If one has ever experienced the death of someone close to their-self then one knows the pain and bewilderment that goes along with the apparent ending of the loved one. What happens when we die? Do we Reincarnate? Do we go to some other Dimension (some call this heaven or hell)? Do we cease existence and recombine with the earth?
Some cultures believe the soul continues on to another plane of existence and never truly dies it just sheds the body and continues on. In other cultures our soul continues on and on through multiple existences until we reach an awakening moment and then we proceed on to the next plane of existence. Only western european cultures believe in either eternal blessings or damnation, which is at odds with every other culture in the world. From the perspective of the author, the only thing for sure is we do not know what happens after we die, but it definitely is not as the western europeans see it.
May those who have gone before us find the end to the suffering, find the end of unrest, and find peace!
Beyond Time and Space we come to the present …
Beyond Time and Space we go to the Past …
Beyond Time and Space we see the future …
All are wrapped into one instance, no beginning, no end. continuity!
This is the realm in which we can change ourselves.
The realm of the One, of the Universe, of the Cosmos!
Usually when it comes to things unseen I am a skeptic until experiencing their effect for myself. This being said, about six months ago my sciatic nerve became inflamed and pain shot from where it exits in the lower back down through the buttocks and down the right leg causing eventually strong muscle cramps. The pain was to a point that I went to a doctor to see what could be causing the pain. The radiologist took x-rays of the lower back and buttocks yet there not any issues with the spine or any other straightforward medical causes. So I was given a steroid to reduce the inflammation and it did, but it also caused the muscle cramps in the leg to become worse, as steroids often can do. Eventually the pain went away in the right leg and normality returned. Until recently when the pain returned but this time in the left leg, although the muscle cramps were not disabling as they were in my dominant right leg. I had more X-Rays taken and found out that I have a mild narrowing of the spine in a location where I had an intuitive feeling there was. This narrowing of the spine causes the sciatic nerve to be pinched at times, and then the signals from the nerve become blocked and cause the familiar sciatica pain.
So using my experience with yoga, I turned to yoga for an answer to what could help limber up the lumbar region lower back. Two poses which I have found that have helped are the Head-to-knee forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana) and Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana).
These two poses along with some more traditional stretches have helped to open my spine up and allow the energy to flow normally again. Hopefully, those suffering with sciatica pains may find some relief with these yoga poses and by consulting with a Physical Therapist for other exercises, without having to resort to surgery, or steroids.
What better time to start the year than on the day that the light overcomes the dark and the days get longer? The Winter Solstice in its majesty teaches us 1) that astronomy is fun and that 2) that the light does overcome the dark. That the light will arise in us and awaken our inner eye and we will see in a way we have not seen before. What a perfect time to start the new year!
We will look back at all the craziness surrounding the Mayan calendars one day and laugh. You see, recently they have discovered other Mayan calendars that continue on where the last ones left off. On top of this many Mayan ancestors to this day in Guatemala have been telling everyone who would listen that the new-age crazy people who want so much for the world to end to corruption, violence, hate etc, and open up into a new world with fluffy cats pouring in from another dimension to take place, are wrong! Sorry folks, this just is not what will happen. Sure you can have some fun with an ancient calendar ending and a new one beginning, but do not use it as an opportunity to con other people out of money. The only realization is that the world will get better if people actively participate in making it a better place. If you want to make the world a better place why not donate to a charity who could use the money like the Compassionate Action Network. May your new year be full of Joy and Wonder!
“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Don’t Leave home without your towel. While this advice may sound corney, it is not. This is to show how sometimes in life humour is needed to lighten a path that otherwise may seem gloomy.
Towels are always useful, if you are out driving and get caught in a rainstorm walking to your car, and rain gets in your car you have something to dry off with. If you need a handy pillow, then roll up your towel, and viola instant pillow. Or maybe you are taking a nap outside and do not want the sun in your eyes, then you can use your towel to cover up your eyes. Say a meteorite falls to the ground and is very hot, then you have something you can pick it up with. If you have a cat, then you have an instant cat bed.
Hopefully now you can appreciate the practicality and humor a simple object can afford. How it can bring a smile to your face, and improve your mood if you are feeling depressed.
Lately while reading Frank Herbert’s book Dune, I was struck once again by the Litany against Fear, and how powerful words can be in manifesting a state of calm in our minds. Here is the Litany against Fear for those not aware of it:
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Then while contemplating the litany the following extra part came to my awareness:
As the worlds are connected, we live in the middle between earth and heaven, between thought and matter, we have the power to control the realm, to create and destroy. We must chose our own path.
There is not a past; present; future; There is only NOW
This is one of the more inspiring things I have come across lately. It has the ability to free the mind and carry it to a point where all things are possible.
Lately I have taken up reading again; well, reading science fiction novels. When I was younger I enjoyed reading science fiction books, spending many a summer day out of the heat reading away. These novels influenced me in subtle ways that still flow through me today. Often when talking to people about what books they read, they will say that they only read non-fiction, that they do not like the “unreality” of fictional novels. In my opinion we need a balance in life, not to hot, not to cold. Reading only one type of book leaves our minds in an unbalance, seeking, craving the “unrealities” that make it thrive for new possibilities.
To start things back on the sci-fi reading track I chose Frank Herbert’s Dune, In my younger years of working in bookstores I remember hearing Dune mentioned frequently as a excellent work of science fiction. So I am finally reading it after watching the Sci-Fi mini-series Dune and Children of Dune. For me this is more of a coming back to my roots of my joy of reading that through the years has gone down the meandering road from fervent reading to laxidasical reading. I hope by reading this you are inspired to pick up a book (you know those paper things) and sit down and enjoy a good mental journey into the unknown.