Silence

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” Confucius

When your mind is truly silent, you are left with only your senses through which to perceive life. You are once again a small child, connected to your body and “thinking” with all and every one of your trillions of cells, rather than just those found in the grey matter between your ears.

This is not a forced, deliberate silence, but a silence that comes from just letting go. That is, seeing the stupidity and harm of wayward thinking and deliberately negating it all.

It’s a place void of the desire, demand and conflict that represents our habitual thinking and that energises more of the same. You are responding to life, rather than reacting.

There is no need or want, but a curiosity and wonder about what is and a healthy sensitivity towards your body’s needs. There is a physical aliveness and a sense that this is what is real; this is reality as it is, unadulterated.

This is truly the end of suffering and demonstrates with crystal clarity that uncontrolled thinking is the source of all our woes. The sense of freedom and peace that flows over you is incomparable.

Don’t think twice, or even once! See random thought for what it is and see clearly the suffering it creates. Know this is so and, therefore, determine to drop it completely. To simply refuse to give it any attention or energy. Silence will be the consequence, rather than the goal. Now enjoy…

INPSIRATION…

“My Mind is like a bad neighbourhood, I don’t like to go there alone!” Anne Lamott

Consciousness

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” Zig Ziglar

Consciousness, or awareness, is the key to everything. The more conscious, or aware, you are, then the closer you are to living life as it actually is, so take Zig Ziglar’s advice and re-read this blogĀ ad infinitum.

So, thereĀ“s a lot of literature and talk about living “consciously” with every breath and every step…but what does that mean exactly and, more importantly, can we know when we are being conscious?

I once did a group activity where 3 from the group were previously selected to observe the rest of us performing a task. As I naturally tend to take the lead in group activities I soon found myself leading the task at hand and, at least to my own reckoning, doing a good job at organising and delegating.

Low and behold at the end of the activity I was blasted on various points that the observers noted – all of which landed like a wet sock striking my face. My ego was hurt but on reflection I could not argue with objective observation and had to accept the critiques.

Needless to say, assuming I am not an exception to the rule, we are not who we think we are and we do not act how we think we act, at least most of the time. Depending on the situation we are more or less blinded by our prejudices and beliefs and interpret events through these filters, incapable of just seeing the world for what it is in that moment.

Being truly conscious means being able to “see” beyond these filters and simply take each and every moment of life for what it is in that very moment. Easier said than done! Still, the path begins once you understand this truth and determine to act according to it. It cannot be forced or programmed, only determined with absolute clarity and commitment. The seeing and commitment will bring about a natural change in awareness, as long as you relax and have faith that the change will happen.

As with all psychological challenges, you cannot ask the problem to solve itself so you are left “simply” with understanding, clarity and commitment. Yes, you can!

“What is necessary to change a person is to change their awareness of themselves.” Abraham Maslow

INSPIRATION

Great Books – The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

This hmaster-key-systemas to be one of my all-time favourite books. Charles F. Haanel was an American businessman who lived from the late 19th Century through to the mid 20th. His great personal success in life led him to study and identify the keys to a boundless and happy life.

The book is jam-packed full of enlightening content, not onlyexplaining to the reader the truths about how our minds and the universe interact to create our lives, but also a methodology for aligning ourselves with the laws of the universe in order to purposefully manifest.

The “Master Key System” refers to a series of exercises aimed at giving you greater awareness of yourself and the world around you and to hone the vital skills of attention and visualisation needed to direct and create your life.

Mr Haanel first stresses that you, and only you, are responsible for the quality of your life. Youget what you give, in the sense of the thoughts and images generated constantly in your mind. It is up to you to realise and accept that controlling your thoughts, feelings and images is the key to creating a life exactly as you would like it.

Alternatively you are subject to the same “luck” you have had all along based on your habitual lines of thought, feelings and actions.

To take control of your thoughts and feelings IS possible but requires willingness, persistence and determination through the application of specific exercises. The more control you gain over your body and mind, the more you will be able to purposefully direct your life.

Fundamentally you take the time out necessary each day to practice this mastery. It requires astate of peace and relaxation always. Once relaxed, your work is to firstly banish all unwanted thoughts, feelings and images and then idealise and visualise those things you want in your life.

Practice, effort and persistence based on these guidelines will allow you to grow stronger and gradually take more control of your life, directing it instead of being directed.

This is a truly inspiring book, written from someone who lived and breathed every word written in it. What better example can you ask for?

“Our future is entirely within our own control. It is not at the mercy of any capricious or uncertain external power.” Charles F Haanel

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The Master Key System