I recently came across a young man, just about to graduate from high school. He is very bright and has had a first class education. Yet he is not going into banking, or finance, or even into IT. He has decided to apprentice himself to boat building. He will never be rich, but he has a very good chance of happiness.
How can we practice desirelessness – one of the key injunctions on any serious spiritual path – when, for example, we are job-hunting? We need that job and the payment it will give! We desire with all our being to have that job!
Many new age advisers encourage one to use something known as the Law of Attraction, and advocate developing visualization skills. So we are advised to visualize/imagine the circumstances, situation we wish to have in our lives. This method almost never works, and if it does, it is most likely that the desired situation/circumstances were coming anyway.
We cannot attract to us what we do not have. We must first of all have those corresponding qualities. When we have those qualities, we activate the more valid law: Like attracts like. Thus, we must first change ourselves, so that what we need or want will come to us.
Patanjali (2nd century BC) taught what one could expect as the result of this practice: wealth comes whenever one needs it; all needs are met.
Happy changing! It keeps one young!
There we find the lessons of love! There we find the book of life! Not on the television, but in all of nature. Look how the leaves of the trees lift in delight as the gentle breeze ripples through them, caresses them. Listen to their beautiful language as they whisper to one another. All is alive; nothing is what it seems. Then write a poem about what you experience. This begins to open doors that the subconscious has always held in readiness, but which the conscious mind was not aware of. Not aware of because our present culture strives to take us away from such awareness and potential autonomy. Our present culture militates against the deeper, the mystical to fix us firmly in the material world – for obvious reasons.
The ‘Golden Years’ is not just a euphemism, a cliche. Everything is perception. Perceived in the right way, we can realize that these last years before we leave the planet are a great opportunity. Yes, there are irritations, like health, but these can be managed. And the more we are conscious of the limited time left available to us, the better use we can make of it. In so many ways this time of our lives is more precious than our youth.
This is the gripping story of one girl’s journey from the darkness of gang life in London to the Light, passing through many trials and experiences on the way, including a sojourn in Glastonbury – the ancient location of the Court of King Arthur and his Knights, and home to Chalice Well Gardens – and an introduction to some of the Celtic lore of Ancient Britain, through a friendship with an old gypsy woman.
A fascinating tale of courage and mistakes unfolds as Kathy refuses to accept the hand fate has dealt her, seeking to change her life and restore lost opportunities.
Her exploration of value systems concludes that the only salvation is good character and a love for nature and the Creator.