- Laurence J. Peter
To find answers we are looking for we must actively seek them out. Actively seeking is not meant in a literal sense to go out and find answers, rather it requires an activation of your mind and heart through inner and outer awareness…
Be present within every moment. The universe (higher awareness, God, etc.) is always giving us clues towards the answers that we seek. We will always find those answers within ourselves, but quite often those clues come from outside of ourselves (to be processed within). Being present within every moment allows you to actively seek the answers by activating your mind’s awareness.
Trust in yourself and the world will provide your desires. Trust that your efforts will be met accordingly. Trust in self is the most important foundation when placing trust outside of self. When a word is spoken or an action is taken, we cannot control how those intentions are received or how they vibrate amongst others – we can only trust that good will return good answers and bad will return bad answers (i.e. Karma). The world is always providing answers to our questions.
Those who do not actively seek their answers are often running away from the heart of the issue; distracting themselves with work, school, social events, technology, or reality-enhancing placebos. It is often hard to face the answers that we seek because sometimes we do not want to admit that they are true; however, their truth has been known for its whole existence – that we must take responsibility for our thoughts, our actions, and our reactions. This is an inner responsibility to be present, to understand, to be conscious, and to trust in self. Those who lack these platforms will be stuck in a never-ending cycle of looking for answers outside rather than within.
It is known that we can learn from our mistakes. We have the power to break that cycle of trial and error through a personal revelation to end one chapter and begin anew. Mistakes or regrets are not, by any means, a negative outcome - they are our present selves reflecting on our past selves with greater awareness, “If I had to do it over again, I would think, act, or react more appropriately.”
To truly learn from our trials we must reflect and not project. Reflection allows a person to look within and understand themselves, while projection turns the other cheek from self and blames others for their misunderstandings. We’re all guilty of it because the inner ego finds comfort in the known or conditioning, while trust in self yields no boundaries and is unconditionally open to all experiences.
Actively seek and the answers will flow throughout the course of your lifetime. Keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart open to any possibility as you travel along your path.
Instead of focusing on your reaction in the moment, step back and restart who you really are. The real you has no agenda. It lives in the present and responds openly to life… Let fear, anger, jealousy, resentment, victimization, or any conditional reaction arise. Don’t oppose it. Yet the minute you become aware of it, say, “You’re not me.”
If your soul is the real you, then it posses the power to transform you, once you open yourself to it. You will know that you are responding from the soul level whenever you do the following:
• Accept the experience that’s in front of you.
• Approve of other people and yourself.
• Cooperate with the solution at hand.
• Detach yourself from negative influences.
• Remain calm in the face of stress.
• Forgive those who offend or wrong you.
• Approach the situation selflessly, with fairness to all.
• Exert a peaceful influence.
• Take a nonjudgmental attitude, making no one else feel wrong.
1) Remain centered.
2) Be clear.
3) Expect the best.
4) Watch and wait.
The original question was “What are your Religious Beliefs?” and, at first, I was taken back by this because I thought, “Hey, this is a health blog!” But after some personal reflection, I soon realized how health-related Religion or Beliefs truly are…
Religion is one of the most taboo subjects to discuss objectively, yet it is one of the most prominent to be objected from group to group. I like to think of myself as having Spiritual Beliefs because the world “Religion” or “Religious” provides too many barriers, restrictions, rights or wrongs, guilt, or shame. I grew up in a Roman Catholic home and went to Catholic School from 1st to 8th grade. While I yield many of the morals and values which were instilled in me at an early age, I began to develop my own belief system in high school as I was exposed to other religions and ideas. Over my years of exploring, I experienced a much larger picture than what had been previously painted for me: There are so many Religions in this world and so many who vow that they are “right” in their beliefs, who’s to say they’re wrong? When I looked outside of myself for answers I ran into many limits and boundaries, and over time I slowly turned inward to find a place that did yield obstacles, but they were merely illusions of what I perceived to be real (meaning, I built those obstacles in my mind compared to other platforms that built them for me).
I believe in myself.
I believe that I am a part of something greater; a higher purpose.
I believe that I am as much of a part of this earth and this universe as any other living organism that has lived, is living, or will live upon, above, or within the soil.
I believe that I am a spirit living in this body to carry out my greater purpose.
I believe that I am on a non-phsyical path in a physical reality.
God, by my definition, is life. We are all living, breathing, perfectly crafted organisms that have come to be through the miracle of life. “Life finds a way” and that concept absolutely fascinates me.
I believe that arrogance towards or a neediness in “God” can be transformed into responsibility through a consciousness and awareness of self.
I believe that we are all “God.”
I believe that “God” is a part of everything and that everything is a part of ”God.”
I believe that in order to “find God,” that I need to find myself as “God” is within me.
These are my beliefs as I have developed over time and as I see fit for the current moments of my life. What are your beliefs?
A judgement is an experience of oneself. When I judge someone’s looks, I am really judging my own looks in comparison (if I’m better, equal, or worse as I define those judgement platforms). Judgements will always be an inner battle of Needs (Intuition) Vs. Wants (Ego), but it can become an outward battle when we physically act upon those judgements (when they are projected upon ourselves or upon others).
When we judge ourselves in mind (thought, emotion), we influence ourselves in body (physical reality). It is important to be aware of our judgements because they can hold consequences, both good and bad. However, it is easy to get stuck within our judgements and hold ourselves in a spot where we feel as though we cannot get out (or cannot see a need to get out no matter how much our peers may encourage that path). The problem with this situation is that we feel more comfortable being stuck than being free (comfort in chaos) - this would require us to face a hidden pain that brought on these judgements of ourselves in the first place.
Can you reach deep within [your past self] and find the hurt child or teenager that has caused you to judge yourself and others?
Judgements are necessary to help us take a wider perspective, to grow, and, ultimately, to learn about ourselves. When you have an opinion about something, whether inward or outward, ask “Why do I have that opinion?” Is that thought an unbiased opinion or a biased judgement? Who is speaking? Your Intuition or your Ego?
Your Intuition - Full awareness of your actions and their consequences, ever-present in the moment, and a complete acceptance of self. Intuition encourages the choice of what is Needed to achieve peace in the present by trusting in the future. Needs are often based on all experiences of the past (good or bad), an ability to be present/conscious within the moment, and a faith/understanding that one cannot control the future (only their present actions and reactions can encourage a future of their desires).
Your Ego - Unawareness of your actions and their consequences, imprisonment in the past, and an un-acceptance of self. Ego encourages the choice of what is Wanted to achieve an illusion of peace from moment-to-moment. Wants are often based on past negative experiences, an inability to be present/conscious within the moment, and a lack of faith that the future will work in one’s favor (because of a stuck past).
The next time you judge someone about their looks, their weight, their body, their diet, their mannerisms, their personality, their family, their friends, their past, their present, their future, their attitude, their self-destruction, their accomplishments, their drive, their talents, their inabilities, and your own experiences of them…
Consider what judgements others may have of themselves that influence their thoughts & emotions, their mentality, and their physicality (just as you do of yourself).
Nobody’s perfect, and we need to be aware and accepting of that fact.
“I love sweets. I love chocolate. I can eat so much chocolate in one sitting and I crave it basically every day. Could my body be lacking something and that’s why I crave sweets so much?”
I think the answer lies within the question…
What are you lacking emotionally that had manifested itself into a craving for chocolate; specifically, a craving for self-satisfaction, for self-gratification, or for self-fulfillment? A craving is a physical action from a non-physical desire.
Cravings, no matter what they may be (chocolate, sex, money, drugs, power, etc.), result from a mental and emotional void that must be filled. There’s nothing wrong with a craving, but they can be dangerous when they result in self-descruction (physically and non-physically).
Try to understand your craving from an non-physical level: Why do you crave? What feelings do you get when you fulfill your craving (before, during, and after)? Does your craving make the void go away or enhance it? When did your craving occur? What events lead up to your craving? And the most important question(s): Are you happy with yourself, your life, your body, your mind, your reality?
Before anyone goes diagnosing themselves with physical ailments, I encourage you to address your non-physical self first – understand the cause of an issue, not its symptoms.
“Keep Calm and Carry On”
Truly inspirational words from an inspirational generation. This video is a short documentary about the iconic poster’s history. I am posting this because the phrase is universal in any situation, then and now. Whether we find ourselves to be excited, sad, content, angry, caring, broken, loving, fleeting, fighting, or frozen – it applies.
Never lose hope in yourself and always look around to find inspiration through your perception.