Can Goodness Be Taught?

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“You are part of those who, day by day, strive for goodness with intelligence. Is it possible to teach this approach?” Nathan asked Vadim.
“I think so,” Vadim answered. “Although, goodness is something that one learns by oneself. Certainly, we all have the tendency to become like those around us. This is a trend that is seen everywhere; our surroundings rub off on us.”
“We do indeed have the tendency to adapt to the level of the people around us.” Melvin agreed. “What our behaviour shows, is what we teach.”
“You’re confirming what I have always thought.” Nathan said. “Goodness can therefore be taught; it can be transmitted.”
“Certainly,” Vadim said, “But I must add that to truly acquire sincere goodness, the receiver will obviously have to do the necessary actions.”
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Ideal World

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“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.

THAT’s how change is made…  ~Grace

 

Impelling Energy and Limitations

“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.

Creative Power and Interpreting Signs

 
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…

Creative Power

“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?

The Dance of Death

Nathan knew that Songo had a construed view of death.  The last time they had talked about it, Songo had only touched on the subject. Nathan thought now was an appropriate time to resume the talk.
“According to you, what do you think happens after our lives are over?” Nathan asked Songo.
Songo looked attentively at Nathan, guessing all the questions that the latter had in mind.
“That question is sufficiently important that we need to give it time to address it properly and thoroughly.” Songo said.
Songo pointed to a large tree at the top of a small hill and said: “Let’s go sit under that tree. Its shade will keep us cool.” Once there, Songo continued:
“What I’m going to tell you are the convictions of an old man based on an existence consecrated to prolonging life here on earth, and therefore delaying to later what comes after.”
“That’s only making me even more curious!” Nathan expressed.
“We can divide into three groups the people that need healing. In the first group, time has not yet decided to send death. To heal these people, knowledge and experience is sufficient.
“Time?” Nathan asked.
“It’s time that decides when death will dance?” Songo said.
“Death can dance?” Nathan asked intrigued.
“Yes, it does so when it comes to get someone.”
“Dancing? But certainly, death is not something to be joyful about!” Nathan stated. Continue reading

Lessons from Natural Disasters

 
Nathan was shocked by what met his eyes! Mud had completely invaded the streets and the cars could barely circulate. Everywhere people implored for help, the look of despair clearly visible on their faces, and the feel of fear and anguish distinctly palpable in the air.
At various times, the taxi driver was forced to stop the car, and Nathan with his heart clenched tight from all the misery he was seeing, asked Simon:
“Why is nature so cruel sometimes? It’s absurd!”
“It is not so much that nature is cruel that it’s absurd in as much as the need for its purpose!” replied Simon.
“What sense could all this have?” Nathan asked, trying to understand Simon’s reasoning.
“Like with any other catastrophe, it’s about the change that it will bring.”
“What change?” asked Nathan, now with curiosity.
“Whenever there are disasters, people have the possibility to develop qualities like courage, compassion, and their capacity to put things into perspective.”
The taxi started moving again. Nathan had difficulty seeing things the way Simon did.
“Can’t we do anything to help them?” he asked.
“Not for the moment, no.” replied Simon.
“Isn’t it precisely now that they need our help?  Nathan insisted.
“It is in the calm and in the silence that follows a disaster that each person can then account and focus on what they need to learn.”
 

I see nature as a living entity, responding to the stimuli around it. It’s also an ever-changing entity, evolving just as we  are…  There are reasons and purposes for everything, and there’s also likely a bigger “plan” in this seemingly chaotic world. What can’t be learned the easy way, is taught the hard way. How true it is that it’s in moments of great disasters that people are reminded of the human basic qualities of the heart: love, togetherness, assistance, compassion, courage, respect, etc…