“According to you, what is free will?” Nathan asked him. Pablo answered in a wise tone, which Nathan instantly recognized as a reflective one coming from a place of deep knowledge. “Very often, we have the impression of making choices freely, but in reality, we are mostly trying to respond to the expectations of the milieu we are in.” “Do you think we are fooling ourselves in thinking we are choosing freely?” Nathan asked. “Choices that are truly free can only come from deep within.” Pablo answered. “How do we recognize them?” Nathan continued fascinated by what he was learning. “By learning anew how to feel… by opening ourselves fully to our deepest inner desires.” Pablo responded.
“Tell him to arm himself with patience!” Samir translated his words to Nathan: “He said you need to be patient.” “With whom, and in regards to what?” answered Nathan confused. “Be patient with all our ignorance!” added the elderly man. Simon and the other two companions were already gone from view and Samir, distrusting this situation, proposed to Nathan they go to their encounter. When they were about to leave, the other elderly man asked Samir to translate something else for Nathan: “Tell him to be fearless and in this way he will show us the road to follow.” Samir translated this to Nathan, adding that he wasn’t really sure how to interpret these words. They said goodbye to the two older men and walked away. Nathan remained silent. This incident troubled him just as much as the one that had happened in Bombay. Were these two men delivering an important message or were they to be distrusted? He asked himself. The conversation had equally perplexed Samir, and looking at Nathan with curiosity he asked: “That second man was talking about showing the road to follow. What did he mean?” “I don’t know any more than you.” replied Nathan. Samir was not satisfied with this answer, but insisted no further. “What significance do we give “patience” here?” he asked Samir who was Pakistani. “My uncle taught me that patience permits us to understand the faults of others!” he replied. “My father taught me that the faults of others show us what roads not to follow!” replied Nathan in turn.
The concept of patience is introduced in this passage. As was posted in a much earlier entry: “Time is intrinsic to our world and governs all change. Patience teaches us to accept the time that accompanies all changes. The line of time and the line of space are strongly interrelated. There is always a place where time is ripe for the changes that we can bring about!” Life here is really all about timing, and patience is really a form of action. It allows us to accept things that cannot be changed, and to learn what needs to be learned before any changes can occur. So being patient is not being idle, doing nothing, but actually being active in learning, understanding and accepting.
The sky was turning more and more crimson, as the sun began to descend. Nathan went back to the high dune to watch the sunset. Once there, he had an open mind to the power of the images. He remarked that he had overcome hunger and that he was in a state of higher awareness. He could now concentrate with ease, and felt at peace with what was waiting for him. Daylight was coming to an end, and the dunes were taking on the color of dusk. Nathan associated this phenomenon of nature with all his feelings. He not only felt in perfect communion with the sun, but equally with the whole universe. He perceived intensely the connection between all the elements of the universe, and of all as a whole. Feeling blissful, he lay down on the sand.
We are connected with everything and everyone, but there are moments where this connection is so clear! Where we can actually feel ourselves blend in to all that’s around. It is not necessarily a “feeling”, but more a state of Being, where we feel like we are the sun, the mountains, the ocean, the trees, everything, and the “feeling” is an immensely blissful one. These are the moments where we are truly in reality, and where we’re truly ourselves, our essence, …where we’re truly “aware”.
Nathan remembered what Adnan had told him about the power of images. He knew he had to discover the secret behind these shadows. Some of these shadows had made a point of presenting themselves to him, and therefore, there was significance to that. First there had been Curiosity, then Attention and lastly, Confidence. Nathan wrote down these names in his notebook and reflected on them for a while. It was clear that these names represented feelings. He picked up his notes again. Little by little, the words became clearer. These three feelings had personified themselves as autonomous Beings to introduce themselves to Nathan. The shadows were then feelings. They were the spiritual entities Rachid had told him about who accompanied all men. Nathan realized that what he had just experienced was simply an unusual vision that said much about human behaviour. He reread what Rachid had said: “In the end, we decide for ourselves which feelings accompany us.” Nathan understood now that we are always in the position to choose which feelings we allow to dominate us.
You CAN choose your feelings, and depending on what feelings you allow to dominate, you attract life events that “glory” those feelings. If you’re constantly in a state of worry, sadness, or loneliness, you attract the situations that will continue or even enhance those feelings. Whereas if you choose the more positive feelings such as confidence, calmness, love, then you attract the situations that bring about those energies even more. Of course there are situations that come our way that initially bring about the negative feelings, such as anger, and it’s fine to acknowledge and feel them, for that moment and that situation (within reason), but then you have the choice to either let those negative feelings continue taking charge, or not. The feelings you surround yourself with, in the long term, determine your personality, and determine the path you continue on in your life journey.
“When we let our feelings guide us, we live more consciously, and so we allow that inner power to clarify the messages present in every situation.”
Nathan was captivated by this conversation with his father! He sensed very deeply that what he was learning now would be invaluable to him for the rest of his life. Mauro got up and approached the river. Bending down on one knee, he stared ahead into the void for several minutes. Then he got up and proposed they take a stroll into the center of the city. As they walked, Nathan, wanting to know more, resumed the conversation:
“But how are these messages useful?
“They help differentiate what’s important from what’s not for our personal development.” answered Mauro, understanding very well the need his son had to clarify what he was learning before assimilating it completely.
“Don’t we have to be certain we know how to interpret these messages before we trust them?”
“Being certain limits us. What’s important is to have confidence in our feelings.”
“But how can we live without being certain of anything?” wanted to know Nathan. Continue reading
“Some people energize us, while others, on the contrary, drain us of all energy. It usually depends on the objectives we pursue, which in turn determine who we are and how we relate with others.” Mauro said. “How do we know if we are pursuing the right objectives?” Nathan asked. “Do you remember our conversation about our inner power?” Nathan nodded his head. “Yes, I remember it very well!” “The more we are aware of this inner power the better we can discern the justness of the objectives we pursue.” “Do people frequently pursue the wrong objectives?” asked Nathan. “The best way to determine this is to observe the energy that emanates from them.” replied his father.
We all have our own objectives, goals or destiny. The way we can determine if we’re on the right track is by listening to our inner feelings, our instincts, and by being perceptive to the signs that we are given, either by spontaneous thoughts, dreams, or “coincidences”. Nothing happens by chance. Every event, person, situation has meaning to you as an individual, and collectively as humanity.
In the world, there are still many places in which there exist numerous differences between men and women. Do you think this will ever change?
Men and women will start appreciating each other more once they stop seeing each other as different from one another. The Yin and Yang symbol symbolizes perfectly this compliment. Whether we are a man or a woman, once we allow this process to occur within ourselves, then we will naturally find more connection in our mutual relationship to each other. This applies to all of us and for every culture, because every culture is the reflection of those that conserve it. The more awareness of unity permeates into a culture, the greater impact it will have on other cultures, and the more it will spread. Looking at the world right now, we realize that there is mainly a need for more male compassion and for more female wisdom. Let us actively spread this vision of unity and we will see more harmony extend throughout the world