Showing posts with label appreciation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label appreciation. Show all posts

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A Pleasant Constructive Mentality

Written by Mathew Naismith

I have a fairly new hairdresser who is into spirituality, so I found out by accident. She said something today that was not only pleasant to hear but something that also showed how appreciative she is of her life especially in Australia, I don’t get to hear this too often from other people.

“As soon as I was born in Australia, I won lotto, what were the odds of me being born in Australia when so few people live in Australia compared to the rest of the world? I was born without any physical or mental problems and I was lucky enough to be born a human being in Australia instead of a cow for instance.”

This lass has certainly had here share of dramas in her life but she still knows that she won lotto when she was born in Australia, what a fantastic outlook and why not rather than thinking why would she have such an outlook!!

When going through our traumas in life it’s so easy to think how horrid life is especially at the time of the trauma.  This lass thinks, “how am I going to spend my lotto win, am I going to squander it or am I going to invest it in making my life and other people’s lives more pleasurable rather than miserable every time I go through a hard time”.  

This is why I love other people’s perspectives, it made me think, do I wisely invest my lotto win to make my own and other people’s lives more pleasurable? Not exactly but I do try to wise people up to my own perspective that other people just might benefit from as I benefited from this lass’s perspective.  I think giving a different perspective helps others think outside their own square, their own perspective, this enables them to become more aware and wiser, is this giving pleasure?

To become more aware and wise through other people’s perspectives helps us take away the effects of these traumas through a better understanding, this in turn allows us to bring more pleasure into our lives.  How many more pleasurable feeling do spiritually aware people get to others who are not spiritually aware?  I know in my case I wouldn’t have been as appreciative of life as I am now without being spiritually aware especially through other people’s perspectives, I just wouldn’t have had as many pleasing moments that is for sure.  

Next time you allow something to get you down, realise that you already won lotto and all you have to do now is wisely invest this lotto win, yes these traumas will try to get us to invest in this win unwisely but all we have to do is be appreciative of our lotto win in the first place. I can look back in all honesty and say I did this even after going through various and numerous traumas in my life; I invested my lotto win wisely through pure and simple appreciation just like my hairdresser.      

Thursday, 19 June 2014

My Views Advocated

Written by Mathew Naismith

A Message from the Hathors and Tom Kenyon

Tom Kenyon January 2, 2005
The Big Island, Hawaii

If any of my readers wondered where I am coming from with a lot of my writings, the following should clear this up to some extent. I should also point out that the following is only an extract from the link address shown below.  

I will say this again because I think it is vital to understand in our current situation:

The future is not a predetermined certainty, but rather a multi-dimensional set of probabilities and possibilities.

The message, below, addresses several areas of concern, most notably climatic and Earth changes, but their take, as in so many things, is quite unique. Essentially they are saying that we are in a very dangerous passage in regard to our physical survival, and that, seemingly unknown to us, we collectively hold a key to our survival—if we will only use it.

The key to which they refer is the act of living in ever-increasing levels of appreciation. They have commented on this to me on numerous occasions. The quasi-science on this (meaning this view is theoretical as opposed to being generally accepted by mainstream science) is that our DNA responds to our emotional state (our feelings) and then emits light and energy-patterns that affect matter. In other words, our DNA somehow affects our external reality through a process of vortex mechanics. I am not going to try to describe this here because most people aren’t interested. You can find research reports on this type of thing by doing an internet search on—DNA and consciousness. Especially check out the work of The Heart Math Institute.

In my own personal experiments with appreciation, I have found that when it is experienced for longer than a few minutes, it often produces a hypnotic-type feeling of bliss, which I equate to an increase in endorphins. At the very least, I think most of us would benefit from regular periods of appreciation/bliss in the course of our day-to-day lives.

The challenge for many persons is how to feel appreciation when there is seemingly no reason for it. I have actually addressed this question in a previous letter, when the Hathors gave a message on the importance of this emotion, about a year ago.

I think we are facing a collective and global intelligence test. If we fail to wake up in time to our power as creator-gods, taking both action and responsibility, knowing that our consciousness affects external events, we will pass into oblivion—much like the dinosaurs of old and integrity in government. We are in a time of immense chaos and transformation. Interestingly, the Chinese word for transformation consists of two ideograms—both danger and opportunity. Unquestionably, we live in dangerous times. I don’t think anyone would deny that. And the evolutionary task, I think, is for each of us to find the opportunities and take the actions to transform ourselves even in the midst of life’s increasing dangers. It would be far easier to contract into ourselves and re-treat from the world, but I think that would be a grave mistake—literally.

To make things ever more daunting, we are living in the midst of a dying world, both literally and figuratively. Just read the latest scientific reports on the condition of the ecosystem, including the melting of the polar ice caps, and it becomes crystal clear what dire shape things are in. But the death of our world also includes the collapse of our modern ways of living because, quite frankly, they are unsustainable. It hurts both the Earth and its inhabitants.

So what will the new world look like on the other side of this metaphorical (or perhaps literal) death? I don’t think anyone really knows for sure.

What the Hathors say is that we collectively hold a key to our own survival and destiny. The question is whether we will wake up in time to use it.

Final Thoughts on Pragmatism

I am a practical person and I don’t usually go for things that are too-pie-in-the-sky, so when the Hathors’ suggested that appreciation is the key for changing destiny, I hesitated.
I mean how many of us will it take living in appreciation to tip the gyroscopic balance of our destiny in favor of our collective survival? And just how many hours a day does it require to be in appreciation to be effective?

To be honest, I can’t sustain a continual state of this emotion for more than a few hours. Something always comes along to blow it. So I find myself having to regroup my mental carnival from time to time in order to re-enter the appreciative state. But when I do, it is well worth the effort. And that may be the main reason for this mental/emotional discipline—it increases wellbeing.

I don’t really know if we can tip the collective scale. I don’t mean to be a pessimist, but it is in my nature. Actually I am a strange bird, an odd mix of optimist and fatalist. I usually reside somewhere in the middle, though something can send me flying to one side or the other, like the pendulum on an old grandfather clock. But usually I just hang somewhere midway between up and down. I am the kind of guy who, when he sees a glass of water, sees it neither half full, nor half empty. It simply is.

And that’s how I see things currently in the world—it just is. Yes, I know that last sentence was technically a grammatical error. I say this for the benefit of those grammarian souls who live just for the opportunity to pounce upon a misplaced participle or whatever. Sometimes we need to abandon the rules in order to make a point. And quite frankly, I think that freedom of expression should take precedence over rules and grammarian dogma—when it is needed. In a similar vein, I think we will collectively need to abandon some of the rules we have been given on how to live a life—like not making waves and pretending that everything is alright and that we can continue to live like we are used to. If we don’t change how we are living on this planet (both in terms of outer action and inner feelings) I suspect that soon we will not have a life worth living.

So what is this isness of our world right now? Chaos. No doubt about it. Things are up in the air all over the place, and life is becoming increasingly surreal as we move closer to that mythic, often hyped, Mayan end-of-the-world-as-we-knew-it party (2012 or thereabouts, though some people are quibbling over the actual date and what it means).

On a bad day (when fatalism reigns supreme in my inner kingdom) I look at the world and wonder, what the—to use a grand old word from the King’s English—f__k is going on. I mean can we humans really be that stupid? Well, evidently yes. And on these glum days I see little hope for any movement up the evolutionary ladder. In fact, when I see the rampant stupidity going on around (and to be honest, sometimes inside) me, I think we will be forever set-back a grade and never graduate from Middle School—or is it Elementary?

Then on those wondrous optimistic days I look at the chaos of the world and know that chaos is actually a highly creative state. Anything can happen. Unpredictable miracles can and do occur (along with horrors, but that’s another story). The point is that we are in a highly volatile time and the course of events can change in a moment’s notice. I pray for this change of course every day, and in my optimistically flavored moments, I see reasons to hope that it shall be so.

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I address appreciation and acceptance so often in my posts it’s not funny….well actually it is in a way. The non-appreciation of the ego is only going to cause us more grief and the ego is who we are at present, this is like not appreciating the present when everything stems from the present moment.  We really do in my mind need to show a little more wisdom within our wisdom to change things for the better if that is what we truly want.  Just because we appreciate and accept something doesn’t mean we can’t change it, if it’s destroying more than it creates or it’s destroying everything dear to our existence then we should show a little wisdom and change this destructive course, we are all quite capable. 

Monday, 12 May 2014

Being Spiritually Appreciative

Written by Mathew Naismith

Our own perception influences us in every way and of course these perceptions of ours are in turn influenced by what ideologies we live by, the culture we live in and the experiences and knowledge we obtain as we go through life. Our perception is influenced by so many things in our life and is hard to pinpoint when we and/or others see ourselves as being negative in some way, one or more of the above mentioned can cause such negative perceptions.  Of course when we are negatively perceiving we are obviously not appreciative, this again is of course is brought about by a number of reasons as mentioned above.

Recently I witnessed a discussion between two people, they both called the creator itself something different to the other person, this was defined by both of these people following a different ideology to each other.  The discussion was noticeably conflictive.  Both these people did not appreciate each other’s belief in a creator but focused more on their set ideology; this of course gave them a different perception to each other which made them unappreciative of each other’s belief in a creator.  Of course the culture we live in and the experiences & knowledge we obtain as we go through life can also influence us in such ways giving us fixated perceptions.

This brings me to my own perceptions and appreciations. I usually refer to the creator as an intelligent universal consciousness or something simular referring that everything is of this consciousness. Because I also live in a Christianised culture I also refer to the creator as God, which of course to certain other ideological belief systems is wrong in some way. We all have our own perception, which at times, can quite unnecessary create conflicts.  

My appreciation however is somewhat different to other people in that I appreciate every moment in existing in my present ignorant state of existence, I appreciate and accept this state of existence more than if I was in a complete state of awareness.  This is of course brought on by the ideologies I follow, the culture I live in and the experiences & knowledge I have obtain in my life. You know the funniest thing is, I’m also appreciating my own aging process, it’s a huge wow to me.  This isn’t just because of friends that have passed on before being able to experience what I am now experiencing, I know they would love to be still alive today experiencing exactly what I am now experiencing.  The real reason is because of the ideologies I follow, the culture I live in and the experiences & knowledge I have obtain in my life.

Do I actually appreciate every moment of my life in every moment of my life?  No but I also appreciate this.  Yes I do think my own perception therefore awareness is different from the norm, it seems strangely positive to the max, to me this is what spiritual awareness and conscious changes are all about.  

How could anyone appreciate being ignorant, this is perceived by many as being negative but I don’t see it as being negative in anyway.   Life can be unkind and has been unkind to many throughout human history but this is brought on by our own perception.  We live in a fragmented consciousness; this is why so many seek ideologies that will defragment this consciousness to one extent or another. This is why many seek out consciousness itself (God) because this consciousness isn’t fragmented; this in turn helps balance out our fragmented existence I believe.  We can’t expect fragmented consciousness to be kind because once you fragment consciousness (God) you naturally create conflicts and ignorance, yes you could look at this fragmented consciousness as being negative but I don’t.  The main reason for this is while living in this ignorant fragmented state of consciousness we are seeing and experiencing consciousness in every way possible, to me there is no better way to become aware.  Our so called sacrifices are well and truly worth it I believe.  

I’m just in awe in what fragmented consciousness has made us aware of but of course to be aware of how fragmented consciousness is making us aware you need to first be aware of how fragmented consciousness is making us more aware.  This of course gives us utter appreciation of the whole of the collective not what we just personally perceive as being positive or worthy.