"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
I think above all, I am a realist, although I don’t like any conceptual descriptions of my person. I try to stay in tune with reality, which saves me a lot of misconceptions, disappointments and frustrations. The conviction, for example, that what resides in my body is immortal, permits me to be unafraid of death. Rather, it’s with immense pleasure that I live this life to the fullest with the time that I have here. While living this wonderful experience we call life, it is with great respect for the Divine that I try to let love prevail at every level and with every situation.
Time does not exist. We build it, we go through it, and we are its prisoners. Time exists only through the identification that we give it, that we ourselves have created with our own minds. This identification is the product of our memories, of our accumulated thoughts, and of what we perceive as the past. This past defines our fear and hopes, and consequently, our vision of the future. When our attention is totally and intensely in the present, we feel the reality of our soul, a reality that can only be felt with the heart, and never understood with the mind. A reality that is timeless.
“I see that many of you are sincere in your desire to fight injustice. In this respect, I’d like to tell you something important.”
Everyone was all ears.
“My friends, remember that when it comes to improving life on earth, there is something much more powerful and much more efficient than the will.”
Everybody was intensely curious now to know what important statement Nathan was going to pronounce!
“It has to do with understanding the world around us! Every action we undertake is dependent on that. If this understanding is rooted in the source of our thoughts and feelings, it will guide us well.”
Again Nathan paused a moment to let the meaning of his words be understood. Finally, a man in a suit asked him: “How do we know what’s at the source of our thoughts and feelings?”
“By reflecting on what our real motivation is,” Nathan answered, “For that, we need to ask ourselves this question: what is the ultimate goal that I’m trying to attain?”
Nathan paused for a moment and then continued with fervor: “I know that you’re questioning and wondering about the best strategy to employ in organizing events, but is every one of you deeply convinced of the real reason for these events?”
He paused again. The public was completely still, mesmerized by every word.
“Ask yourselves ‘what do I think is an ideal world’, and ‘how can I contribute to it’. These are the questions that if you spend enough time on them, will give you a deep understanding of things.”
Nathan stood up, and ended his speech with strong and poignant sentences, interspersed with long pauses, which had the effect similar to that of collective hypnosis on the listeners:
“Those who are truly looking for the good will recognize each other! They will feel a powerful connection between each other and will then be able to use their full potential! Their actions will serve as examples for others, and little by little, this will lead to a transformation of the world, until it finally becomes a welcoming and inspiring place for all!”
Truly, to change anything on the external, requires a change on the internal. Perhaps not a change, but an awareness of who we are and what matters above all, Love.
Being aware, brings peace and harmony, and that influences the outside. Our thoughts, our actions, our words become ones of Love and Peace, and that has the effect of inspiring others.
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.
Defining the Infinite is not an easy task seeing that very nature of thought is to separate all that we perceive in a linear time frame. And yet, we know that Existence lies beyond our concept of time, beyond all theories, and even beyond the mind. An understanding of the Infinite cannot be obtained but by an intuitive manner, through a process in which we perceive no past or future –where we ”sense” only timelessness- a process which permits us to see that Existence is nothing else than what has never been before.
“Our higher awareness allows us to perceive the relationship between our thoughts and our feelings, and therefore to understand what is taking place within us at each moment of our lives.”
Saïd waited for Nathan to write this down, and then read the second text: “When we recognize the creative source that underlies each moment of our existence, we become more and more aware that life is a gift. And if we understand the absolute cohesion that connects us to all the elements of the universe, our confidence in the unity of the world reinforces itself little by little.”
Saïd asked Sanah to read the last text. She took the book, reading the passage in Arabic first and then translating it for Nathan:
“The experiences that we live whilst in the state of higher awareness, teach us how to give meaning to our lives and accomplish great things.”
How do we access our higher awareness? Some people do it through trance, through meditation, in a quiet or controlled environment, but I believe one can access it quite naturally just by Being… Being in the moment,… thoughtless, without feelings, just experiencing what’s within and around us. in any given situation and in any place. Even in highly tense situations, we can access our higher awareness by what I call “stepping aside” and just observing, not letting ourselves get carried away by the emotions and thoughts such situations provoke, but observing the energy and dynamics of such situations. It’s amazing the understanding and insights we get when we’re able to do that. ~Grace
“I see a flowing current, able to absorb resistances, transforming them, and changing their direction.”
“What kind of resistances do you mean?” Nathan asked curiously.
“Those resistances that limit impelling energy!” he stated.
Nathan understood that this man had the ability to see the world with different eyes. In developing his abilities and in communicating what he discovered, this Indian man had found the profound meaning of his life. Nathan was very curious to know more.
“I’m sorry, but could you explain what you mean by ‘resistances’ and ‘limiting impelling energy’?”
“You don’t have to be sorry because it’s due to your curiosity that together we can give meaning to these moments!” The Indian man stated.
Again the man took his time to clarify his affirmations. It was clear that the view he had on life was imprinted with much wisdom, and just like Songo, he used a distinctive language to be better understood. By experience, Nathan knew that from this encounter he would obtain some useful and valuable information that would help with his personal development.
“I’m referring to the physical and emotional limitations that touch each one of us when we are born onto this earth.” He stated.
Nathan understood that the Indian man was talking about faults and bad habits, but he wanted to know more about the impelling energy.
“Can I ask what you mean by impelling energy?” Nathan asked.
“Impelling energy is the mother of all energies; the one that directs everything.” He stated.
“Do the limitations you mentioned prevent us from letting this energy flow?” Nathan asked.
The Indian nodded affirmatively.
Impelling energy is none other than the Creative Source, that which indeed is behind, connects and directs everything. It is our ultimate source of inspiration. Our limitations, mostly self-imposed, and some socially imposed, are what prevent us from accessing this source. Learned behaviours, certain emotions and a focus on the external rather than the internal are some of these limitations.
Will we ever know reality to the level the Creator does?
We will probably never know it, but we can experience it. Reality is something too mystifying to be understood in the form of intellectual knowledge. When we try to understand it, we perceive it through our limited intellect, which offers us a very limited view of this reality. Our intellect can only give us a static illusion of something that is constantly in motion and perpetually changing. If we want to better experience reality, we need to free ourselves from our limited intellect, and attain a level of consciousness where our intellect has less of a hold on us. This is a level of consciousness that is closer to the Absolute and better linked to the one and only real Wisdom.
An old man, in his sleep, had a dream. He dreamt that he was walking alone in the desert. Looking behind him, he saw the footprints he had made throughout his life. He also saw another set of footprints parallel to his, which confirmed to him that someone had always been beside him, in moments of happiness, as well as in the unfortunate ones.” Adnan took another sip of coffee. “After a while, the old man, who was contemplating his life, noticed that in the hardest moments of his life, there were but one set of footprints, and he said to himself: it was precisely during those difficult times, when I needed the most help, that I was abandoned! A profound feeling of solitude and insecurity settled over him.”
“What happened next?” Nathan asked.
“A few instants later, the old man saw from afar, a woman who was carrying a child in her arms. ‘How strange,’ he thought, ‘what is this woman doing all alone in the desert?’ He rubbed his eyes and looked anew, but the woman had disappeared.”
“Did this woman really exist?” Nathan asked.
“The old man could not know with certainty, but the image of the woman and the child stayed in his mind. He got up and continued on his way, all the while thinking about her. All of a sudden, he understood the message, and he raised his eyes to the sky.”
“What was the message?” Nathan asked, anxious to know. Adnan continued:
“Just as the child had been carried by his mother, he understood that he too had been carried in the most difficult times of his life!” Adnan concluded: “Never forget to have faith in the creative power and be…”
“…careful in making incorrect interpretations!” Nathan finished the sentence, “You are right! In spending time with Pablo, I was able to see that he too had great faith in the creative power.”
“The creative power is equally a wondrous mystery.” Adnan concluded with a wink.
Speaking for myself, one of the points of this story is that we are never alone. Believing in the creative power, or higher reality, we know we are not alone. We are always being “guided”, but we have to be aware of this creative power to understand. There is never a situation in which we are totally helpless; always there is something there guiding our steps or helping us along. The other point, is to be open to and understand the signs which are given to you, to definitely interpret them correctly. And to interpret signs correctly, one must be aware of the creative power, in general, and within…
“What are your beliefs, Adnan?”
Adnan looked at Nathan a moment, then in a serious tone said: “I believe in the creative power.”
“Where is it found?” Nathan asked his attention alerted.
“Your question is equivalent to asking a fish in the high seas where water can be found! There isn’t anything where the creative power is not.” Adnan stated.
Nathan, looked towards the horizon, and allowed Adnan’s words to penetrate.
The next morning, they both woke up very early. After a breakfast of coffee and warm donuts, Nathan wanted to continue the conversation broached yesterday.
“When we see how the world is wonderful, it’s strange that not everyone believes in a creative power.” He said.
“We each experience the world as we were taught.” Adnan answered, “Those who do not see the miracle in the order which reigns over the universe do not admit the existence of a creative power.”
“In that case, they do not experience the world in its totality?”
“To experience the world in its totality, it is essential to believe in the creative power. Only that certainty can help us correctly interpret what we perceive with our senses.” Adnan explained.
There are many words for Creative Power, all meaning from our true Essence or Source, that which most people call God. How true it is that if you don’t believe in this Higher Source, then your experiences of life and how you view the world are very limited. The wonder and joy at the simplest things, or the “awe” you feel when looking at breath-taking scenery, would it have the same magic and wonder if you did not believe in such a Source? Would you not also be limited in your creativity and accomplishments if you did not believe in something Higher, with endless possibilities?