One of the keys to personal transformation is self knowledge. The ancient sages exhort us to know thyself. Indeed, this is the whole purpose of a spiritual practice. Looking inward is all one needs to know and understand oneself, the universe and life.
There are many doors that open inward for self discovery. One of these is through the understanding of our emotions. Taking a peep at any one of our unpleasant feelings and then tracing it all the way to its root cause will invariably bring us face to face with fear.
Fear is the mother of all negative feelings. All other negative feelings are merely manifestations of fear in various degree of intensity. According to Lester Levenson, the founder of the Release Technique, all our feelings and wants can be traced back to our need to fulfill 3 primary wants – wanting approval, wanting control and wanting safety.
In my opinion, these 3 primary wants themselves have their roots in fear – fearing separation or loneliness, fearing loss of control and fearing loss of security. As we trace the root of these 3 fears further, we come face to face with the primary cause – the erroneous belief in a separate and distinct self.
In order for us to sustain a belief in a distinct self, we must naturally separate ourselves from the Source of All. Since the Source is the provider of everything, this separation further brings with it a sense of loss and in particular a sense of loss of security and control.
To end fear, we must then rectify this primary erroneous belief.
For more on fear, go here
A lot has been said about the power of intention, yet many still do not get its true significance. This article is written with the intention (no pun intended) to clarify by looking at the mental components and processes of intention. Once you have seen the full picture, it will be easier to understand why intention is so powerful.
One of the limitations of conveying a message or meaning with words is that the word itself has deeper meanings which we do not see, thus we miss out the deeper processes and qualities that are associated with the particular word. Intention is one such word. To understand it, we need to look deeper.
Definition of Intention
The definition of intention is, according to Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, a determination to act in a certain way. Intention, therefore, is a desire to act. We can see here that there are two very important components to the quality of intention.
The first is the desire or determination and the second is the action involved. For intention to work for you, both components must be there.
The desire we talk about here is one that is clear and is associated with a will or determination to act on the desire. This clear desire or intent in our mind is our asking or letting the universe know that this is what we want to manifest. The act of publicly declaring your intention works to clarify what you want as well as to strengthen your resolve to act on it. You become committed. You are bound by your words. You also weakened your inner resistance to your stated intention.
When your intention is clear, the universe can easily process the instructions you gave it. This is in contrast to a wishy-washy, uncertain, non-committal kind of desire or wanting that serves only to confuse the universe and everyone else trying to help you. Ask and it is given, and with a clear committed intention, the universe obediently gives you what you asked for.
The Art of Allowing
However, asking is only the first step in the process of creation. The next step is allowing yourself to receive. This process of allowing is not as simple as it seems for it requires great faith in the universe. You cannot receive if you do not believe that the universe will provide.
This is an interesting paradox.
When you do not believe that the universe will provide, then you get exactly what you believe. In this case, you get nothing. When this happens, then it unfortunately reinforced your lack of trust in the universe and perpetuates the vicious cycle of distrust in the universe.
On the other hand, when you have absolute faith in the universe, you get what you believe and what you asked for gets manifested for you.
Thus the world’s most famous manifestor said, “Ask and know that it is done, and you shall receive it.”
In short, ask – believe – receive!
So, what can we do if we do not believe in the universe? How can we replace this limiting belief with a better one? There are in fact many methods to transform our beliefs. We will delve into this in another article.
To receive, you have to act on the little coincidences, synchronicity and opportunities that seem to come to you at the right place at the right time. Acting on them in alignment with your intention will move you towards your goal, which is the manifested product of your intention. Intention, then, is the cause and your goal manifested the effect. This is true for all creation. Each must begin in the mind (intention) and ends in physical manifestation (form).
A good friend of mine recommended the book “Zero Limits” by Joe Vitale and Dr. Hew Len to me recently. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.
Dr. Hew Len, a psychologist and the practitioner of this amazing Hawaiian system of healing, and his eager student Joe Vitale, presented a way of healing and cleansing all the unwanted programs in our mind that is simple yet effective. So effective, in fact, that the good doctor – using this method – was able to heal a whole ward of criminally insane patients without the need to even hold a one-on-one consultation with them.
The book is easy to read, and can be very challenging for some people as it challenges many of our strongly held beliefs about life, the universe and how things work. It is a system that held us 100% responsible for everything that we experience, and I mean everything – no exception.
I highly recommend this book.
Ilya Prigogine, Chaos and Order
Ilya Prigogine was born in Russia, studied in Belgium and eventually worked in USA. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1977 for his definition of dissipative structures and their role in thermodynamic systems far from equilibrium.
Bill Harris of Centerpointe Research Institute used his theory on chaos and re-organization in an open system to explain the evolution of our brain and consciousness in his book Thresholds of the Mind.
In any open system, when input of additional energy reached a threshold, the system will respond in either one of two ways. It will either collapse or it will re-organize itself into a more complex and efficient new system that will be able to cope with the additional energy.
In his work with thousands of participants of his workshops and his Holosync program, he found that this theory explains how the brain evolves when it has to cope with higher level of stress. The individual either respond to the additional stress level by dissipating the extra energy through anger outbursts, anxiety, or other distracting activities such as alcohol, drugs, sex and increased “doing” or blocking or shutting out the extra stress through isolating oneself from society and activities (which manifests as depression or illnesses).
This chaos in the system will eventually have to make way for a newer and more complex system that can handle the additional stress. In other words, the new system has a higher threshold that can deal with the additional stress.
In truth, it is not the people and situations in our life that leads to all the discomforts in our life. Rather, it is our resistance to the inevitable change. Once we understand this and are able to witness the symptoms as a passive observer instead of resisting them, the discomforts become much more manageable.