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Perpetual Motion: Growth and Learning

 

I spent all of my teen and adult years up until now suffering from frequent migraines. Nothing had worked up until this past week when I seemed to find a combination of things that helped me where nothing else ever had. First I felt relieved by this and then I felt appreciation.

Why, appreciation?  

Appreciation, because every day that I learn something new I am thankful. It doesn’t matter if it’s something small or something larger.  It doesn’t matter if it’s something, like the migraine relief, that helps me personally or something that helps others. It could be something super useful, or it could just be something I find interesting.

If we leave ourselves open and receptive to new things and ideas instead of just going through the motions in life deciding we already know all we need, won’t life be more rewarding, more interesting, more satisfying?  Every new piece of information could invariably lead us to new opportunities and rewards, spiritual and/or temporal. (Plus learning just for learning sake just feels good.)

Personally, the more I learn, the more complete I feel, and the more I understand the world, and myself.

Learn Perpetually and Grow Exponentially. Today. Tomorrow. Always.

-Star

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Be Your Own Architect

A big sign of personal growth is realizing that you are dealing with things in your life better than you used to, but realizing this only after the situation occurs or at least much further into it. (As opposed to actively having to figure out how to mentally handle every new thing at its start.)

When you work hard enough to be a better, kinder, more centered you, eventually it comes more easily.

I don’t just write about trying to live a better, more positive, freer, karma friendly life. I try to live it to the best of my own abilities. I’ve spent so much time, focusing on getting rid of negative thoughts, working towards better karma, happiness, and overall balance, that I can now do things that would have been much more challenging in the past, often without even thinking about them. I just start innately doing the best possible thing. Whether it’s being kind to people I’ve have issues with in the past or dealing with the big stuff life throws my way that I can’t control with as much grace and dignity as possible. (I’ve also seen a remarkable shift in my stress levels lowering.)

Be your own Architect, build your self up to be centered, clam and kind. Negativity is easy, but it will never very make you the best you can be.

 

-Star

Karma: Energy Starts With You

To attain good Karma you must put good energy into the universe.

Do not expect to have good things and energy come your way without effort.

Making sure you take care of yourself is a very important part of this.

If you do not take care of yourself and have good energy and within yourself, what you put back into the universe will be limited.

If you take care of yourself, the good energy you put back into the universe may be limitless. 

-Star

 

Mistakes and Challenges: Perception Counts.

We make mistakes, and we come up against challenges frequently but it’s how we handle these things that mold us.

Do we break down?

Do we give up?

Do we pass our troubles off to someone else?

Or do we work hard, push on through, and ask for help when needed?

Of course some things we cannot control. In these cases, it is how we handle them that matters.

If we can handle the hard moments, with dignity and pride, and put as much good energy into a bad energy situations as possible we will see more positive outcomes. Even if the only outcome is better mental stability, peace of mind, happiness, and the creation of more positive energy in the universe.

The problems we face and mistakes we make only drag us down when we let them. Of course, we are not perfect, but if we strive to have a better outlook on life, we will see how much better our lives can be.

-Star

The Evolution of the Religious

 A person could read every text from and about a single religion, talk to people in the religion, even be part of that religion and STILL not understand it fully. Why? This is because religion and individuals are constant evolving.

In the history of the world, there have always been lives lost, people harmed and discriminated against basis on religion. What many of us fail to see this that, regardless of a religion’s text, rules, laws, governing, etc.., there will always be some of its followers who either stay steady in the whatever they consider its original intent to be or others who see the need to either push change, or to at least, make changes within themselves. Over the last 50 years or so, we’ve seen some religions evolve, maybe because they realize the only way to survive is to become kinder and more accepting? Even the church I was raised in as a child didn’t allow people of color to hold certain positions until 1978. Crazy, Right? Even now, you can have two churches in the same town, preaching the same religion, but one has evolved to be kinder and more accepting. Change in religion comes slowly but it comes.

Individuals are much the same. They may follow a religion, it may be an intricate part of their life, but they may actively or passively remove themselves from the negative elements of their belief system. They may stay with a religion despite not accepting some of the elements of it. They may live in a state of cognitive dissonance, constantly reconciling, and trying to make their religion and personal beliefs fit together. (Some/Many people spend their whole lives this way.)

We cannot understand what a person believes based solely on their religion because people are too complex. We do not know what goes on in the mind of the individual, we do not know if someone is hoping for things in their faith to change. We cannot know for certain if they will be kind and honest despite their belief system calling for something else towards some people, and we do not know what kind of cognitive dissonance a person is dealing with. Assuming that we understand any other human we do not know intimately is one of the worst mistakes we can make. (Especially since many of us do not fully understand ourselves.)

I as an individual I can condemn hate, violence, bigotry, and oppression. I also cannot personally judge an individual based on their belief system, without knowing what they personally believe. With some religions, it may be near impossible to know what someone really believes due to the nature of their belief system and where or if they diverge from their religious teaching. In these cases, I advise caution over hatred and judgment. (Hate only begets more hate.) If you decide to be cautious, don’t forget to be kind and lead by example!

I am not a perfect individual, but I will continue to decide my feelings about other human being basis on how they treat me and how they treat others. I will not be judge and jury over another human being because their religion, I only will hope the best for them. I will hope they are or will become a kind, loving person, regardless of anything else.

– Star

 

 

 

 

Achieving the Unattainable

I am always trying to find balance in everything in life. (Mostly because I spent my youth without it.) Expecting to achieve that perfect balance in all aspects of our lives is an unattainable goal. While we should not expect perfection, we should continue to strive for balance anyways. (We cannot expect  perfection because we cannot control the actions of others or the world around us, and trying to leads to more chaos/unbalance.)

One of the things we need to strive for balance is in self-care and care for others. If we only ever put ourselves first there is no balance, or if we only ever put others first there is also a problem. (I’ve found myself in the latter category most of my life.)

On a daily basis, I try to think, what do I have to do today? How could these things help or affect my partner, pets, family, and friends etc… How can I help others while helping myself?

Working towards balance in this and all things is one of the most centering, rewarding, and often helpful things we can do for ourselves and others in this existence.

-Star

 

Animals Understand. Why can’t We?

Even my cats understand that water is life.

I have one cat that will literally drink water from anything…a bowl, the sink, the toilet if you let him, even the snow off your shoes. Animals understand the importance of natural resources. (My cats even cherish every box and bag made from every tree we destroy.)

We know that we are made up of mostly water, we know we need it to survive, but we forget how important it is anyways. We start to filter our water at home for freshness or we buy from fresher sources overseas where it is yet untainted and all this as we continuously destroy the resources around us, in the name of money and progress. Water is life if we destroy our water sources we destroy ourselves.

We think of karma in terms of how we treat each other. Karma is also determined by how we treat Mother Earth.

Mother Earth is precious. Water is Life.

-Star

Understanding the Gray in Good vs. Evil.

Two Questions:

  1. A mother kills her infant, she does so on purpose. Should she be punished?
  2. A mother kills her infant, she does so on purpose. She does so because her infant is crying, and her village has been attacked if she does not smother the child many more lives than that one life will be lost. Should she still be punished?

Many people will answer the first question. Yes, she needs to be punished without a doubt, there is no gray area in it. Yet we did not take the time to ask more questions, we not take the time to understand, and we were quick to judge. If we asked more questions, we might see that even something like taking another’s life is not always exclusively good or evil. Some choices are so hard, no one should have to make the. Yet, people have to make hard choices for themselves and their families, sometimes often.  We should strive to be patient and understanding of their struggles, if even if believe we would have made a different choice in the same situation. Even if their choice is against our personal outlook. (Unless it is directly causing harm (especially without good reason) to us or others.)

We were not put on this world to judge one another. We are here to learn from and understand each other and evolve from those experiences.

-Star

 

Off Kilter

Yesterday was a completely off-kilter, unbalanced day. I couldn’t seem to do anything without tripping myself up, there seemed to be chaos buzzing in the air. I ended up putting the Nawang Khechog station on at work to focus.

( Nawang is a wonderful  Tibetan flute player and composer.)

I know some of us will do anything to protect ourselves from chaos and negative energy. We all have our own rituals, whether  mental or  physical. (Even if it’s just that morning cup of coffee.) Personally, I love some good sage.  I love the smell of it when it burns, and it reminds me to be centered, balance and serves as a sort of psychic protection.

Does anyone else have any rituals daily of otherwise, they used to ready themselves for the day and whatever it might throw at them?

“Only the Sith deal in absolutes.” -Obi-Wan

Today I had someone online, a friend of a friend, end their response to an earnest inquiry I made with telling me if I wasn’t helping people who are being actively oppressed then I was the oppressor. That neutrally doesn’t exist. (We are going to come back to the way I see this as untruth, in my personal case.)

“If you are not helping the oppressed you are the oppressor,” gives me flashbacks to my youth and “If your not part of the solution your part of the problem.” Different words meaning basically the same thing.

Every situation in this world is a matter of perspective with both or all sides thinking they are right.

When Obi-Wan said,”Only the Sith deal in absolutes,” this is actually a hypocritical statement. The statement in itself is an absolute, which would make him Sith. Telling someone if they are not on your side they are on the enemy’s side is an absolute, and we can not have balance our world or in our lives living in absolutes or imposing them on other people.

Now this person writing to me didn’t know me personally. I am a peaceful, pacifist, queer, pagan, who does not identify with either major American party and am the last person to be an oppressor. It is both possible and okay for me to not take sides on an issue when I am searching for facts  and questioning everything before I decide how I feel. I do have causes that I support, where I feel like I have enough information and I feel like a group of people is being oppressed and I need to stand by them. (I’ve stood on the side of the Water Protectors in whatever ways I can.) Perhaps, I could see that person’s statement holding validity if I stood by and did nothing, and wasn’t looking for information to form my opinion, which isn’t the case.

If I am not standing on the side of people you think are being oppressed, it’s not for lack of empathy or  compassion,  I’m just working through the mounds of information, misinformation, and hate before I can take a stance. I need to understand before I can stand up. If that makes some people label me as something I am not, so be it. I know I am a kind-heart amazing, human being made up of understanding, compassion, emotions and logic, no one can take that from me.

-Star