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Inspirational sayings to lift you up and see the bigger picture to life.

Obama Misunderstanding

Falling into the misunderstanding of where feelings come from

falling into the misunderstanding

Falling into the misunderstanding that our agitated feelings are caused by something other than our feelings in the moment.

If we fall into the misunderstanding that our agitated feelings are caused by other people, then we’re more likely to experience resentment, hostility and have other relationship problems. Today I sit in awe when I see this happen¬†because it’s one of the world’s greatest and believable lies we¬†all fall in and out of all the time.

This is one of the biggest challenges that we live with as human beings. ¬†“It’s always because of the person out there that I’m upset.” ¬†How many times have you heard yourself complain and say, ¬†“it’s her fault that I’m upset?” How many times have our friends and family said the same thing? ¬†But I now know that there is a better and healthier way to live.

We don’t experience anything unless it goes through our thinking first

It’s simply our level of understanding or the lack thereof,¬†that gets us to believe that we are experiencing life from the outside-in, i.e. that the outside world is responsible for how we feel. Now I know you may be thinking that ¬†it doesn’t look that way but I invite you to at least reflect on the idea and the possibility, that in truth we don’t experience anything unless it goes through our thinking first. ¬†This is what we call the inside-out approach. ¬†It’s a much more healthy and peaceful way to live.

Taking 100% responsibility  for our feelings can be scary

This is a much better approach because it allows us to take 100% responsibility for what we are experiencing moment to moment. ¬†But this can be scary because it might be easier in some ways to buy into the lie that our negative feelings are caused by other people, it allows us to shirk our own responsibility for our feelings by putting the blame on someone else. ¬†It’s almost like we secretly want to fall into the misunderstanding of where our feelings are coming from so we can point the proverbial finger outwards, at someone else instead of inwards back to ourselves.

Our Ego that loves to point the finger at somebody else for our own thoughts of frustration

Imagine what happens when your partner tells you, ¬†“when you leave that mess on the table, it upsets me. ¬†When you start talking about the football, I feel left out.” ¬†Now if my partner accuses me of this, doesn’t mean I should be insensitive to her feelings. ¬†But if I’m aware of the outside-in experience she’s having, and the fact that she doesn’t yet understand the outside-in lie she is currently living in, I can at least be sympathetic and understanding if I’m not caught up in the same lie as well! ¬†And even if I am caught up in my own self-righteous thinking, ¬†I usually calm down pretty quickly when I realise that I was blaming her for my frustration when she accused me. ¬†This ¬†all happens because we have been temporarily blinded by our Ego that wants to point the finger at somebody else for our own thinking that might be bringing a temporary experience of frustration.

Getting Hoodwinked and the low state of mind

When we get are temporarily hoodwinked into thinking that something other than my thinking is causing my stress, we’re usually in a very low state of mind. ¬†Our mind states are like the waves of the sea. ¬†They’re always going up and down. Our mood is another way of referring to our state of mind. ¬†When you’re in a rotten mood or low state of mind, life on the outside usually doesn’t look very nice. ¬†When my kids don’t clean up after themselves, they better stay out of the way when I’m in a rotten mood because the “mess out there” is going to upset me. ¬†(Again, I forgot that in truth nothing upsets me except for me).

I’m now in a low state of mind where I’ve been hit by the proverbial “outside-in” approach. ¬† And when that happens, get out of my way because I’m going to start yelling and screaming at the kids to clean up their mess because they upset me, ‘they’ are the cause of my stress. ¬†And it looks so real that my consciousness, my current understanding is skewed and limited to what I can see in this moment, which is not serving me very well because it’s like dealing with a closed book that is non-negotiable. ¬†At this stage, I’m not willing to be open and¬†see if there is anything that I can’t yet see. ¬†Is there anything there that I don’t yet know?

Catching myself in the act is the beginning of the salvation

But once I’m onto myself and ‘catch myself in the act’; that begins the salvation from the lie I’ve been caught up in. ¬†It’s an awareness that we are always dipping in and out of depending on where our state of mind is. ¬†When we hold on to our heavy investments of our ideas without the realisation that there could be another way, there could be something out there that we still don’t know, we are just like the blind groping in the dark of our limited vision of the world. ¬†And we spin out of control by ruminating over and over again at how unfair it all is.

Humility and lightness happen when we let go of our heavily invested thoughts

The magic happens when we get humble and drop our Ego of what we’re currently invested via our thinking. ¬†The feeling is wonderful like having a heavy weight taken off us when we realise that we don’t always have the answers. ¬†We then become a receptacle for something bigger, new and fresh thoughts begin to come to us. ¬†I feel much lighter and happier inside. Sometimes I amaze myself by what I come up with in a state of clarity.

It’s like looking into infinity

It all happens when I’m willing to let go and look beyond my current thinking and awareness. The best way to describe is that it’s like looking into infinity and waiting to see what manifests in a tangible way. ¬†It’s like watching something come from the formless into form. ¬†That’s how it works with thought. ¬†Let me make it very clear that it does, however, happen when I’m not trying. ¬†I know that sounds counter intuitive but that is how it happens. ¬†If you try to force it then it usually doesn’t happen.

The situation didn’t change but my thoughts¬†changed

All of sudden the other person who was the cause of my problems becomes less significant. The situation doesn’t change but my feelings on it did and that just made it much more cope-able. ¬†The other person who was the ¬†original source of my problem doesn’t become such a problem anymore. ¬†This is because I ‘woke up’ and remembered that 100% of my experience is coming via my thinking and not anyone else’s. ¬†At this point, I just bought out of the lie of the outside-in approach and dipped right back into the inside-out paradigm of life.

The downs are more graceful and the highs are even higher

As my awareness of the principles grows, I find my downs are more graceful because I often wake up in the middle of my rage and realise, “hey, this too will pass.” ¬†So I don’t get as angry anymore because I always know I have this innate health inside that will always show up when I’m open to it and it will give me the answers I need. ¬†When my thinking calms down, I’m open to an insight – a sight from within which comes from beyond what I currently know.

Life is a like a Seesaw

You’re always going to get through it because you have the inner GPS that’s always sending out signals on how to cope and deal with any situation you’re put in. ¬†When you let go and just relax without trying and doing, ¬†that’s when you become open to something new. ¬†You go from falling into the misunderstanding to falling out of it. ¬†And life is like a Seesaw¬†because you’re going to fall into it and fall out of it again and again. ¬†Don’t beat yourself up when this happens because we all do it and that’s fine. ¬†It’s called the human condition that we are all part of.

If you haven’t already please watch the video and I would love to see your comments and any views you have on this.

 

 

 

 

 

respect but don't take it personally

Respect but don’t always take it personally

Respect but don’t always take it personally.

Being respectful without always taking things personally has become part of my nature as a byproduct of not taking my thinking on most things too seriously.

It doesn’t mean Life and people are a joke.

It certainly doesn’t mean life is a big joke and that I don’t take anyone or anything seriously. It does, however, mean that I ¬†will put my thoughts under the ‘examination magnifying glass’ in order to determine how serious the situation is. ¬†This will apply both to people and situations.

I had a friend come to me to today with a problem that he needed my help with. ¬†As I was listening, my thoughts started to bombard me causing me to move into judgement as well things that I needed to tell him. ¬†But then I woke up! ¬†I realised that this is not the time for me to be inserting my own thoughts in at the moment. ¬†What I wanted to do was be what we call in the Three principles is to be in a deep state of listening. ¬†You can’t be fully present listening to your friend when you’re busy thinking, “what am I going to say next,” to counter what he’s telling me.

Thought slow down

As a result, I just slowed my thoughts down to just being present with him so I could fully hear what he was telling me without ‘me’ interfering with his message. ¬†The byproduct of this is that you fall into a very good feeling which helps create a warm connection with the other person.

He himself is a Psychologist and pretty set in his ways. ¬†My own innate health or my inner being was telling me that I don’t think this was the right time to explain the three principles to him. ¬†I didn’t feel that it was the right time for this. ¬†That’s at least was my insight at that moment. ¬†My main goal at the time was just to be present with him and make sure that I fully heard what he had to tell me. ¬†He opened up quite a lot, more than what I’ve ever seen and I suspect that it was because¬†I was fully present to what he was telling me at the time.

Evolving rather than doing

Let me make this clear. ¬†It’s not something I do as much as something that I have evolved into after learning the principles and helping many others do the same thing. ¬†Soon as you start getting caught up in ‘doing’ you lose the ‘flavour’ of the moment. ¬†It’s just not the same as being in a state of realisation. ¬†It’s more of an understanding of where you are that things automatically change without effort. ¬†It’s something you see. ¬†When I saw that my thoughts were over bombarding me at the time my friend was pouring out his heart to me, I didn’t have to settle down my thinking, it just happened automatically.

The answers for my clients usually lie within them

And that is where the magic happens because you move into a deep connection with yourself as well as the person. ¬†And that did happen with my friend. ¬†This conversation was ‘friend to friend’ and as a result, he wanted an answer which is something I usually shy away from as a practitioner because the answers of my clients always lie within them. All is what I do is point them into the deeper recesses of their own innate health.

When you’re coming from a loving space it will enter into their heart too

But because the time wasn’t right in this particular case, I acted like a ‘friend’ and gave him some advice. ¬†But the beauty over here was that it wasn’t like the type of what I would call ‘desperate advice’ where, “you better listen to me and do this or else it will be a disaster,” rather it was advice coming from a very loving deep place from within myself and hopefully entering into the heart of the other person as well, which I could tell it did. ¬†You know this when you have a good feeling inside yourself as you are talking to the other person.

And the best part is that I didn’t personalise any of this. ¬†I didn’t take anything he was saying so seriously or personally that I was attached to the outcome. ¬†I was, however, respectful of him and what he was saying every step of the way. ¬†This is what I mean when I said ¬†that I respect people and life but don’t always take them personally.

Paradox of results

And the paradox of outcomes is, that the less attached you are to the result, the easier it is to have that outcome. It may not always go the way you’d ultimately like to, but because you’re not taking the situation so personally things usually work out better in the long term even if you can’t see it that way at the present moment. ¬†And often what might seem the worst thing out that happened might indeed be the best thing for you right now even if you can’t see it!

Advice without attachment

And in regards to my friend, I had no attachment to the outcome, and I felt that I was really heard, appreciated and had a good connection to him when it was my turn to speak. ¬†Again this was felt even on a physical plane as I was speaking to him and I could also see from his body language that it was all going along nicely. ¬†When you speak respectfully from the heart without attachment, it can go a really long way. ¬†I really did care for him and his plight but it didn’t mean I had to be attached to whether he would listen to me or not.

Takeaway

So the takeaway from today is that when we don’t take our ¬†thinking so seriously we usually as a byproduct¬†are more respectful to others and the situation usually becomes aless pressing since circumstances and people only become desperate when we think they do. ¬†Here’s the video. ¬†I’m sure if you’ve come this far you’ll enjoy it.

 

 

 

No one upsets me except me

 

no one upsets me

No one upsets me except me is a meme I came up with ¬†when I was working with one of my clients. ¬†At first, it may sound a bit weird but it really is true. ¬†I just watched my own video on this post which I found very useful because I just fell into the trap myself believing that it was my son who made me angry. ¬†Just watching this calmed me down, taking me out of the blame frame where I’m pointing outwards at someone else when they didn’t do what ‘I’ wanted. There I go again getting caught up in my own Ego. ¬†It’s everyone else’s fault except mine!

No one upsets me except me – the realization through my own video!

But after watching my own video and reminding myself that I can’t get upset and unless I decide to, I just miraculously calmed down a bit and realised that if I leave the issue at hand for even a few minutes, my opinion about what should have happened might not change but, I’ll at least get quiet enough, to have some fresh less judgmental thinking about the situation at hand.

My darling son was supposed to call someone regarding a job I was involved in helping him get. The problem is that he only got married a few weeks ago and hasn’t really come back down to earth yet. I felt bad because of my involvement and commitment I gave to the other party that he was going to make this call for the job and he still hasn’t taken any action.

Just imagine how embarrassed I felt when I bumped into this person today and ¬†found out that my son still hasn’t called. ¬†Then I started burning inside with a feeling of betrayal¬†and being let down, my Ego was in full swing, but it didn’t last long. The good news was, that when I rang my son, he wasn’t available to take the call. It was exactly what I needed at the time because I know when I speak to him next, I’m still going to tell him what I think needs to be done, but I’ll be more loving and understanding to his limits when I give him my piece of mind in a calmer more strategic way. This is because I have had ‘some breathing space,’ to allow for fresh clearer and calmer thoughts to come in.

The point I’ve learned from all this is that I’ll be okay even if he doesn’t do exactly what I want him to do. ¬†And I know that the less invested I am in my own thinking about how things should exactly work out, the better off everything will be.

This is what I call the paradox of results. ¬†The less attached I am to an outcome, the greater chances I have of it actually taking place. ¬†There were these Olympic runners and one scored the Gold and the other the Bronze. ¬†They asked the Bronze what was going on with him when he was running. ¬†He said, “I just kept on telling myself, that I’ve gotta get this and I was very tense as I was huffing and puffing and just pushing myself to get first to the finish line and I just couldn’t get to first place!” ¬†They then interviewed the Gold medalist and he said, “I just thought I give it my best shot and I was just running my hardest but I don’t really know what happened and the next minute I won the race!”

And that’s the point, he didn’t really know what happened because he didn’t have so much ‘heavy’ thinking about the outcome on his mind while he was running.

It really is amazing what you can do when you don’t have so much on your mind while you’re doing anything. ¬†It doesn’t mean don’t think. ¬†But when we are too hard on ourselves and we don’t feel good inside or we might even feel tight and uncomfortable in our bodies, then this is feedback from ourselves/our bodies, that perhaps doing a certain activity at this time of discomfort is not the right time. ¬†Maybe just push it off for even a little while.

If you haven’t watched the video, please do, it might just calm you down like it did for me. ¬†But as time goes by I find myself becoming increasingly more grounded in my understanding of the principles by Sydney Banks which just increases my peace and well-being.

When I become angry or upset which happens less often since I’ve learned the principles, I find that I am ‘on to myself,’ where I catch that uncomfortable feeling inside me and realise it’s time to just ‘step back’ for a while and see what new thoughts come up for me as I get quiet ¬†again. This is the realization of the fact that that nobody upsets me except me. ¬†Then I usually become receptive to a broader state of consciousness where these new thoughts which I call insights, come up for me and it has a soft warm pleasurable feeling and then I may use them to help me with any issue I have at hand.

Please let me know if you have been upset disappointed or angry and then you ‘caught yourself in the act’ when you felt uncomfortable in your body or in your mind. ¬†This is a great sign of progress in your own grounding in the Principles which definitely leads to greater peace happiness and well-being. ¬†So leave your comments below and if you haven’t already click on the video below which will explain this further.

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I have no ‘To Be’ list

To Be, To Do, or maybe both?

No need for a todo list

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always use To Do lists. ¬†They’re¬†great¬†because it makes sure I take care of the many details that we all need to take care of¬†in our lives. ¬†But there is a trend to also write out ‘To Be’ lists. ¬†When however, you have the understanding of the three principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought, there is no need to strive to be, because you already are.

You have all the potential in you already! ¬†And it’s not something you need to do or put up on a To Be list. ¬†We already have the kindness, we already have love, we already have creativity and all the other wonderful things in potential there already. ¬†We can uncover them when we are ¬†aware of who we truly are. ¬†Click on the icon below this image to see what I’m speaking about. ¬†And always remember, you are so much more than what you realize.

 

Inside out and Outside in approach explained through a Poem gone viral

This was an amazing poem written by Chanie Gorkin a Year 11 Student in Crown Heights Brooklyn New York. It’s a piece of true literary art. ¬†Have a read on the Poem below and then click on it to go to see my video I have made about this amazing piece of work to learn how to see the inside out and outside in approach she uses without even probably knowing anything about the principles. Or you can click on this icon to watch the video.¬†Syd banks outside-in

Inside Out and Outside in approach to life explained through a brilliant Poem

The Secret to happiness – being okay even when it’s not okay.