Shiva – The Destroyer – Pt 1

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Shiva had finally made his family known to me, I guess he had always been subtly drawing my attention; but having been in an unconscious state I had not really come to notice. The timing now was right, having awoken I was more perceptive and fully alert. So who was this strange looking character by the name of Shiva? he appeared very human like in his physiology yet seemingly had some very peculiar features about him. At this stage I had two options to consider either I just accept what I saw or dig a little deeper as to the real meaning behind this awe-inspiring deity. As you can imagine my inquisitive nature took me straight into the deeper realms of discovering more about this destroyer.

The name Shiva is symbolic of the masculine principle, what is referred to as pure consciousness. Shiva is literally ‘that which is not’, everything is said to originate from shiva and at the same time everything is drawn back into shiva. It is as if shiva is seen as being both the creator and the destroyer, the so called beginning and end of. If this is the meaning behind this character then why has this so called Shiva been characterised as the image you see above. His blue appearance, his seated pose, the snake around his neck. These were all the questions I constantly kept asking myself. It took no time at all to find my answers and the more I thought about it all, the more it made sense.

Shiva just like many of the other unique gods, had one thing in common they were all made to look out of this world, mythological to say the least. It was this unusual look that made it finally click and what a revelation it was. It had occurred to me that what I was looking at was not just a deity or some mystical being; but a symbol. A symbol that had been beautifully designed and perfectly ordained to convey a hidden message. A message that would be hard to decipher unconsciously; yet ever present when consciousness had become fully receptive. “Wow” what a way to ensure that the hidden message that was being concealed would always remain pure and undoctored, revealed only once the timing was right.

I can only guess that using such elaborate symbols ensured the message would remain pure and untouched, always withstanding the tests of time.

Several months of deep thought pursued this revelation, the words “consciousnessand ‘that which is not‘ kept swimming around in my head. I knew what unconscious was, well I thought I did and the phrase “that which is not” just seemed strange. I guess for some reason I was just meant to keep relaying these phrases back and forth, then only would that day come, of true clarity. I came to the realisation soon after what these two words were actually trying to tell me. Let me share with you what I had found…

“Consciousness” I found was what I had to become, I had to become completely aware. All this time I had been unconscious. I had been unconscious in a deep sleep, living in a dream state so to speak, but I had awoken, I was fully awake now. My Shiva had now been activated, no longer was I being controlled, I was the master, I was the controller. The second phrase of “That which is not” had been trivial initially but had become easier to understand once my Shiva was in action. While I had been asleep, unconscious so to speak everything that I had been living had been based on an illusion, something I had been creating using my mind. But now having my Shiva, fully functional I became aware that I was the one creating the illusions and at the same time I could just as easily dissolve them. So everything was being created by me and at the same time it could be destroyed by me. Pure consciousness, had finally made itself known; but as you all very well know is that with such ‘great power, will always come an even greater responsibility’.

The time had come to enter the next stage of my search, I had so far been exposed to both aspects of Pure consciousness and Pure Energy (Shiva & Shakti). But before I delved further into my search I had to stop and find out more about Shiva and his characteristics. There had to be a reason why he was made to look the way that he was and I had to know everything.

‘Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity’ – Karl Marx

Shakti – Pure Divine Energy Pt 1

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Shakti had now made herself very well known to me. She had revealed herself to me in the most powerful of ways. It was as if slow and easy revelations was not really in her best of interests. It became apparent that she knew exactly what she was doing and to fully grab my undivided attention she had to come at me with full force. Believe me when I say “full force” this was a force to reckon with.

Shakti or pure divine energy is said to be the essence of all that exists in life. She cannot be created nor can she be destroyed. All shakti does is merely transfer from one state on to the next. ‘Shakti’ or ‘Prakriti’ is symbolic of the feminine aspect of a person’s nature, it is the activating power and energy that leads to both motion and change. As I explained previously “Shakti” had been a word I had been exposed to from a very young age; but now was the right time to find its true meaning, its true origin. Where was I going to begin “I thought” it was easy when I finally realised. The best place to begin was at home, the home where I had first heard the term. Unexpectedly I did not have to search very far as what I was looking for had always been in plain sight for me to see. Within every hindu family home, you will always find some form of small temple or mandir. This temple is always beautifully designed and in it houses a selection of deities selected carefully by each family. The temple represents a place of worship, a place where a devotee can be one with the divine.

Hinduism has always been classed as a polytheistic religion whereby people believe in a multitude of different gods and goddesses, each having their own reasons and purpose behind their beliefs. Usually beliefs are passed down through different generations and rituals of these deities continue happening without any real questioning. This is something I had also been accustomed to during my younger years, questioning any aspect of beliefs would never really lead to definitive answers. In essence I had always felt like the blind had been following the blind when it came to idol worship. Every time I had tried to open my eyes to the whole ritualistic process my questioning had fallen completely on deaf ears. Its as if it was better to just stay quiet and follow what everybody else around me was doing. Unfortunately I had never really been the one to follow without reasoning, something in me had always pushed me to question everything and this is exactly what I was doing right now.

I began by researching more about the temple that had been housed in my families home for many years. It had a multitude of deities present, all based I assume on what members of my family had beliefs towards. As I would look at these idols and pictures so many questions would arise in my head. Were these images representations of actual people? Had they looked like this previously? How can their me so many idols, baring in mind that India has around 33 million gods and goddesses. In my mind I kept thinking “with so many religions in the world, mostly monotheistic how can hindus believe in this many gods and goddesses”. These are the types of thoughts that ran through my mind daily and with so much to think about and possible avenues to take, I decided to begin my quest with the deity that had always stuck out to me no matter where I had looked. This deity which I had, had an unconscious affinity towards for so long went by the name of Shiva, “Shiva the destroyer” as he was commonly known. Shiva was not alone, sat closely beside him was his wonderful family which consisted of his most beautiful and loyal consort Parvati and their two gracious sons Ganesh and Kartikaya.

Religion had just offered me door too look through. Its as if something was supporting me in my search, and on a deeper level it felt like I was always being guided towards the right direction.

‘Religion is to follow someone else’s word as truth; whereas spirituality is to discover your own truth’– Yogi Kanna

 

Journey of Life – Finding Your Purpose

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In the Journey of Life there may come a point where you question why? Why do we do certain things when one day this Journey of Life will simply come to an end?

For me the Journey of Life began by questioning the same small thing repetitively. This question used to really bug me from a very young age from which stemmed endless questions and the search for answers. One day this search eventually led me to the dreaded question of Why Do We Exist? This really used to make me feel uneasy, nauseous at times and on most nights left me with a sensation of being sucked into a dark hole. From then on I did everything I could to shun the plethora of questions that would whirl around in my head when left unoccupied. Then later on in my life, the same pestering question revisited, but this time, I could not let it go. I had to face it head on.

The first place I turned to was to religion. However, personally I did not find the answers I was looking for in any such teachings. It was not until I turned inwards did I begin to unravel some peace and balance to these unruly thoughts. I realised that we are all on a journey, with very similar goals in mind. All of us are looking for some sort of freedom, ultimate happiness, wealth, divinity etc. but our routes will all differ. It was understanding this concept which first gave me a sense of peace. We can conceptualize this as a point of bright light emitting abundant halos. The centre of the light is the focus we all aim to reach, and the halos represent us. The different rings represent different beliefs, religions, phases etc. in life all pointing towards the centre that binds us all as one.

We are all at different stages in this Journey of Life, each and every path taken neither right nor wrong. By understanding this and discovering what brings you closer to your centre, it may be possible to answer such burning questions for yourselves and for us all to live side by side in both peace and harmony. We must live in total equilibrium by trying to allow ourselves and those around us the chance to both Live and Let Live.

Realisation of An Inner World – A Vault Opening

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A new realisation had just occured by a simple change in direction. All it had taken was a small glimpse inwards and a huge ripple had just been created. Previously I had, had the realisation that one of my controlling demons “Fear” had just been banished. This had in turn revealed to me a new inner strength, a strength I had never been aware of in the past. It was like an uncharged battery had just been given a jolt of energy; but to me it was more like a full charge up. The feeling of this energy (shakti) did not last long and with time it slowly died down.

What I had come to the realisation of sometime after the initial surge was that this energy was powerful. It was pure but uncontrolled, energising yet demanding, infinite yet appearing finite. Before delving deeper into revealing more about myself I had to understand this energy better. It was all well trying to find ways to resurface this power; but without control it would without a doubt consume me. “Unless you have felt this pure energy for yourself and become aware of it, it is very difficult to explain”. Words and images cannot explain it, it is to say of the non-physical. Many questions of its true origins had started to spur on in my mind… Was it real? Where did it come from? Why had it been released? the more questions I asked the more confused I became.

After a while having pondered over these questions for sometime it dawned on me, like one of those “light bulb” moments. “Shakti” was a word I had heard many times in my childhood. It was never something I had taken much notice of at the time, but somewhere in my subconscious it had been permanently stored, stored for the day to come where I would need to recall it. That day was now, its as if I’d just tapped into a storage facility and brought forth an unconscious memory. Could this be possible could their actually be a storage place for everything that had already occurred in my life. There couldn’t be could there?

My natural inquisition was already leading me to discover more about energy; at the same time new doors of enquiry were also being opened. I had to be patient I had to deal with one element at a time, only then could I move on.

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know

– Pema Chondron

Inner World | My World

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I had taken the plunge into an Inner World, the plunge of just stepping into my world and oh boy was it a mess. Its as if my eyes had just turned inwards and then without any further warning just dropped me into an Inner World of total chaos. I was like “what is this all about” first you help me find my Inner World and then you leave me to deal with this? Had I just made a mistake? was I just dreaming? should I just turn back and close the door? were all questions I constantly kept asking myself. But I had only just walked into the door of this Inner World and already a raging battle had begun a battle with one of my greatest demons “Fear”.

“Fear is a demon we all have in our lives, which has been instilled in us from the day we entered into this physical plane. We all at some point in our lives will need to confront all our fears whether we like it or not”. For me the time had come, “talk about timing” I had just awakened and now this? Talk about bad luck, nevertheless curiosity kept me marching on, only this time I felt for the first time ever like I was not alone, this time I had an ally by my side. A new power had arisen, a power that was now supporting me to keep going. This new power I will refer to for now as “shakti” and at a later point in the blog discuss this further with you all.

A battle had now ensued between this power (shakti) and fear, one minute the fear ran riot the next the power took reigns. This back and forth motion continued for sometime, leaving me completely drained, physically and mentally I was a wreck, powerless as to what was happening. I had to let nature takes its course, the demon had to be brought to the light and finally banished forever. My life for a while was in turmoil lost at moments and then found again. It was sometime after all this that I came to another realisation, yes you guessed it another “Aha” moment. I had finally banished my demon, its as though this vault inside me that had been containing all my fears had just been broken. Shakti had just taken full reign over the demon and the good over the evil had finally taken back control. But wait “I thought” I have many more things that need addressing I am sure of it, how can this be it. It was then that I realised I needed to keep faith, the faith that in time what needed to be revealed to me would.

It was this first everlasting experience that led me deeper into the unknown. I literally found myself questioning everything about my life, from the day that I was born to the present moment. The journey was going to be both long and demanding but I had to move on, I had to find my answers.

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Hidden World | Who Am I? Part 2

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The practice of waiting has never really been an admirable quality of mine to say the least. Trying to discover what this Hidden World had to offer me, had been keeping my mind restless at the best of times. Days just seemed to be dragging on forever, while the nights were full of unexplainable energy surges and disturbed sleep. At points I would wake completely drenched through, yet fully alert and I’d panic thinking what was going on with me? Most at this point would have probably consulted a physician with the hope for answers, but not me. I knew deep down that what my body was going through at that point in time was not any physical ailment, it was as I realise it to be now an awakening. What was awakening? I was already awake wasn’t I?

Hidden World I thought, what could this all be about. Wasn’t the world I already saw with my own two eyes the only world? the only reality? or was their something else? A Hidden World… one that was only seen by a lucky few, the fortunate amongst us or was it a world that had just been hidden from me all along. That initial thirst which I had had sometime ago had just suddenly turned into a hunger. A total curiosity to know more had just become my new driver, I was now a man on a mission. That mission was to seek new knowledge, to fulfill as many answers to the questions I had spinning around in my head. Only and only then could I realistically start to piece together this puzzle I had been exposed to.

The mission had been set, set to discover this Hidden World. The drive and determination was geared and ready to go; suddenly it dawned on me how could a lost man discover a new world when the current one was no longer affirming to what he knew. “It is always easy to create ideas and dreams; but to execute and materialise them in reality is the difficult part”. I had to find a guide a guide that could help me begin this search, somebody or something that knew what was going on. Weeks and months went by with ideas and visions all creating storms in my head, “Who Am I” I’d think, if i am not this physical body I relate to then what? What is controlling me? What was all this new energy I was suddenly feeling? Was I becoming unwell? I had to begin I had to solve this mystery. Then one day on my way home from work feeling rather relaxed and calm it clicked. First a smile, then an energy surge, followed by an excitement like never before, one of those “Aha” moments. It transpired that I had been looking in all the wrong places in the wrong direction, I had been living my life the wrong way, Id been living outside-in. The outer world had been controlling me, controlling and creating my Inner Reality.

The “Hidden World” I had so longed to discover had just opened a door. Was I ready to take this step in “I thought”. What if I never came back, what if….. but I was ready, ready to take that step into my world, my hidden world.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom‘ – Anais Nin

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Visualise And Manifest For An Amazing New Year

Visualise and Manifest as the new year approaches, you may be looking back at the success you encountered and/or your perception of defeats but remember one thing, which is “without imbalance there cannot be balance, and without balance there cannot be imbalance”. We must remember that all that was upon us was an outcome of our mind and creation of our thoughts. Everything is a process of the ability to Visualise and Manifest. After all, energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it is merely transformed from one state to another, this is a law in physics (the law of conservation of energy), and as once rightly implied, all thought is just energy, so to create thought (energy) just use your imagination.

The week between Christmas and New Year I find is the perfect time for you all to escape into your inner mind and try to Visualise and Manifest all your wants and desires. To visualise and manifest is such a simple concept, yet some still ponder how something so straightforward can possibly be true? As did I until I began to believe.

Think back to when you were a child, that mere cardboard box was the fastest car known to man, a rocket blasting through space, a dressing table, a desk… Everything you imagined in your head was real, and at times reality and vision merged into one. (Only when you stopped believing i.e stopped the visualise and manifest concept and created restrictions, did these dreams fade into the distance). The simplest way I found to start the process of manifestation was to create some peaceful alone time and bring back that inner child in me. I did this by dropping all of my boundaries and just thinking about my biggest dreams and wishes. I’d also start visualising the environment and the emotions thatwere created and justhow this made all my senses feel. This simple exercise left me feeling very positive and thus emitted affirmative vibrations into the universe.

As a beginner, I found it easier to manifest on simpler goals (as opposed to being a millionaire straight away for example) related to my personality and achievements. I did this by just being a more positive individual and broadening my knowledge by reading around my subject. Once I had gathered my thoughts I found writing them down in the present tense made me feel as though it was already mine, for example I am a positive and open individual, again emitting vibrations to the universe at the same frequency as I wished for them to bounce back. One important thing I found was once Id made mywish list to which I had spent time on manifesting, visualising and feeling, all that was left to do now was to believe, trust and then let it go.

Having the faith that in your minds eye to Visualise and Manifest, will at some point in time translate to the physical realm is key. Sending out feelings of disbelief and lack of faith will only slow down the process and counteract the frequencies, you already sent out to the universe. What I have found that works best is to trust and to forget in order to stop myself obsessively thinking about when my manifestations will transpire. Do not dwell on how this may happen; this is not for you to worry about, just believing that it will happen when the time is right. (‘Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time’– Unknown). Just get on with living in the present and enjoying the signs the universe unravels for you.

Finally, some factors to consider, manifestation and visualisation should be a selfish art. By selfish I mean you can only control your own reality, you cannot control the lives of others however, you may wish to control your attitude towards others. Remember, anything you can imagine is possible, there are no boundaries, only the limitations you create in your mind.

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Who Am I? I have always held the strong belief that the reflection I see every morning in the bathroom mirror is a complete confirmation of the person that I am. Never once have I had to question this image glaring right back at me, never have I had to pose the question of Who Am I?

Little was I to know that one day, this perception of myself was actually going to change forever. It was early 2015 and as clockwork I woke up to my daily routine. It turns out that this was not going to be another normal day. For it was the first day I had looked at myself in the mirror and seemed totally lost. No matter how hard I stared at my reflection that morning I could no longer recognise what I saw reflecting back at me. For the first time ever in my life I actually did not know who I was.

It was this day which became the most pivotal point of my life, everything I thought I knew was no longer a confirmation of Who am I. No longer was the man in the mirror what I had always related to as me recognisable. Something had changed but at that point in time I did not have any idea as to what this change was and why it had happened. What I can share with you all is this and that is, whatever had happened to me that day was exactly the way it was meant to have happened in my life. It was this scary event of losing myself and questioning Who Am I that actually led me onto this new journey of discovering the real me.

“In order for you to be found you must first be lost, only when you are lost will you understand what you have found”.

A new journey for me had just begun a journey which I couldn’t have even dreamt of. Up to that point in my life something had always been controlling me, but I’d had no idea of this controller. I always had thought I was already free, joyful and happy, but only once this new realisation had set in did I really sense the real meaning of freedom and happiness. For the first time ever not knowing “who I was” felt like I was starting to actually find out more about who I really was. There was no longer the feeling like I was a servant to something. It’s as if the master was now ready, ready to finally reveal himself to me and show me this hidden world I had been missing. I had already waited this long without knowing, “I’d say to myself” but my thirst for the unknown was now running in overdrive, all I needed was answers. I did not want to wait any longer, its as if it had all been a long time coming and I was now meant to find my way back home.

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