Being

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to watch an 18-minute video by Jill Bolte Taylor.  It’s an incredibly moving and insightful video by a person who had a stroke, but not just any person, she is a brain scientist and researcher.  This started my thinking here. Are we a being and are we being?

 

There is so much to life and to do in life. We have to think about and do our daily chores, go to work, care for family, earn money and it goes on and on. Rarely do we sit and contemplate our lives or life itself.  You know, really think about who we are, what we do, why we do it, how we relate to others, why are we here, what’s our role, etc., etc.  Most of the time we think about how we are going to pay the bills, save for retirement, what’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, when we will make time for chores, or seeing friends or being with our significant other and of course it goes on and on.  Even in our daily routines, we are usually living in the past or the future and rarely, if ever living in the present. 

 

There’s a wonderful story about life being like a train ride.  You make plans to see some one in another town and you decide to take the train from your town to theirs.  It’s a long ride with many stops in between.  At those stops you could get off for a while and see what’s there and have that experience.  But all you think about is when you’re going to arrive at your final destination, because at you final destination you will see your friend and be happy.  Well we sort of live our life this way, don’t we?  If we’re not thinking about the problems of the past or how the past affects our daily lives, we are thinking about the future and how things will be better when we reach that future date.  When my kids are grown I’ll be able to do what I want.  When I finish school I’ll be able to start a career.  When this week is over I’ll be free this weekend to go boating or just relax.  I think you get my point.  We are rarely living in the present.  And what is the present?  It is exactly that, a present, a gift.  It is in this moment that we are creating the past and the future.  It is this moment that if we do not live it fully, appreciate it, discover in it, use it and be happy in it that we loose it, always waiting for the next moment that will be better and when we will be happy. If we live each moment with joy, if we at least learn to appreciate each moment, if we make each moment count and are happy in this moment, then there is no unhappy past and we don’t have to think about the better future because whatever the future is we will be happy just as we are now.  Can you now answer; are you being? 

 

Jill Bolte Taylor’s story is about how we are all connected.  You see our left hemisphere of the brain holds the all the information we have learned from birth so we can learn how to walk and talk, read and write, and go about our daily routines, etc.  The right brain is all about the here and now, it is not just our artistic side but connects us to the rest of the universe, kinesthetically.  Our right hemisphere is our sensory side, processing all of the information from sights, sounds and more and thinks in color and smells and touch. It connects us to every atom not just in our bodies, but also to other beings.  It connects us!  Meaning we are all connected to one another, physically and spiritually.  Yes, each atom of your body is connected to the atoms in the air and water, which are connected to everything air and water touches, which is you and me, and plants and tress, and birds and animals, and mountains and land, and rivers and oceans, and, and everything. If we did not have a left hemisphere just as Jill lost from a brain tumor, which is why she could not communicate, or walk, we would be the spiritual beings we really are without having a human experience.

 

So are we being or not being?  We are human beings, being who we are, but not being all we can be.  Being, what a concept.  Don’t just contemplate your day, live your day.  I guarantee that if you start it with a smile and you give that smile to everyone you meet it will be a start of living in the moment.  And if you actually appreciate each moment by living in the present you are given and doing at least one thing that you love you will have a past with no regrets and the future will take care of itself.

 

So I ask you, “How do you eat an elephant?”  Well, it’s one piece at a time. That’s the way to start living.  One minute at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time. Yes, we are in human form and the daily routines can take us off the path and make it hard to live spiritually. Think about who you are underneath this human form. You are a spirit.  So, if you can remember this only once a day in the beginning of your new spiritual self and use it only once when faced with a decision of being happy or sad, to be happy or instead of reacting badly acting lovingly, then it is a step in the right direction.  Being right, really means being in the right hemisphere of love and connection.

 

Finally, go to:

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

 

If you can’t link up, go to http://www.Ted.com and search her name, Jill Bolte Taylor. 

 

Namaste,

 

Arthur

Love the Only Answer

So the first question I asked myself is why now? Why am I presenting this material to you?  Well, just like Neale Donald Walsh (Conversations with God series) and many of you, I’m having one of my many conversations with God, and I understood it was time.

 

I have had a passion for speaking and presenting for decades.  And although I’ve done it for corporations I’ve never done it for myself, for my passion, and I wasn’t sure what to speak about.  I mean there is so much in this universe of knowledge to share, so where do I begin, what resonates for me?  I have been on a spiritual path for decades and it seems oh such a slow process, but then again now that I have finally reached the place I need to be, it really has gone by quickly.

 

My heart has finally truly opened up and found a place for everyone.  To put aside judgments, to put aside petty issues, to put aside blaming and to know true love.  Often I have said that there are only a few things that everyone wants in this life and that is love, shelter, and food.  When you think about it that’s all there really is.  Of course there are different forms of love and ways of feeling love.  Like love for a parent, or love for a child, or love for a significant other, or a friend, or someone that needs help, but love is really Love.  In it’s purest form it is to give with an open heart all the universe has to offer.  It is to open your arms to everyone and anyone who needs you.  I know you see this.  For in giving look how much you receive.  You get that love back ten, a hundred, a thousand fold; actually it is immeasurable. And regarding shelter and food, well that resonates differently for each of us, whether you want a small place in the woods, or a place on the beach, a palatial estate or just a tent.  And of course food, wow, most of us would love to eat everything and anything available the choices and combinations are unfathomable.

 

As I write this there is interference from my ego, this is what we call monkey chatter.  Questions about why me, why do I have the right to present this to you?  Does this put me above others? Yet I truly know that what I am presenting to you is from love and only want all of us to realize, to understand that we are the same, we are the same, we are the same.  Think, right now, right this second about whom you are.  Feel deep down into your soul and feel the love and compassion you have for someone else.  Perhaps it’s just one or two others, or perhaps it’s for a small circle of people, but you know that it can be bigger.  How many times have you seen other people in distress and you wanted to reach out and help and you did.  You didn’t know them, but you knew you wanted to do something to help, didn’t you.  You could do that everyday and every minute for yourself and everyone around you.

 

Think about how you act and react now to those closest to you.  Your family, your friends, your co-workers etc.  Now I want you to take a deep breath, a very deep breath and look around you.  Look at the person next to you, behind you, in front of you, and all around you.  You have judgments about each of them without realizing it most of the time.  In ten seconds you have sized them up and made decisions about who they are and whether you like, or could like, them or not.  Why do we do this?  We do this out of fear.  Fear of not knowing, not knowing if they will like you, if they will hurt you physically or financially, if they don’t physically measure up to your standards and more.  They are so different from me, how can we be compatible. Whatever the reason, STOP! Stop the judging! Just because you don’t know them doesn’t make them bad, it only makes them different.

 

I’m not a religious person, in the sense of believing in one secular organization who believes that their belief about God or a God or Gods is the true way to think and be.  And Because I don’t have a particular religious belief doesn’t mean that I believe that religious organizations are bad, they may help many see the light.  Whatever light that is, as long as it doesn’t harm, disparage, denigrate or cast aspersions on someone else. Believing that you see the light is great, but the key is being the light.  Each of us has a piece of the light, each of us is light and it is the light in each of us that makes the universe shine. We are God and God is us.

 

If you think about the basics again, that is the basics of what we need, love, shelter and food, why do we need millions of laws. There are so many laws made by man it’s impossible not to be outside of them at sometime.  You see there are only a few basic laws that if we adhere to them make all the other laws un-necessary; they are: don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal, and don’t hurt another physically or verbally.  There are ten in the commandments and basically they say the same thing with a few more about not having any other Gods, etc.  Again, I say I am not placing one religion over another because of what and how they believe for what you believe now is right for you.  Just don’t allow your beliefs to interfere with someone else’s beliefs. Imagine that we all get along by my not trying to make you believe the way I do.  Yes, it’s comforting to know that we have similar thoughts, because we all really want to be like everyone else that we see as normal, which makes us normal, but we don’t have to.  We are all normal and abnormal depending on who views us.  If we allow others to live as they wish within the laws of don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal, and don’t hurt another physically or verbally, then how can anything go wrong.  Wow, do you think it’s possible? Some will say it’s utopian, but why not go for the gusto. Just think about if you and someone else were the first people on this earth; what would you do?  Of course you would be Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or vice versa.  Now that’s probably heaven.  But you see, even with my saying this someone out there is saying why them how about Joe Blow and Sandra Smith or Sandra Smith and Betty Wilson or Joe Blow and Mike Wilson (no relationship to Betty).  What I’m getting at is that it’s okay to be different just don’t try to make everyone else be like you.  It’s the differences and allowing the differences that make our world go round. It’s how we learn and create and improve.  Our differences create wondrous things. Be who you want to be and let others be who they want to be.  Give love openly and receive love without question. And begin creating a new wonderful life for yourself and do the things your passionate about.  Life is really too short to do anything else.  Be love and be happy.  Now smile and share it with everyone you see.

 

With love and abundance,