Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wait for the right time .....

If it is not truthful and not helpful, don't say it.
If it is truthful and not helpful, don't say it.
If it is not truthful and helpful, don't say it.
If it is truthful and helpful, wait for the right time.

If it is truthful and helpful, wait for the right time.
.......Wait for the right time......

When is the right time?

I was thinking that the ‘right time’ was about the other person & their readiness.
Now I see it is about my readiness!
Before I give advice as the Buddha tells us it must be truthful & helpful.
Now can I be sure that it is truthful & at what level of truth are we working on?
Is it helpful? Can I really know what another needs?
If I answer “yes” I will need to go deeper (as demonstrated in The Work of Byron Katie)

A good question is:
Can I be absolutely sure it is true that this person needs this advice/truth or help?

The right time is when:
  • What I say, to be truthful & helpful, has no vested interest or outcome for me
  • What I say doesn't manipulate the other to support & feed my ego
  • Saying it creates no charge in me. That is, does not raise my passion or personality
  • I have lived my own advice/truth & help for a minimum of 5 years say.
P.S On Saturday May 26th I am offering a workshop on The Work of Byron Katie.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Balance & Stability

Balance & stability is the starting point for all successful & sustainable growth. This applies to business decisions, yoga positions & spiritual growth. Growth is only possible if flow is established in your life. As we all know & experience change is constant & continual & when we experience resistance to change we suffer or apply excessive force in our lives. The ability to flow within a breath, within a moment, a day, a year & in a lifetime requires endless practice. It requires self awareness, self observation, meditation, contemplation-this is the work part of spiritual work!

To achieve this starting point, of balance & stability, calmness is required.
To achieve calmness Master Choa Kok Sui says purification is necessary.
Purification begins with certain breathing exercises (taught in the Basic Pranic Healing Course).
These breathing exercises physically purify the body of diseased, used up energy & psychologically purify the soul.

Breathing exercises regulate your emotions & your thoughts allowing calmness to arise.
When calmness arises & is sustained then balance & stability become available.
It is from this place that successful & sustainable growth is possible.
The sayings like ‘take three deep breaths’ contains a truth.

So experiment with paying attention to your breath.
It is a spiritual practice & a discipline & is much harder than you think!
Yet the practice creates the balance & stability required for true growth.