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The Inner World

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I turn inwards and through the window of my inner eye, I look into the world within.

I watch and I listen to the incessant internal chattering and the scenes of drama that are being enacted. I see the various characters of my personality at play. How the ‘goodness’ within is influenced by other more negative aspects of the self. How jealousy plays out its role and greed and even irritation. And the biggest and strongest player of all is that of my ‘all knowing’ ego.

I observe that these negative characters actually ‘fight’ for me, for what they believe to be advantageous for me. However in doing so they weaken and even kill the purest and honest ‘goodness’ that I possess intrinsically and naturally within the soul.

It is my own inner world and I am the hero of this world – yet I allow the characters to play out their parts without any direction or control. The responsibility actually lies with the self, The Director, and not the characters or the play.

Let me wake up to my inner world and let me play my hero part there.

When my inner world is healthy then the outer one will follow suit.

 

Om Shanti

July 21, 2016 at 6:45 am Leave a comment

Am I a puppet?

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When others act in a way or say things that I view as not ‘correct’ it gives rise to questions such as – ‘why can’t they behaviour differently?’

Questioning in this way, about something or someone that is not in our control, will undoubtedly cause disturbance within my thoughts and thus my feelings. If I hold onto these over time then they can lead to irritation and anger.

I may be a perfectionist, I may want people to be ‘good’ all the time but this stems from having the attitude of superiority. Subtly I feel I am better, I would not behave in such a manner and hence I place myself in a position to judge and criticise others.

I may well view myself as being ‘perfect’ but this habit of projecting my own values and standards on other – looking at others and judging them – always leads to me de-stabilising my own self mentally and emotionally. The moment I feel myself getting upset or angry with a situation then it is time to turn within and and observe the self..

Irritation or anger cannot arise without either there being ego of the self, or attachment to a person or idea or even the greed of wanting more. These seeds of negative qualities give rise to negative feeling.

Whenever I find myself being emotionally and mentally challenged – it is an opportunity to check the self from within and change the seed. If I don’t do this then I will forever be a puppet which is controlled by what is going on around me.

 

Om Shanti

January 21, 2016 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

Internal Corruption

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We are so aware of the various forms of corruption that happen in the world. Each day we hear news of yet another scandal – another person trying to cheat the people and the law of the land.

Internally in our own personality, within the human soul, there is also a government of righteousness that rules. When that government is deceived or the laws of that land are broken then the penalties are also experienced.

Am I aware of the corruption going on inside? Am I aware of the characters at play in my own internal world?

Ego will make me do things to ensure regard, respect and popularity. Greed and Attachment will instigate fear within and thus encourage the need to dominate and control. And anger will raise its head when my desires are not fulfilled.

Is there corruption going on in my inner world?

 

Om Shanti

January 16, 2014 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Hall of Mirrors

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A mirror allows me to see myself in a way that others see me but which I cannot otherwise see.

When we walk into a Hall of Mirrors we are able to see many different reflections of ourselves from different perspectives. We may appear short, or tall, fat or thin etc. Each mirror holds a different vision of me which reflects back for me to see.

We often talk about relationships as mirrors. Different people consistently generate uncomfortable feelings in us or make us react in a certain way. Instead of blaming or avoiding these people, if we can see these relationships as our mirrors for ourselves we will be able to see something about ourselves which we may not be aware of.

Low self-esteem and we appear short, over ambitious, and perhaps greedy, appearing fat, egotistical and tall or maybe trying to deceive others or myself and appearing crooked.

When we see that the image in the mirror is not right then we will take action to correct it – after all we don’t want others to see us like that.

Are you checking yourself in the mirrors that come in front of you?

 

Om Shanti

December 5, 2013 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

The Power to Discern

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To discern means the power to differentiate between, for example, what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’, what is ‘good’ and what is not. It is the power to know – an aspect of being knowledge-full.

What clouds my ability to discern with accuracy?

Greed and Desire do not allow me to see what is needed but only show me what I want.

Attachment will make me defend the thing I am attached to, whether it is right or wrong.

Anger is based on subtle fear and always challenges situations to keep me in the comfort zones I have created.

Ego is based on an attitude that “I already know”. It doesn’t allow me to see all the facts in the equation but assume them.

In any situation, when the power of discernment is needed, I first need to check that my judgement is not being clouded by those five vices.

 

Om Shanti

November 28, 2013 at 9:23 am 1 comment


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