of place, I am not sure I would have made the transition.

Recursive solving means that you can relax in all the strive. Sure, you always give it your best, but sometimes your best is still not enough. It doesn't matter because you are being set up to succeed. The occasional stumble is part of the PLAN to coach you to reach the stage to deliver when it really matters. It is as if the SYSTEM starts with the day of your ascension and solves backwards all the conditions to get you to this point.

You are being coached as a prize fighter would from the best coach there is out there, life itself. So when you receive the messages to drop your old outdated ways please do it, your ascension process depends on it. Believe me, you don't want to miss the ride of your life time.