The Solution to Problems

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

This quote from Albert Einstein beautifully expresses the cognition of the Ancient Vedic Rishis (See’ers) - that all problems are based in a lack of consciousness.

If a man has 2% vision then crossing a road is an enormous problem.  When we analyse this, it is clear that the problem isn't the road but rather the man's lack of vision.  Trying to solve problems by manipulating the elements of the problem (in this case - the road, the cars, the people on the road etc.) is not the solution. The solution is to add a second element - Consciousness.

We need to expand consciousness.  In the above example, if we could give the man more vision then crossing a road would become less and less of a problem and with 100% vision it wouldn't be a problem at all.

In our example vision is an analogy for consciousness.

In unconscious (stressed) states, we experience a disorderly world full of suffering and neediness.  In this state of mind, we attempt to control other people, places, and things.

As we upgrade our own state of consciousness, we experience a shift in the world around us. Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

If you would like to shift your experience of life, you need to shift the one who is experiencing it: YOU.

Our meditation technique is not only a profound system for releasing stress but also a supreme tool for the expansion of consciousness.

With love,
Limor

Take responsibility for what you experience

You don't live in a world; you live in a state of consciousness.

Consciousness means awareness and state of consciousness refers to the degree to which we are aware - of ourselves, others, the world around us.

All knowledge is structured in consciousness; all action is performed on the level of consciousness and all perception and experience comes through our state of consciousness.  According to the Vedic world view, "As you are, so you see" meaning the world is a reflection of our own state of consciousness.  Just like a man who wears red glasses sees the world as red; in fact, he can see nothing but red.  In order to create any change of perception, it needs to be done on the level of consciousness.  The glasses simply need to change.

Acquiring a higher state of consciousness naturally yields greater perception, broader awareness and more dynamic fruitful action.  Our technique of meditation is not only a technology for the elimination of stress, but also a supreme tool for the systematic expansion of consciousness.

Everything is Self-referral; the following quote, which has been adapted from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's book, the Science of Being and Art of Living explains this concept brilliantly and provides a beautiful prescription for the Art of Behaviour:

“The influence of the atmosphere on the individual depends upon his own state of mind.  According to his state of mind, the nature of the atmosphere changes.   If he puts a red glass to his eye, he sees everything as red; if he looks through a green glass he sees everything as green.  Whatever the individual's state of mind, the atmosphere is evaluated accordingly.  The individual is responsible for the atmosphere.  He creates it and in turn is influenced by it.  When his mind is strong, functioning at its full potential, then he is able to make the best use of his surroundings and circumstances. The art of action and the art of behaviour lie in making the surroundings favourable instead of unfavourable to us.

The atmosphere is there for us to use and not to make us miserable.  If someone has said something, it is his action, his responsibility.  If it is useful to us then we enjoy it, accept it, think about it, act on it and derive benefit from it.  But if it is not useful or elevating to us, then we do not think of it again, we pay no attention to it.  We do not bring it to mind and brood over it.  If we do so, we shall be polluting our mind with a bad thought.

Therefore, we must so cultivate our minds that we think and act naturally in a manner which is elevating and beneficial.  In this way, we will benefit ourselves and others.  We do not encourage damaging or malicious thoughts either by rejecting or accepting them; indifference is the weapon to be used against negative situations in life.

This is the art of behaviour.  If someone has done us an injustice, we do not harbour it or think about it; perhaps it was a mistake.  If we allow it to affect our future actions towards him we are not giving him the opportunity to improve his relations with us, and we also suffer.  Even if he does harbour ill-feeling towards us, we heap benefit on him and ourselves if we behave towards him with love and tolerance.  In this way, we help the atmosphere to improve and the improved atmosphere serves us better.  (When, during meditation) the mind is brought to the level of Being, the body is also brought to the same level.   Thus by our thoughts, words and actions and even by our presence, we radiate an influence of life, peace, harmony and joyfulness."

With love,
Limor

Give the Gift of Acceptance

A young student who didn't like the way some of his colleagues were behaving commented to his teacher: "Isn't it a shame that they are behaving in this way." 

The master smilingly responded: "No.  It's a shame when one expects a walnut tree to produce mangoes."

What the master was trying to teach his young student is: All knowledge is structured in consciousness; all action is performed on the level of consciousness and all perception and experience comes through our state of consciousness.

One cannot expect anyone to behave in any way other than according to their state of consciousness - having any other expectation will always lead to disappointment.

Giving the gift of acceptance means we need to accept that a person is behaving according to their state of consciousness.  We do not expect a new born baby to speak perfect English, eat food gracefully and not cry when their favourite toy is taken away. In the same way, we cannot expect an adult who is carrying numerous stresses in their body to exhibit divine behaviour and to always act in a way that is friendly, compassionate and loving.

As meditators, we are fortunate to have a technique that is not only a technology for the elimination of stress, but also a supreme tool for the systematic expansion of consciousness.

Acquiring a higher state of consciousness naturally yields greater perception, broader awareness, appropriate behaviour and more dynamic fruitful action.

In order for thinking, behaviour and action to change, one's state of consciousness needs to change.

With love,
Limor