Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn,
We should have set us down to wet
Right many a nipperkin!
Thomas Hardy from: The Man he Killed
No-one in their right mind would go to war! Everyone knows that. It is a simple and beautiful fact. Most people would fight to protect their family, friends and loved ones, or even fight for a cause or a country, but this is different from being warlike and wanting to kill others. Yet, because we see war in the news all the time we start to innocently believe that the maxim that humans are warlike must be true.
How many times a week do we hear people saying that they need to work on some aspect of themselves; fix something; make something better; grow as a person?
In the context of developing new skills, such as a new language, learning a certain aspect of history, or choosing a new career path that requires adaptability, these all make sense in developing our understanding of the world.
It is fascinating to realise that feeling good or happy has nothing to do with the outside world, our circumstances or material possessions. Feeling anything has to do with the quality of our thinking and the feelings that arise as a natural result of this simple fact. The less personal thinking we do the more mental space we have to allow our common sense and wisdom to emerge and with these arises a consistently reassuring good feeling.
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation. D. Elton Trueblood
This is such an interesting subject because belief is broad and faith is deep. Belief can be religious or secular and thus it shares it roots in the world of form, in the world of words and ideas and concepts and theories. And faith has nothing to do with the physical form of this world at all; faith is a knowing that lies deep inside all people, of all nations and all religions and all beliefs both secular and religious.
One of the most amazing and beautiful things about living in a good feeling is that it becomes literally impossible to keep it to yourself. When we feel good in life, everyone gets to know about it, because good feelings are contagious. No-one can resist a beautiful smile, or a calm demeanour – it just spreads like sunshine across an open field on a spring day.
Creon: “An enemy is still an enemy. Dead or alive.”Antigone: “No, I was born with love enough to share: no hate for anyone.” From Antigone by Sophocles
If someone is acting in a bullying manner, we can be sure of one thing alone; that this tells us very little about ourselves but a lot about the psychological state of the person caught in the bullying mindset.
‘We are all only ever one thought away from happiness’ Syd Banks
Have you ever wondered where low feelings come from; why some people are plagued by feelings of depression and unhappiness? What is interesting is the fact that all people create feelings in the same way, and we can all have low moods and depressed feelings, which means we can all have good feelings too.
The world is continually searching for stillness, for quiet; to feel good and happy and contented. The paradox in all this searching is that the stillness and good feelings that we strive toward is the most natural state in the world.
Let’s look at it like this: we all experience moments of stillness that simply come upon us, these moments arise spontaneously and invariably seem random; moments such as having the leisure to observe somebody undertaking an activity or task that requires deep concentration. We watch and pick up on the good feeling of neutrality.
'It is your Mind that creates this world'
It is not that others in our lives are completely innocent of causing us injustices and therefore have no responsibility for their actions, but moreover that we have full responsibility for how we think and ultimately feel about those events. It is us that carry them with us via the power of thought. If we truly want to be free from our past, we must then realise that it is within our power to do so. No one else can make us feel happy, or sad, or anything, because we are the one having those thoughts and feelings. Let go of your past, forgive others and free your mind...