Dream Big, Darling

As 2018 begins, I’ve smudged away old regrets, lost dreams, and looked toward everything the future has to offer.  I’m ready to take on the new year… are you?

It’s easy to dwell on the past, old mistakes, or missed opportunities.  For years I didn’t even realize I was settling for less!  Instead of following my heart, I listened to the opinions of people who weren’t in alignment with me, questioned my abilities, or stayed quiet in fear of being misunderstood.  It took several years, a lot of lessons, and some encouragement to discover I didn’t need to believe in anything but myself. 

I hid my talents and creativity for years because I was afraid of being criticized.  It didn’t even occur to me that I may get positive feedback!  As a child, any recognition wasn’t worth the hurtful things I may have heard (keyword: may).  At seven years old I wrote and illustrated an entire collection of children’s stories called “Suey and Friends.”  Suey was a chipmunk who went on all sorts of adventures with her crew.  Each character had a unique personality, often based on dreams I had or friends of my own.  My mom still has those old pieces of paper somewhere back in Michigan… she believed in me and encouraged me to continue creating.  Although it was just a hobby to me, she always insisted we send them to agents or publishers.  Being the shy and insecure girl I was, I never agreed to it.

It’s been 25 years since my last Suey story, but if there’s one takeaway from this all, it’s that life is too short to hold back.

Today I would rather be criticized than miss an opportunity.

As the year starts to unfold, I’m ready to take on the next steps of my life- whatever they may be.  2017 was an amazing year to focus on myself, develop a solid foundation, and decide what I truly wanted.  Big dreams no longer scare me, and hard work has become second nature.  The key to hard work is to follow your heart and do something you love.

Since moving on from Suey and friends, there’s a long list of things I have done as a middle finger to the people who hurt or second guessed me.  Although I didn’t do anything deliberately mean, I did my best to succeed, stand out, or surpass any doubts or negativity they threw my way.  I called off my engagement with a controlling engineer and moved to San Francisco, started a style blog in my hometown of people who bullied me, and pursued a marketing career in New York.  Things definitely didn’t go as planned, but that’s okay.  Although I am glad the anger and pain inspired my creativity, I learned one important lesson:

You don’t need to prove yourself to anyone but you.

When your intentions are pure, everything falls in place.  My life often fell apart because it wasn’t acting in alignment with my soul: I was simply doing things out of ego.  I no longer hold those old resentments or fear… and I can thank my spiritual practice and support system for giving me the strength to live my life with more love and compassion.

As you reflect on your goals for the future, remember to follow your heart; it will certainly take you a lot further than acting on ego or fear.  When you set your mind to it, you can have anything you want out of this crazy and beautiful life.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.

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444: Living In Harmony

I love when the perfect message comes to me at just the right time.  As I finished yesterday’s leftover green curry and checked my phone, I noticed the time: 4:44.  Although I see number patterns on a daily basis (especially any variation of 2), I had a strong urge to look up the meaning.  What was the significance of 444?

There are a few websites I frequent to read about Angel Numbers- Ask AngelsSacred Scribes, and Willow Soul (check out their cute clothes, too!); each have great summaries with their significance.  Today, I knew 444 was special- numbers are often how our angels or guides communicate with us, and ever since becoming more conscious, I am very in tune with signs from the universe, synchronicities, and patterns.  I also just realized today’s date is 1/3… 1+3= 4.

As soon as I Googled 444, the first thing I read was from Willow Soul:

“444 is your messenger telling you to have faith and be confident that things are going in the right direction in your life. 4th Meaning of 444: You Are in Harmony with the Universe. Whenever you’re seeing 444, the angels tell you that you’re resonating with the Universe in perfect synchronicity.”

Learning to be in harmony with the Universe has been a huge life lesson for me this past year, so the 4:44 message couldn’t have been any more perfect!  I’ve been on a slow and steady path, and as I begin working even harder toward my goals, the right people, thoughts, or signs come to me effortlessly.  As I get more in alignment with my heart and stop forcing old people or habits into my life, there’s been much less irritation, anxiety, or disappointment.

I’ve talked to many friends about things in their life falling apart; toxic relationships that aren’t improving, problems at work, bad living situations, and break-ups.  It’s a common theme for everyone to try and “fix” the situations; however, there comes a time when you realize they’re just doors meant to be closed.  There’s a reason why these things aren’t working out; it’s time to break the cycle and open a new door.   The reason these life factors aren’t working for you is because you’re not in alignment; you keep trying, and it keeps resisting.  Think of it as a nudge from the Universe, telling you to let go and make room for what’s to come.

This was a huge lesson for me over the past year.  As my life completely changed and I began stepping into the person I was meant to be, I began attracting like minded people and stopped thinking so much about the past.  I stopped worrying about what people would think of me, because I wouldn’t want to to change.  We’ll never be everyone’s cup of tea, but you’ll find your tribe when you’re true to you.

I’m grateful to finally become the person who speaks up without fear of judgement.  I’m grateful to be able to share my own experiences, pain, and lessons in hope of helping at least one person.  I am okay with being vulnerable, because not only does it help me heal, it helps me connect with people who need to know they’re not alone.  We find strength and hope in one another.  As we open up, let the ego go, and act with our hearts, we’ll be much closer to harmony and happiness.

I’ve decided “harmony” is my word for 2018; it’s important to me to live a peaceful, joyous life.  Any time I feel anxious or irritated, I have to ask myself, “am I in alignment? Am I thinking with my heart?”  I also have to remember to take deep breaths and remember I amon the right path; I am meant to write, paint, and create along this spiritual self-discovery journey.  As a messenger, I’m not only helping myself and others, I’m having fun, too!  Following your heart, whether it’s through art, nature, animals, or other activities, will ultimately help you align with the Universe and be in more peace and harmony.  As you let the old out of your life, you’ll notice how much lighter, happier, and free you will feel.

It can be scary to let things go, but even the butterfly has to struggle to fly.  Keep the faith… something great is on its way to you.

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1/11 Energy: Stay Positive

The beautiful thing about life is we can start every day new.  Isn’t that refreshing?

As I woke up, I realized it was a very special day: 1/11!  I’ve been reading a lot about the ways angels connect with us, which is commonly through music, nature, and numbers.  Angel numbers are commonly seen on the clock, on receipts, in dates, road numbers, or addresses; have you noticed these patterns in your own life?  I’ve also noticed many parallels and synchronicities within numbers- when I am in doubt about something, a number can often remind me I’m on the right track.

When we notice any sequence of the number 1, Doreen Virtue reminds us to “Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts are manifesting instantly into form. Focus only upon your desires and not upon your fears.”

2018 is a year of rebuilding and manifestation.  As the old falls away, we make room for the amazing surprises and gifts the universe sends our way.  The tricky part is, how do we keep the faith while we wait for our dreams to manifest?

1/11 is a perfect reminder to rest assured; everything is happening in divine order.  We may not know what the end result will be today, but if we keep our thoughts positive and focus on what we do want, not the things we don’t, we’ll see how our thoughts and actions create our outer reality.

Self-care and compassion is another theme for 2018.  We can easily lower our vibration without realizing it when we beat ourselves up over mistakes, forget to take time out of the day to meditate, focus on the past, or worry about the future.  I’ve been in my own little bubble of worries this past week; as my intuition guides me to take steps toward my goals, I have been consumed with wondering what the result will be.  This isn’t helpful to anyone!  Forgiving yourself for the past, showing yourself compassion, and remembering to think positively is a daily practice that takes work, but is extremely beneficial to your overall happiness and well being.

When you notice the number 1 in any order, stop and pay attention to your thoughts.  Are you embodying light and love, or are you feeling nervous and negative?  Are you focusing on your goals, or are you fearful of the future?  Today is the perfect day to journal, set intentions, and focus on what your heart is telling you.  If your gut tells you a situation is or isn’t right, listen.  Your intuition is a messenger from your higher self to let you know what choice you need to make.

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TOUCHED

 IT WAS A BLESSING

THAT DAY I FINALLY LEARNT THE LESSON

ALL MY STUGGLES YOU WERE TESTING

TO ENSURE MY PROPER DESTINE

THE ILLUMINESCENCE OF MY SOUL'S ASCENTION

WEARING LOVE LIKE, TROUSER SUSPENSIONS

I NEVER KNEW YOU LOVED ME SO MUCH

LIFE JUST HASN'T BEEN THE SAME SINCE YOUR TOUCH

I SKATE BOARDED ON SATURN

PROMISSING ME YOUR LOVE IN RETURN

I WENT OUT ON A DATE WITH M R. FATE

SQUARE DANCED WITH THE DEVIL

YOUR LOVE HAS SO MANY LEVELS

BY THE WAY PANDORA SAID TO TELL THEM

HOW BEAUTIFUL LOVE FELT

FILL YOUR HEART WITH LOVE,  AND PLAY THE HAND YOU WAS DEALT

BECAUSE YOU’RE LOVE WAS ALWAYS FELT

YOU TOOK MY HAND AND SAID LOOK

INTO YOUR EYES I SAID I DO

OUR SOULS THEN INTERTWINED

THE HANDS OF TIME WENT REWIND

TINY PICTURES THEN ENTER MY MIND

THEN YOU WISPERED IT'S MY TIME TO SHINE

THE KEY TO LIFE, IN MY HEART, YOU PLACED IT

AIN'T NOTHING ABOUT US BASIC

LOVE, JOY, AND HAPPINESS, MEANS SO MUCH

YOU'LL NEVER BE THE SAME ONCE YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED

I RECTIFIED MY KARMIC

ALOT OF GIFTS, NO LONGER DORMENT

I FORGAVE AND LET GO OF LIFE'S TOURMENTS

IT'S NOT RIGHT A WAR OF TOUGGLE

MY POCKET CHAIN REPRESENTS MY STRUGGLE
NOW, I'M A LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD

I, SALUTE, RICH HOMIE QUAN, BECAUSE HE WOKE UP MY SOUL THAT'S WHEN I SAW WHAT MY FUTRE HOLDS

FEELING VIBRANTLY ECCENTRIC AN ASTRIAL PHONOMINATION, NOT TO MENTION

ASCENUATING TO DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS

STRONGLY GROUNDED, ATLANTEAN WARRIOR PRINCESS

WHO WAS STUNG BY CUPID'S ARROW

MY MIND OUT THE BOX NEVER NARROW

ALWAYS WORKING ON CALCULATED TIME

NEVER LOST, I ACTUALLY FOUND MY MIND

DRENCHED IN YOUR LOVE INTERTWINNED

LOVING YOU THERE IS NO SUCH

IRRIDESENCE OF YOUR LOVE, THIS ISN'T LUST

LIFE'S NOW DIFFERENT SINCE YOUR TOUCH

CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT

WE SHINE SO BRIGHT

WE WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT

THIS INDIGO KID JUST DID A BID

YOU JUST DON'T KNOW HOW I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

THE DAY I DIED WAS THE DAY I WAS TOUCHED

NO ONE HELPED OR EVEN PITIED ME

NEITHER DID I SO YOU SHOWERED ME IN SERENITY

YOUR LOVE LAST BEYOUND AND INFINITY

A HEAVENLY DEVIN ASTRAL ASCENUATED ADRENALIN RUSH

LIFE JUST HAVE'T BEEN THE SAME SINCE YOUR TOUCH

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Signs You May Be An Empath

According to the internet, the definition of an empath is "a person that is extremely sensitive to the emotions and energy of other people, animals and places". Empaths are able to literally FEEL these sensations emanating from these particular things. I myself had no idea I was an empath until a few years ago. I just thought I was incredibly observant for most of my life! Thanks to the World Wide Web I was able to finally figure out why I felt "different than most" for the majority of my life. I was always told I was "extremely sensitive" and I needed to "keep my emotions in check". I never understood why people said those things until I realized my calling. Without further adieu, here are some signs you may be an empath:

You FEEL other's feelings as they are your own – The one major indication I was an empath was I was able to pick up on other people's feelings very easily. I was unable to fully comprehend this aspect when I first discovered this, but with some hard work and research, I have been able to control it for the most part. It really explained why one moment I would be happy and the next I would be angry or sad etc. Grounding and meditation (especially in nature) really helps to center yourself and be one with your mind, body and spirit.

Crowds Overwhelm You –  If you find yourself in a mall, a stadium, or just any type of place that has an influx of people, expect to be inundated by everyone and their emotions all at once. It can be debilitating to say the very least! In my experience, wearing or having certain crystals (like amethyst which is my go-to crystal for most issues) on you will aid in absorbing these emotions and block you from them ultimately. In addition, solitude after an intense interaction with droves of people also helps to regenerate and recharge. Grounding and meditation never hurts either.

You are a human lie detector – Based on people's facial expressions, body language and the way they speak, you can tell almost instantaneously that someone is lying to you. This can be a curse sometimes, especially if a person you love and respect is the one fibbing to your face.

Narcissists are your weakness and your poison – The definition of a narcissist is " a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves". Which means, they are only in it to benefit themselves and they have minimal, if any, empathy for others. In my experience with "narcholes", they like to make you believe there is something wrong with YOU and they don't ever take responsibility or accountability for their hurtful words or actions. They thrive on manipulation and lead you to believe you are the problem, when that is furthest from the truth. Stay as far away from these types of personalities as you possibly can as they will drain you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

You always root for the underdog – This sort of intertwines with the narcissist point above. You have an overwhelming sense of needing to help anyone who needs it and essentially be their "savior". Narcissists tend to play the "victim" role any chance they get which is why us highly sensitive people tend to gravitate toward them. Not just narcs, but people or animals who are being treated badly. You just cannot fathom how there can be so many evil people on this planet and you wish things were different.

Your sensory receptors are more sensitive than the average person – When I was a child, I was weird about certain things. The tags in my shirts always bothered me, scratchy material like wool or lace, or anything too binding. As I have grown older, these instances still bother me but I also have developed sensitivity to bright lights, sudden loud noises, smells, or too many things going on all at once. I don't know about you, but it is incredibly comforting to know that I am not the only one who feels this way.

You are a dumping ground for other's emotions and feelings – My whole life I always wondered why random people would pour their hearts out to me constantly. Almost daily. We are definitely fantastic listeners and give great advice so it does make sense in that aspect. However, before I discovered I was an empath, it didn't make much sense besides I allowed it to happen. I would always leave the conversation incredibly drained and like I took on those emotions and they seemed to be all good after our chat. Which is ultimately what I wanted out of it secretly. For the person to feel better. I always seemed to succeed in doing so, but there came a point in my life where I had to start setting boundaries. Boundaries are healthy and necessary especially being an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). Don't ever be afraid to say no to someone. Saying yes all of the time can be draining in itself. I learned the hard way and it was very stressful and could have been avoided if I had only learned to set boundaries prior.

You avoid the news and negativity like the plague – Too many negative images and stories are portrayed on the news every single day. As an empath, negativity in general is too much for our empathic hearts to deal with. The news rarely has anything positive on it these days so I never watch it. Senseless wars, terrorism, child/senior/animal abuse, thieves, murderers etc. are the epitome of evil and we just cannot perceive how these things even happen and it tears us apart inside. We crave peace and serenity.

You have a strong inner "knowing" or intuition – I have found since I was a small child, my gut feelings were never off, albeit I rarely listened to them until I became an adult. The older I have become, the more my intuition has been developing. If you do not have guidance growing up when it comes to being an empath (which I didn't) then you unfortunately have to learn the hard way almost every single time. Always trust your intuition because it helps us to make informed decisions based on circumstance and feeling.

In conclusion, these are the most prominent of the signs of being an HSP that I have encountered. There are also many more subtle signs but I don't feel they are relevant to me so much. Us empath's are unfortunately painfully misunderstood if we encounter those who don't get what we are about. Perhaps we need to inform others we trust more often instead of hiding who we are. You need to embrace this gift you have been given and learn to control it as best you can. I will touch on that subject in a later blog post. Through awareness and consideration we can educate the world of our gift and make it a much better place to live through our loving actions and good deeds. Love & Light!

~ Cadence xoxo

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The world, universum and life

The world is a place to explore more life and prosperity in all hypermolicule items. The face of the earth is renewable by our childeren and to produce more happyness. We all stand for a big responsability to emporement of new Social idiologics. The first smart thing to do is to release ourself from individalic problems and solve them together with help by our heart and mind and power with the true self. One is not stronger then many, one is in many and shall not be seperated. Like the wind You can't see it but you feel and know it is there. Cristal clear your mind is a ocean where the waves are thoughs and ideas are boats floating down the river. To channel this it's important to navigate this sea which  follows to finding your path. Storms can bring damage to the boats and set You off path it's called distraction.  Focus must be sharp like a sharks teeth complish this by being healthy and on target. After a storm water can be still and boring notherless this is the time to rebuild and target to get stronger as you focus on this one should feel more alife. 

The universe is a parallel of tricky new finetuning objects with colors and shapes. This can dissapear beyond the horizon of air and space. Many layers of wisdom and intellect can be stored behind time and expirence of the past, prediction of the future and the conversation of the now. Choises between good and bad can be made with the goal to explore to the innerself. Social behavior is determined to reactions, sharing, believe and opinions. Blur can come from social pressured people in the mind. Controle over matter and thoughts can only happen when losing the focus on reality. Balance between losing and holding the rope will give you the energy of the universum.

While we all strife for more enjoyment in life it's good to remember who we are in the first place. Don't seek outside but more inside, your soul will be fruthfull understanding this. Time can be to short to worry about things happen in the past or future problems, live life by the present time to become a human beeing instead of a human doing. Thinking is one of our senses not our heart, the heart is smarter than you think. Feelings comes from the heart not the brain. When you solve your own problems one should share these with others so they can learn from this. Love in the heart and peace in the mind is completion of finding joy. 

 

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It’s Only a Thought

Unless the mind settles enough to see itself, most of one’s thoughts will be a conditioned lie so you really shouldn’t believe everything you think because a thought is but a thought and it’s not necessarily true.

Nothing is a problem unless it’s made into one. Think of the context of this simple yet profound sentence. Here are some of the ways the mind becomes conditioned and if one gets quiet enough this conditioning can be seen. The car in front of me is going to slow, I have to go food shopping, I’m tired, my allergies are horrible, I’m bored, etc, etc, etc. All of these start out as a single thought, but that isn’t where the problem lies the thought just arises, something triggers the attachment to it and what happens next is where the problem arises from because we believe the thought. We actually think the car in front is going to slow, or going food shopping is something we don’t like. We believe our thoughts to be true and then we attach to them and become controlled by them. If the thought wasn’t labeled to be true, we would be able to see it simply for what it is . We would see what was really going on instead of what our conditioned mind was making up. It would be seen the car in front of us really isn’t going to slow, we are just being controlled by our undisciplined thoughts.

Learn to watch the nonsense that’s believed to be true, but there’s so much of it that it’s hard to grasp. I mentioned one time to a person about the way we poison ourselves with tobacco products and his response was, he enjoyed them. This is insanity to enjoy poisoning yourself, but that’s the lie of a Conditioned Mind. People enjoy all sorts of things that are harmful to themselves, this also includes associated behaviors that harm others, and one’s own mind justifies it all. All I am saying is watch the thoughts that you think and learn how so many are based in lies to keep you in captivity to the Conditioned Mind. By no means should you take my word for it, the next time a thought pops into your head, take a moment before you label and act on it, and really take notice if what you are thinking is true or if it’s just a lie of your Conditioned Mind.

 

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Nothing is Missing

The next time the need arises for you to reach for something, ask yourself if it’s truly needed and if you can see that it’s not, you will be complete simply because nothing will be missing.

The only thing missing in your life is what you tell yourself is missing. This is what makes one have the unconscious urge to reach for something. This feeling that something is missing is so deeply engrained and because of this there’s not much awareness that it’s even there. What’s also not noticed, is that you are the one who creates the feeling that something’s missing. If you can understand this, it automatically takes away the feeling that something’s missing, as peace manifested as truth fills the space. There are many things used to try and fill this space, but only the truth that nothing is missing will truly fill it. The thing to try and understand is when the need to reach for something arises, it’s only because the mind has become agitated which has caused the feeling that something’s missing, but nothing is ever missing and how this is known is because when one has the feeling something is missing, nothing will fulfill it.

There is an underlying completeness to life that naturally occurs without the mind agitations being in control. You don’t stop them from arising, but if you just notice them and allow them to be without attaching to them, the feeling that something is missing will not arise. The sense of completeness is not a feeling, it’s a knowing. This is why completeness can never be attained by reading a book, attending a program, or using things, but this doesn’t stop the Conditioned Mind from keeping you entrapped to trying to become complete. So the next time you reach for something ask yourself if it’s truly needed and if you can see that it’s not, you will be complete because nothing will be missing.

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Wholesome Consequences

The consequences that arise from living a wholesome life naturally puts one in alignment with the loving vibrations and frequency of the Universe. Apple seeds can only result in growing apples.
Nothing has to be done for one to enjoy wholesome consequences, they arise simply from living in a wholesome manner. The definition of wholesome is: conducive to or suggestive of good health, physical and moral well-being. When this is one's direction, the consequences that naturally arise are love, compassion, kindness, understanding, non judgement, to name a few, you cannot be wholesome and have unwholesome consequences. The unpleasantries of life will still occur, but the way they're dealt with will not allow their suffering to engulf you. There will still be pain, heart ache, and loss of loved ones, but by living in a wholesome way, suffering will be much less than if unwholesome principles were in place. Planting apple seeds can only result in growing apples, but the seeds have to cultivated for this to occur. The seed only has potential, it is not the apple.

Our wholesome qualities will also have to be cultivated if there are to be wholesome consequences in our life. Most people intuitively know what is wholesome and what is not, but if there's difficultly in deciphering this, a great guide is simply, wholesome is of love as unwholesome is of selfishness. The me me me mind doesn't have many wholesome qualities or consequences to it. I always knew the difference between these two, but because of my conditioning being wholesome was beyond my capability. It was only when I began sitting and my mind settled did I develop the awareness to see and act in a wholesome way; this arises naturally as the mind settles. The more the mind settles the more wholesome are one's action and thus the more the consequences of those actions are of a wholesome quality.

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Understanding the Fundamental Metaphysical Questions

UNDERSTANDING THE FUNDAMENTAL METAPHYSICAL QUESTIONS

By Sensei Erwin L. Rimban

 

 

Who are you?

 

          “I think, therefore I am.”

          “You are a child of the universe…”

          “We are all in a widowed state, and our task is to remarry.”

          The first one is attributed to the philosopher Rene Descrates. The second is from the poem Desiderata. And the third one is from Louis Claude de St. Martin. Throughout the ages, the greatest thinkers of humanity have endeavored to answer this most fundamental question of human existence. Let us now explore how various paragons of the ages have approached it and savor the insights we can glean from their thoughts.

          “You are a creature of God,” pronounced the Western theologians. But a sinful one, they admonish and thus continue the argument by explaining how you can be saved in the form of the various theories of salvation. “You are atman, a fragment of the Universal Soul,” asserted the Eastern spiritual gurus. Sinfulness is not an issue in the East, compared to the West, but ignorance of one’s true nature is. Therefore, the Eastern spiritual traditions emphasize the need to know one’s true nature. Some would say the East presents a much more cheerful prospect. “Man is rational,” said the ancient Greeks. “Man is spiritual,” countered the ancient Eastern spiritual teachers.

          “You are a body”, intoned the mechanistic Western physiologists. A lack of subtlety there, everyone can see they have a body. “You are a mind existing within the confines of the body,” championed the Platonian idealists. More subtle, assuredly.  “You are a body with a mind that is full of psychosexual dilemmas,” declared the Freudian psychoanalysts. The various psychoanalytic paradigms all flowed from this concept. “Your psyche is rooted to the Collective Unconscious, countered the brilliant Jungian archetypal analysts. And their disciples have been searching for archetypes ever since, uncovering every nook and cranny of the human psyche.

          “You are a battleground of the forces of light and dark,” lamented the dualistic-minded Zoroaster. Dualistic religions and philosophies flow from this theological position. You are a combination of Yin and Yang, but they are enemies on the surface only. This is a paraphrase from the Taoist masters. For them light and dark, yin and yang, are lovers beneath, whose eternal dance comprises the phenomenal world. “You are nothing,” counseled Prince Siddhartha Gautama upon his ascendancy as the Sakyamuni Buddha, perhaps with a twinkle in his eyes. Did he mean it literally? Allegorically? Or was he thinking of something else. “You may be nothing, but you create your reality by your free will,” added the pragmatists and existentialists.

          “You are a collection of atoms, obeying the classical laws of physics, argued the mechanical Western scientists. For centuries, this has been the norm of Western classical thinking. But Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and other more super-intelligent quantum physicists arrived on the scene. And they changed the landscape of science forever. “You are a monad, a fragment of the universe, complete unto itself,” offered Leibniz, co-inventor of the calculus. “And you are immortal,” echoed Vardhamana Mahavira, champion of Jainism, thousands of miles to the East. Both of these thinkers are separated by distance and time, yet show surprisingly similar positions.

          So who are you?

          The best answer to this question comes from the hieros gamos, the sacred marriage, of quantum physics and the mystical arts. The most advanced quantum physicists are penetrating into the deepest mysteries of space-time, nature, and the universe. They are beginning to behold the Divine Wisdom, the wisdom of the ages, which has been shrouded in mystery since time immemorial.

          For centuries, the Divine Wisdom has been in the hands of the mystics of East and West. Experiencing firsthand the presence of Divine Intelligence, mystics are given a true experiential event where they apprehend personally the nature of man and the universe.

          Hieros gamos. The sacred marriage. More and more quantum physicists and mystical philosophers are communicating, sharing knowledge and critical insights. This conference of minds will help usher the Golden Age of humanity.

          This concludes our basic survey of the first fundamental metaphysical dilemma. It logically now leads us to the next question…..

 

Why are you here?

 

          “Something is doing we don’t know what.” A legendary remark attributed to Sir Arthur Eddington.  Let us continue our pilgrimage in wisdom by studying the second fundamental question of existence, the question of origin and purpose.

Two great systems of thought contested the nature of man’s origin in the past: creation and evolution. The diametrical opposition of the mechanical scientists and the stubborn theologians dominated Western civilization for centuries. But today, a new kind of thinking is emerging which is destroying the obsolete paradigms of the past. In this paradigm, both viewpoints can be assimilated into a new system of thought, one that synthesizes both creation and evolution.

          The universe is suffused with energy. And Einstein has demonstrated that matter is simply crystallized energy, a new concept that was extended by the mystical quantum physicists. This position correlates well with the viewpoint of mystical philosophers that matter is the lowest form of energy. We can accommodate the creation theory by tentatively accepting that the creation of this universe did exist as a point in time, corresponding with the Big Bang of the Western scientists. That settles the point of view of creation.

          Observe the universe. Explore our world. Open your eyes to your environment. The forms in our world exist as hierarchies. But the hierarchies are inter-related. Atoms give rise to various molecular arrangements. Molecules give rise to mineral categories. All the various kinds of plants are composites of atoms, molecules and minerals. But the whole is more than the sum of its parts. In other words, a plant is more than a collection of atoms, molecules and minerals. It is something more! And by extension, all the forms of life are more than the sum of their preceding hierarchies. Plants exist as the subsistence of some animals. But animals are entirely different from plants. In the same way, humans eat plants and animals, but their forms are different. Humans are infinitely more complex than plants or animals, although these forms are composed of the same fundamental building blocks: the atoms, molecules and minerals.

          Thus, there exist hierarchies in nature. Preceding wholes give rise to new kinds of wholes. The building blocks remain the same, but the configurations are entirely different. All these permutations in nature display the fact that energy configurations are evolving from one context to the next, from one level to the next, from one hierarchy to the next. Visualize smaller circles of life giving rise to larger circles of life. Smaller energy configurations giving rise to higher energy configurations. This, then, is the new paradigm that accommodates both creation and evolution. In this way, we see evolution manifesting as the development of energy configurations in different environmental matrices, each building on the preceding whole. And creation is the original impetus that gave rise to the universal primordial archtypes of these forms.

          Fascinating!

          If energy configurations are evolving, then the level of awareness of these energy systems are evolving too! The level of awareness of an atom is limited to energy interactions that maintain its nuclear shape and integrity and insure its ability to form molecules with other atoms. The awareness of a monocellular organism is something else entirely. Its biological activities revolve around the maintenance of homeostasis and the capacity to reproduce. Thus, its awareness of itself has reached a different level, not necessarily higher in essence than the preceding system of an atom, but perhaps richer in context. Because the necessities of homeostasis and reproduction will cause the organism’s awareness of its environment to be on a higher level of context, richer, and more detailed.

           Which leads us to human awareness. The consciousness of the human has reached a level where he begins to inquire on the fundamental questions of existence. His awareness of himself is not necessarily higher than molecules, plants or animals. Rather, it is richer relative to the environmental matrix. Because if the human is to survive, he has to assimilate and conquer more of its environmental variables as compared to the lower hierarchies.

          Therefore, we can see that evolution is proceeding level by level, whole by whole, context by context. This is a secret that used to be shared only by the best quantum physicists and the most enlightened mystical philosophers. This is the fact that evolution means not only the development of outer physical forms but it is actually the enhancement of consciousness as a form experiences its pilgrimage through the levels of complexity in the nature of the universe.

          Creation means the inception of a universe. Evolution means the development of awareness or consciousness in that particular universe as its levels of complexity deepen; thus revealing their inherent beauty.

          And now, we are ready to tackle the final fundamental dilemma…..

 

Where are you going?

 

          “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This is a mystical saying attributed to the semi-legendary figure of Lao Tzu, reputedly the author of the Tao Te Ching, and considered the nominal founder of Taoism. 

          We have been exploring the fundamental questions of existence. We began with the question of fundamental nature: “Who are you?” Then we continued with the question of origin and purpose, “Why are you here?” Now let us study the question of destiny and finality: “Where are you going?”

          We have seen how the forms in nature are evolving into more complex forms, hierarchy by hierarchy. This process pervades the entire universe. And while matter is the outer form or clothing of this process, it is the evolution of consciousness which is the engine that drives it.

          There have been many allegories of this process. Some mystical writers compare life on earth in particular and life in the universe in general to a school. In this allegory, all beings are enrolled in some kind of school where skills are gained, lessons are learned and insights assimilated. In mystical Hindu philosophy, the tempering forces are called karma, dharma and samsara, among others. When a particular insight is learned, developing beings go on to the next level, where there are fresh lessons and new insights. Another allegory worth considering is that of a pilgrimage or a journey. In this particular allegory, the beings of the universe are on a grand adventure. The goal is perfection in evolution as well as the joy of exploration. I find this allegory to be a perfect educational tool for aspirants in the spiritual path.

          From the point of view of a single individual, life is so complex with its attendant problems and vicissitudes. Anyone can be overwhelmed by the sheer complexity of it all. Yet, all the great spiritual traditions of mankind have maintained that life has a purpose far more magnificent than our mundane existence. The trick is to discover the higher meaning of life. For this, all spiritual aspirants since time immemorial have been challenged to open their eyes to the wider world.

          Expand your consciousness. Inquire more. Reflect more. Contemplate more. Meditate more. Discover more perspectives. Get out of your shell, psychologically speaking. As the forms of the universe evolve into higher and higher modes of expression, so you too are invited in the great banquet of eternity. We have seen previously how the forms of life seek to produce more wholes, each more complex than the preceding one. In the same way, the journey of evolution is a pilgrimage of wholes. Let us see how this journey plays in the dance of the universe. Reflect very deeply as we essay the next few statements.

          You are a whole.

          Yet, you are incomplete.

          This incompleteness is not your fault (paradigm shift in Western religious thought). Rather, it is the product of inexperience. Why is this so?

          As you have journeyed in the planes of existence, you have assimilated experiences from your own perspective. Since you are a fragment of the greater whole, this perspective is necessarily incomplete. You can gain a better understanding of the infinite universe by increasing the quantity of your travels in awareness. This means experiencing more of the whole from your vantage point. More lives. More experiences. Thus, the wheel of time, the cycle of reincarnation.

          Meanwhile, you are a whole that seeks to enhance its wholeness. You seek perfection, but think it unattainable. Well, good news, your lower mind cannot attain perfection by itself. It must use other weapons at its disposal; some of which are known only to the Collective Unconscious. Waiting to be discovered, of course.

          You are a whole.

          Yet, you are incomplete. A fragment of the Greater Whole.

And this is the reason why there is a pilgrimage.

You are bound to evolve, into greater and greater Wholes.

Your coherence increases as your pilgrimage deepens.

Your capacity to process information shall increase!

And you shall evolve, more and more, expanding higher and higher!

Let me conclude by offering this saying of Teilhard de Chardin for contemplation:

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey; we are spiritual beings on a human journey.”

 

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