"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
How can we experience another dimension other than the physical one in which we live?
It is possible to experience other dimensions through deep silence or during sleep. It’s in the depth of silence that a large part of our attention, if not all of it, is focused beyond our everyday perceptions. It is therefore possible to perceive another reality behind the world of appearances. In fact, this is the basis of meditation; through silence of the mind, we are able to transcend into other dimensions. ~Alex Mero
In your novel, there is reverence of a relationship between spiritual partners. Can you describe what constitutes a wholesome and healthy relationship between a man and a woman?
In order for there to be a spiritual relationship, there must be a solid base of love already present between the two partners. Each individual must have the ability for intimacy with himself, and harmony between his inner duality. The couple can than experience a loving life together without need of exerting power over the other, and certainly, above all else, without waiting for the other to fulfill the love in their stead. This relationship than becomes one of healing; a choice to face, head on, one’s pain and emotional wounds, to than elevate and rise above them; to purify oneself.We cannot truly love another without first recognizing one’s own source of suffering. Once this stage is passed, love naturally unfolds through the divine source and enables unconditional love; a love that completely unites the two partners, in all its grandeur and beauty, regardless of the weight and shadows that covered it beforehand. ~Alex Mero
“What do they talk about with you?” Nathan asked.
“All kinds of problems, but usually they are all centered on the same subject. Many people imagined their romantic relationships differently. They often believed they had found real love with their partners, but with time, they became totally disillusioned.” Catalina answered.
“When do we know if it’s real love?” Nathan asked curiously.
“It’s simple; love is not real if it changes when the circumstances change!” She stated.
“In a relationship, doesn’t love and suffering sometimes go hand in hand?” Nathan asked.
“Suffering comes about when a relationship is based on need, when subconsciously, one partner wants to possess or dominate the other. What sustained that relationship in the beginning was the need for love that brought about that relationship in the first place, and then it became a habit, and often, it ends in solitude.” She explained.
“Why do some relationships seem so promising in the beginning?”
“In the beginning, feelings of love are subconsciously projected on the person we meet.” Catalina stated.
“In that case, does it mean that those feelings of love were not sincere?” Nathan asked.
“Love is always present within each of us. We don’t need someone else to experience it.”
“Are you saying that we don’t need anyone else to feel love?” Nathan asked.
“No, we don’t need to search for it, and definitely, we should not want to dominate another. Many people erroneously imagine that they can find the love they want in someone else, but no one can give us what we already have.” Catalina stated.
“What does a loving relationship mean to you, Catalina?”
Catalina took her time to properly formulate her answer. Finally, she said: “Loving is taking the time to truly be interested in one another, to be with one another, but especially to find peace with one another.”
“Then I believe I have a loving relationship with Sophie.” Nathan said.
“We have a loving relationship with everyone, Nathan. What renders your relationship with Sophie particular is the intimacy you share together.” She stated.
“What is the most important thing about a relationship?” Nathan asked.
“To always dare to recognize the truth of the moment.” Catalina replied.
“The truth of the moment?” Nathan asked curiously.
“It’s what we learn by giving the other the possibility of expressing himself or herself, whether it’s disapproval, admiration, anger or joy.”
How much richer relationships are when the two parties feel complete within themselves, when they realize that Love has always been within, and then they embark on a relationship as a “sharing” of such Love rather then searching for it in the other… If you have the impression that Love is on the outside and you need to find it in another person to feel “complete”, then you’ll always be disillusioned.
Is intuitive perception and for what purpose do we experience it?
Intuitive perception –an inner sense or “feeling”- comes to us before our minds have the chance to name or interpret what we are seeing or hearing. It’s a perception that is outside the flow of our ordinary and conditioned thoughts, in a state where the ego does not intervene, and which permits an inner connection with an intelligence that transcends ours. Intuitive perception gives us insights into our personal destiny. The particularity of intuitive perception is that it comes to us effortlessly and without intellectual exercise.
In our sleep and in other circumstances, when we feel ourselves leaving our body and going somewhere else, who/what is doing the travelling?
We all have the awareness that despite being in a body and identifying ourselves with it, we are something else in reality. It’s an “awareness” that is capable of separating from the body, and observing, without need of the physical organs or senses. This “awareness” has the ability of going beyond the body, which is limited to a three dimensional low vibrational field, and accessing other dimensions which resonate higher vibrations and are therefore non-physical. In other words, there is an “energy” part of us that is higher vibrational then the physical part of us, and even the mind part, and can access higher vibrational fields or dimensions, or travel within the physical realm but as that “separate” energy.
“We’ve met so many doctors from abroad that have come to work here,” Nathan said, “And each time I ask myself what made them leave their comfortable lives to come work in the most appalling conditions.”
“Very often, they want to test their knowledge and put it to better use. In return, they develop their ability for empathy.” Songo answered.
“Aren’t modern doctors capable of compassion?” Nathan asked.
“A great number of those who study medicine know perfectly well what they think but not what they feel!” Songo stated.
“What are they missing?”
“They are missing the realization that healing someone helps expand their consciousness.” Songo replied.
“But how?” Nathan asked.
Songo was quiet for a moment, to give strength and conviction to his next words: “Healing others helps them get closer to their essence. We can even say that in certain cases, it can help someone remember who he is…”
“By that, do you mean that we help them find their true destiny?”
Songo looked at Nathan with admiration and was silent again. He was impressed with Nathan’s ability to make the right connections.
“You couldn’t have said it better.” Songo said.
Modern medicine focuses on the body, specifically on the area of the body that is ill, and often misses the whole picture. Everything is connected, and everything is energy. A disequilibrium in one area will affect the other. A disquieted mind will prevent a physical healing. Healing the body, but not healing within, is only temporary “healing”. True healing takes place within and then without. In fact, in many cases of illness, the focus should be on the inside first. Furthermore, when you’re healthy within, chances are you take better care of the outside, the body. What makes these doctors who volunteer to work in debilitated places gain empathy, and therefore, maybe become better “equipped” to heal? Maybe because they become less dependent on traditional medicine due to lack of resources and material, and “listen” more to the patients, to the root cause of their illness? Just a thought…
It’s touching and wonderful how you write about people with disabilities. Why are people born with disabilities?
Everyone is born with a form, and knows then, by definition, physical and mental limitations. The perception of these limitations is individual and depends on the way each person experiences them. In general we can say that the will to surpass these limitations allows us to develop our consciousness. Certain limitations can be overcome physically, and others not, but all limitations can be overcome within oneself; not by fighting them, but by accepting them. When we accept all our limitations, something unique emerges; something which had it been conceived differently, would never have come to be.
Before Nathan realized it, Simon got up and intercepted the waiter, held his wrists and, looking him in the eye, spoke to him in German:
“It’s always the first person to get angry that is in the wrong.”
The waiter, a little surprised, answered:
“That’s easily said. But do you know what it’s like to always be confronted with such prejudice?”
“It’s precisely in those moments that you must never forget your uniqueness. In this way, you’ll find the strength to remain in control.” Simon paused for a moment and then said:
“Consider this incident as an occasion to never feel hurt by those types of remarks.”
“What do you mean?” the waiter asked.
“For you to realize that the real question is who has control over your feelings! Is it you or is it others?” Simon answered.
“Should I let myself be insulted without reacting?”
“A noble person does not insult others, and therefore any person who utters insults should not be given any more importance then they merit. If you realize this, you’ll never feel insulted again!” Simon affirmed.
Again there was another silence. The waiter thought for a moment about Simon’s words and then became calm.
“Remember this lesson,” continued Simon “If you’ve learned from this lesson, then the pain you have felt up until now will take on a new meaning and you’ll be able to liberate yourself from it.”
How we react emotionally to situations and other people is our choice. No one has control over our feelings but we ourselves. Realizing that negativity from others has nothing to do with ourselves, but very much to do with the others who express it, is in fact liberating.
“Pain is indeed indispensable to our personal development because it teaches us to make a distinction between our feelings.”
“So we are obliged to suffer?” Nathan asked.
“You talked about pain and not suffering…” Songo said.
Nathan was surprised with this statement.
“Are they not the same?”
“Pain is a guide that indicates a lack of harmony and balance, in search of healing.” Songo replied.
“What is suffering than?” Nathan asked.
“Suffering is a conscious state caused by the emotional need to avoid pain. If we truly understood the nature of pain, suffering would not exist.” Songo explained.
What many people call pain, is really an emotional state called suffering. Pain is physical, a neurological response, caused by trauma or a disequilibrium in the body’s natural state. Suffering is an emotion, and it could be in response to pain or to many other things in life. Suffering is actually a choice. There are many people who live with physical pain all their lives because nothing has been found to correct the cause of the pain, but they don’t necessarily suffer. Their attitude and will power makes the difference. They are aware of the pain, but they’re determined to live full lives and not be consumed by the pain, and in this way, there is little or no suffering. There are those that have no physical pain but claim to have pain over life events, but this is self-inflicted suffering. There also those who do manifest physical pain as a result of emotional or mental suffering, such as in extreme stress or depression. It is important to understand the difference because one is a choice, although usually subconscious, and the other indicates a need to correct an unbalance in the body.
“How did you learn all this?” He asked Songo.
“Partly by old traditions and partly by experience,” He answered, “I believe in the power of nature and I always try to ensure its harmony.”
“What do you mean by that?” Nathan enquired.
“You will learn by observing me. You only have to see how I treat people to understand how conscious I am of nature.” Songo said.
“What do you mean by being conscious of nature?” Nathan continued.
Songo perceived Nathan’s great interest in the subject. He sat down in the same position as Nathan and mimicked the same hand gestures as the latter while he answered:
“I understand that there exists an infinitely greater power than appears possible to many of us. For that reason, we sometimes call it supernatural. But I, on the other hand, consider it a natural harmony which is accessible to each individual.”
“Many people with a modern concept of life are skeptical about what you call natural harmony, “ Nathan said, “and they see the world more in terms of great chaos.”
“Those people often have a less conscious relationship with nature and they distance themselves from its perfect harmony. They develop a blind faith in technology and have the tendency to believe that in this way they have better control of the future.” Songo answered.
All answers lie in nature… Our ancestor’s knew this. Much have we lost with time and with what we believe to be “advances” in science and technology. If you want to use common sense, then sensibly speaking, wouldn’t we be put here with all the resources necessary to sustain us? Sure, there is much learning to do as to what is useful and for what reasons, but then isn’t that the point of life here? To learn? All answers really DO lie in nature, with its perfect harmony… If only we would stop destroying what is natural and start listening and finding the answers there…