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Free to Forgive

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When I feel hurt it is usually because someone did something or said something – or maybe did not say or do something.
Then I feel I am not able to forgive them – perhaps I don’t want to forgive them.

What is it that I want from them? To change, to feel the hurt, to feel regret?

I need to step back and realise that by not forgiving them I am holding onto the feelings of hurt and remembering them again and again…. building walls of impression and vision which will influence the future.

In the process of forgiving, I am letting go but also subtly helping the other person to let go as I am no longer ‘holding’ on to them with negative thoughts and feelings.

When I forgive I make peace with the past. It does not change the past but it allows the possibility of so much more in the future.

Forgiveness takes place in my own mind and heart … It has nothing to do with anyone else.

 

Om Shanti

February 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Stop and Observe

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In a fast moving world that operates on the basis of actions and reactions, is it possible for me to step back and observe?

My automatic reaction to life’s dramas seem to be controlled by a force that I am not directly managing. And then these reactions become the basis of my tomorrow.

In the face of situations let me see if I can apply a brake. To stop and not engage at any level – whether it be my thoughts, words, actions or even feelings.

If I am able to stop then I can become the observer of the scene – Who is doing what and why?

If I can step back even further then I become the observer of the self and my behaviour within the scene. What am I thinking and feeling about the scene and what are the needs and desires which are fuelling that?

Developing the ability to ‘Stop’ will allow me to begin to understand the things that control me from a very deep space within the soul. I begin to reveal myself to myself and in doing so I am able to become free.

 

Om Shanti

January 5, 2017 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

The Light

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Darkness is nothing but the absence of light. As soon as there is light, darkness no longer exists. You cannot create darkness, but when you take away light then darkness appears.

In the dark there is uncertainty, weariness and perhaps even a fear of the unknown or the unseen.

When there is ignorance in our lives there are these feelings of fear and uncertainty. With knowledge there is enlightenment, wisdom and a freedom that releases the soul from sorrow.

Spirituality brings enlightenment. It brings the light back into the soul and frees it from fear and pain. And as one practises and applies spirituality into their daily life, it makes the soul shine bright and brighter until it becomes a guide for others too.

Step into the light today.

 

Om Shanti

November 26, 2015 at 9:12 am 1 comment

The Control Factor

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Situations happen – they are a part and parcel of life and with them come stress, pain, tension and worry. However these are not a part and parcel of life – they are actually a choice we make.

Situations, people, nature, circumstances etc.. are beyond our control – they have their own momentum and path. When we are not willing to let go of that which we cannot control then we choose to move into a space of stress, worry and tension.

Acceptance and the willingness to let go and move on allows us to protect ourselves from these negative by-products of wanting to control.

Letting go of control is not just a physical thing – it is about mentally and emotionally letting go of the need to control a situation.

In the face of challenges, If we are able to stop and step into our inner space and see another perspective then it will allow us to free ourselves and move on. The longer we hold onto something, in the hope to control or change the outcome, the harder it will be to let go because the deeper will be the mental and emotional bonds to it.

When we realise the futility of control we will be able to turn to ourselves and instigate a more positive change from within.

Om Shanti

October 1, 2015 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

Forgive and Become Free

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There is often a misconception about what it means to forgive. We believe that we are doing someone a favour by forgiving them, but are we really?

What happened cannot be changed. But as long as I choose to hold onto that scene it will continue to create walls of mistrust, anger and dislike in my mind and in my heart.

The longer I hold on, the stronger these walls will grow and my future vision and actions will lack clarity. If I do not learn to let go of it, I will carry the experience of the situation with me into the future as a heavy burden.

It is not a matter of who was right or not in the situation – the question is – do I want to carry the pain of that scene with me throughout my life – allowing it to influence my thinking, feeling and responses forever more?

To forgive means to free oneself from a situation. Let go and become free.

 

Om Shanti

May 14, 2015 at 6:34 am Leave a comment

The Prison of my Personality

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Personality is the mask that I wear, the character I profess to be. Someone who is admired in society for fame, fortune, cleverness or even an entertaining nature.

The personality is so strong that it continues to express itself in return for ‘respect’, popularity and even love.

Do I sometimes feel like a prisoner of my own personality? It is my personality yet it is not me!

When I take off my mask, who am I then? Am I still not a person that society will like and accept? The mask of personality will strongly disagree and in this way it holds onto the power and keeps me imprisoned.

I need courage to step out from behind that mask. It may not be easy but I will free myself from a self-imposed prison sentence that I do not deserve. And what is more, in doing so I will reclaim my self respect and honour of just being me.

It’s time to be free.

 

Om Shanti

August 7, 2014 at 6:50 am Leave a comment

Expected Freedom

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One of our deepest and most subtle desires in life is to be free. We want to be free from the pressures, responsibilities and commitments that burden us and can continue to increase through life.

However freedom is not necessarily a physical state of being. It is not that if I have wealth, education or position I will be free. The basis of our freedom or bondage is a much more subtle energy than that: it is based on our expectations.

We are the ones that free or bind ourselves to people, places, things and even situations. We bind ourselves with our expectations of how we want people to behave, and things and outcomes to be. We continue to feed expectations with our thoughts, words and actions and in doing so we tie ourselves and our happiness to expected results.

Expectations become the chains that bind us and tie us down. The more the expectations the heavier the chains. They become the basis of our happiness and achievement and also of our loss.

Let go of expectations and become free.

 

Om Shanti

May 1, 2014 at 6:43 am Leave a comment

I Believe

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Our intentions stem from our belief about who we are, where we are and why we are here.

If we believe we are physical and mortal beings, we will believe we are here to survive as long as possible. This creates a competitive mindset. It will drive us to get what we think we need before others, leading to competition and perhaps even the fear of not getting.

If we know we are souls – immortal and imperishable energy – then survival is no longer an issue and our intentions expand to include, connect with and enlighten others. Action will embrace the ability to help others and will be fully free from fear.

How do I live my life. Who do I believe I am?

Om Shanti

March 13, 2014 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Silent Space

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When I sit in silence, away from the pulls of the physical world, I become silent deep within. The senses go beyond the attraction of seeing something, being somewhere or doing something.

In this silent and very real and honest space, in the depths of soul consciousness, it is here that realisations surface and the keys of transformation take shape.

If I don’t make time to visit this space then I will be completely oblivious to its existence. I will continue to live in the physical illusion of what is called the world and the ways of the world.

It is not necessary to experience this silent space, but to do so is to free the self from all that binds and controls me. It exposes me to a state of total liberation.

The silent space returns me to my natural state of being.

Om Shanti

February 6, 2014 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Comfort Zones

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Comfort zones make us feel safe and comfortable so we feel they must be good for us; we feel they must be our friends.

Actually comfort zones are like golden chains. We may consider them valuable, attractive and harmless, but they are the chains that bind us and prevent freedom and growth.

Like a bird perched on the branch of a tree wanting to fly. It may flap its wings with full force and enthusiasm but without success. It may complain how it tries but cannot fly. However until it is able to let go of the branch on which it is perched, it will never be possible for it to fly!

What are your comfort zones?

Om Shanti

November 14, 2013 at 7:16 am 1 comment

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