Archive for October 2013

It All Happens For A Reason

It is a fact that we don’t see all there is before us, our eyes ability is limited to see this dimension only, our brains filter out other information that it deems is unnecessary. What we conceive as reality in our minds may all be an illusion created by our mind, thus becoming the greatest lie of all. It is true that we alone are the sole architect who can create and form our reality. Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling? The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly; distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.

Imagination is all an illusion, a vision of what was, is, could be, a conception of a thought brought into reality by the wandering of an ever restless mind. Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces. Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

As you perceive reality When you argue with reality you are going to loose. I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal. Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. Until we realize that things might not be we cannot realize that things are. Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. People see the world not as it is, but as they are. Reality is not always probable, or likely. Don’t dwell on reality; it will only keep you from greatness. Reality bites… and doesn’t let go. One might speak to great length of the three corners of reality what was seen, what was thought to be seen, and what was thought ought to be seen. Time and memory are true artists; they remold reality nearer to the heart’s desire. There are some people, who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.

The reality of life is that your perceptions — right or wrong — influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place. There are intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters. It takes only one other person to say it’s so-one other point of reality to make something real.


If Not Now, When!

Have you started to think about what changes you would like to make in this moment? Who do you really want to be? It’s your time; will you take it higher? Stop judging and start committing. Where you are currently is just a result of all you have thought and done in the past. If you want a different future, simply commit to life-enhancing changes. If you hate where you are and thinking only about what you don’t like, you are giving life exactly what you want to let go of. Bring love in and think about exactly what it is you do want.

When you are thinking about the changes you want to make in your life: ask what you want? Why do you want it? Are you willing to commit to what you want? Can you do it? Will you do it? Do you act out of love? How will your life be different afterwards? How will you be different afterwards?

Take whatever steps you can take every day and know that whatever you can do is enough, but important is do what you can do. Show the powerful intention to make the changes you would like to see. If you intend and expect the best for your future, it is a universal law that that is exactly what you will see. Make the process of creating and living a life you love, in a body you love, a loving promise you make to yourself, and let this be the moment, because if not now, when?

Every human being possesses a creative capacity. Pure energy is emanating from the source of the universe, and each of us receives a steady supply of this energy. How we use it from moment to moment determines our own future and the future of the world. This universal energy has infinite potential. Each of us assigns a shape to that energy by means of our thoughts and words. This is the process of creation.

Posted October 28, 2013 by dranilj1 in Life Lessons

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You Are In Charge Of Your Own Happiness

Life teaches many things, time and again in ways one fails to understand at the time. One may completely lack self confidence and esteem, making one painfully shy and severely depressed. At times, we feel like giving up. Such things are given to us to make us realize that we are in charge of our life. We can stand up for ourselves and take charge that we do matter, and it feels great! Self esteem and self confidence are the prerequisites for happiness and success.

We tend to forget we are in charge and will allow external events knock us sideways. Depression may set in and one feels helpless, lost and lonely once again. We have to find the internal strength we all have, remind ourselves that we are not helpless and can get out of this, and that is exactly what anyone can do. Find that part of you that can deal with anything, nurture it, encourage it, and make it bigger.

Remember you are in charge of your thoughts, your life, your reactions and your emotions. Bad things will happen, or events we don’t see coming, but when we are in charge of ourselves, we can deal with it and find a way through. While we may at times feel sad, disappointed, hurt or rejected, we know this is a temporary state, we should support ourselves and move through, knowing it won’t be long until the next lot of laughter.

You should love the self no matter what. When we like ourselves, everything in life is so much easier. There is always someone there to provide support and encouragement, always someone is there to tell us it too will pass. There is always someone there when you need a good talking. It is impossible to feel alone or unloved.

Loving yourself just as you are is the one thing everyone has to do. It is easier to change the things you want to. Many are terrified of changes, of failing or succeeding, of rejection or loneliness, not wanting to stand out or make a difference. But as we learn to love and support ourselves we will flourish, fears fall away and life is there to be enjoyed once again.

So don’t struggle through life, don’t let fear stand in the way. Take charge and love who you are, stand out, make yourself heard, support yourself every step of the way.

We are all absolutely, perfectly fabulous, just as we are.

Purify Mind

A human being through training and practice has the highest enlightened mental state. A human being, through the purification process of one’s own mental state, can become an enlightened being. Even Buddha too needed hard work to get the final enlightenment.

In his previous lives, Buddha like others in the Indian tradition was sometimes a human being and sometimes was an animal, but as his practice became higher and deeper, in his last birth was a human being as the son in one small kingdom. At that stage, he was enlightened.

All sentient beings have Buddha Nature. The seed of Buddha means consciousness or the cognitive power; which is the seed of enlightenment. All the destructive things can be removed from the mind and there is no reason to believe that a sentient being cannot become Buddha. Every sentient being has that seed.

Buddha in the public eye is still a human being. He acted like a human being. Sometimes he failed to influence some people. He sometimes wants to express his sort of sadness like that or disappointment. Buddha failed to perform any miracle. Buddha says, “Sadness is due to individuals’ karma.” Buddha could not change anyone’s karma. Buddha taught how to change one’s own karma. Unless we change emotion, change action, Buddha cannot do much. Unless we carry certain discipline and create a positive karma, the consequences we have to face, have to take.

In order to develop unbiased infinite love, you first need the practice of detachment. Detachment does not mean to give up desire. Desire must be there. Without desire, how can we live our life? Without desire, how can we achieve Buddhahood? The desire to be harmful is bad. Desire to self right is the concept of ego, I, self, itself is nature. To develop self confidence and willpower, we need a sense of strong self. Strong will is necessary to tackle all these biological factors of hatred and anger. Self-confidence is very important, but the ego which has no regards to other’s right is bad. The egotistic attitude based on ignorance is negative. Egotistic feeling based on reasons is positive.

Whether Buddha’s physical body is there or not, Buddha’s spirit is always there. Buddha also stated “you are your own master.” Future and everything depends on what we do now. Buddha’s responsibility is just to show the path.

Posted October 24, 2013 by dranilj1 in Buddha

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Buddha Nature

If you talk much, it will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others. Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are offered.

Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through. Your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.

None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. But if you toil without rest, fatigue and weariness will overtake you, and you will be denied the joy that comes from labor’s end.

Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice. If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.

Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered. Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten. Instead, nurture love within you and strive to be a friend to all. Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.

Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside, to be alone with yourself. Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.

Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather then blame and condemnation.

You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.

Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.

Posted October 24, 2013 by dranilj1 in COGNITION

People Literally Can Feel Pain of Others

Experience of ‘auras’ around people may be result of a neuropsychological condition called synesthesia. Synesthesia is a fascinating condition which causes a cross-wiring of the senses. People with it find they can taste numbers or associate particular colors with certain people. It is a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color. A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain. It is the description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another.

Rather than being weird, spooky or mystical, it is now a recognized neuropsychological phenomenon which is thought to affect about 4% of the population. Synesthesia may help to explain the claim that people have auras; a subtle field of energy around them, which can be read. It may be that seeing this ‘energy field’ is a type of synesthesia.

One example of this cross-over between New Age beliefs and recognized neuropsychological phenomena is the case of Esteban, a faith healer from southern Spain. Researchers from the University of Granada have examined him and found that he has mirror-touch synesthesia. Mirror-touch synesthesia is a phenomenon in which the mere observation of another person being touched causes the observers to experience a touch on their own body. The condition is quite rare, with an estimated prevalence of 1.6% in the general population.

Two main features set this condition apart from other synesthesia. First, the primary unique feature of mirror-touch synesthesia is that the relationship between the inducer (the sight of the touch), and the concurrent sensation (the synesthetic, felt touch) involves a similar sensory experience between the person who is touched and the observer. Yet, this shared representation for the viewed and felt touch is not unique to synesthesia. Even in non-synesthetic individuals, witnessing someone else undergoing a given tactile sensation activates brain areas normally involved when one experiences the same sensation, the so-called ‘tactile mirror system.’ This mapping, in turn, enables an automatic and unconscious simulation of others’ somatic states, supporting our ability to understand others’ sensations.

The second fascinating aspect of mirror-touch synesthesia is its association with empathy. Mirror-touch synesthetes, both developmental and acquired following sensory loss, show higher levels of affective empathy than non-synesthetes. This relationship further links synesthesia with general mechanisms of sensory simulation, rather than with processes unique to synesthesia.

For these features, mirror-touch synesthesia may be considered as an extreme version of a normal process involving the simulation of others’ corporeal sensation. These sensations are classified as synesthesia when conscious experiences occur, namely, when the sight of a touch elicits conscious tactile experiences on the observer’ own body. But what causes synesthetic sensations to emerge? Evidence from neuroimaging experiments suggests that the experience of mirror-touch synesthesia may be related to heightened excitability within the tactile mirror system. In a recently published paper in Current Biology, an attempt is made at verifying whether an increased excitability of the somatosensory cortex could actually cause the emergence of mirror-touch synesthesia even in non-synesthetes.

To this aim, transcranial direct current stimulation is used; which is a non-invasive technique of brain stimulation that can increase cortical excitability, in combination with a task developed for the study of mirror-touch synesthesia. It is found that, by allowing the somatosensory cortex to reach a certain activation threshold non-synesthetic individuals became slower at localizing a site touched on their hand, for example, a felt touch on the left hand, when they simultaneously viewed a touch to the opposite hand, for example, a viewed touch on the right hand. This is a behavioral pattern typical of mirror-touch synesthesia. This interference effect implies that during somatosensory cortical stimulation non-synesthetes are confused by the viewed touch, which becomes difficult to be distinguished from the real touch. This phenomenal experience occurs only when viewing a touch to a human body part, being absent if objects are touched, as also shown in synesthetes. Noteworthy, individual emphatic abilities predict the emergence of mirror-touch responses during the stimulation of the somatosensory cortex: when you look at a person who is being touched, your ability to “put yourself in his/her shoes” is associated with synesthesia-like responses induced by somatosensory cortical stimulation.

These synesthetic phenomena, along with high levels of empathy, and a slightly delusional personality, mean one has special emotional and pain reading skills. In Estaban’s case, there is some relationship between his synesthesia and his perceived special abilities. To further examine the claim, researchers looked specifically at four synesthetes who don’t claim any special ‘New Age’ abilities. They then compared this with known faith healers and aura readers who do claim special abilities. A large enough overlap between the two might suggest a causal role for synesthesia.

The researchers, though, found too many differences between the experience of synesthetes and those claiming to read auras. This does not mean that the aura readers are really seeing auras, just that their ‘powers’ can be explained by alternative means. Seeing auras may instead be a result of the normal functioning of the visual system: The complementary color effect, which results from a temporary ‘‘exhaustion’’ of the color-sensitive cells in the retina, could account for the presence of auric colors seen by a sensitive viewer when staring at a person. Staring at a darker object against a bright background may induce the perception of a bright ‘‘halo’’ around the object,” or it could be that ‘aura readers’ simply see what they want or expect to see, and perhaps invoking synesthesia is too complex an explanation for a much simpler cause.

In summary, mirror-touch synesthesia reflects general vision-touch matching mechanisms, which may underpin our ability to simulate others’ sensations. Importantly, it is also based on an increased activity of cortical areas concerned with bodily sensations. Under normal conditions, the somatosensory system is physiologically active below the threshold of perceptual awareness when we observe other’s tactile experiences. This may be due to inhibitory processes, which prevent one from experiencing the observed sensation. The absence, or reduction, of this physiological inhibitory control in the somatosensory system may, consequently, lead to the experience of mirror-sensory synesthesia. Moreover, differences in empathy reveal themselves in the extent to which individuals respond, physiologically, to seeing others being touched.

Posted October 23, 2013 by dranilj1 in COGNITION

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The Golden Rule

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