Points to Ponder

This is truly a fantastic time to be alive as we move toward a new understanding of our world and our place in it. The most exciting part of all this change, provided to us by physicists, explains our world while validating ancient wisdom.

No longer does the mechanistic world view that discarded any notion of there being forces that could not be seen, weighted or measured hold sway. Unfortunately this Western attitude resulted in the rejection of the majority of the wisdom provided by the East. Fortunately, Western science is catching up and the world is starting to look different.

Western science has proven that everything is connected; that energy can be altered but never destroyed. It has also, to the surprise of many people, proven there are many different levels and types of consciousness, such as intuition.

Haven’t we all had an experience involving our intuition? Remember the times the phone rang and for some reason a face popped into your mind and when you answered the phone, the person calling was the person you had just thought of? There could be volumes written on similar examples of every day intuition. Such individual "knowingnessā€¯ used to be put off to coincidences. Now we are beginning to see how such situations are not really coincidences but rather natural results of consciousness.

Although it is difficult to define the mind in simple terms, the mind more than any other human attribute, dictates the quality of our lives. For this reason, and this reason alone, it is worth our while to learn as much as possible about how our mind works and how much control we can exercise over the functioning of our states of consciousness.

Likewise the importance of being conscious and belief systems are now being emphasized in Western studies. In the Eastern philosophies consciousness, belief systems and the power of the human mind have always been major focal points in those traditions. Today we have evidence supporting that lore.

We’ve all been told consciousness is a natural state, especially when our eyes are open. Yet, is that really true? How many of us function throughout our day while on automatic pilot? Isn’t it true that many of our actions are habitual rather than consciously directed? Now that research has shown thought patterns do have influence on the individuals who generate them, on other people and on other things. Now that is scary! This idea is not new. What is new is that we now have confirmation of the potential positive or negative power of thought.

This confirmation forces us to begin the process of learning how to monitor our thoughts and to recognize the role our thoughts have in the quality of our lives. This leads to the need of examining our beliefs. Are we going to reject the notion that we are all connected and our individual thoughts can have influence? Or, are we prepared to accept the responsibility of looking at ourselves and our thoughts? (500 words)

There are numerous ways to learn to monitor our consciousness. The willingness to develop awareness of what we think is the starting point. Meditation certainly is one of the ways to calm our minds and to sharpen our levels of consciousness.

The other thing that we could do is take the time to find out what we believe about our place in the world. Do we think our happiness lies outside of ourselves or does it come from within? Do we feel apart from everyone around us or not? Are we willing to shoulder some responsibility for the levels of peace that exist within our homes?

These questions are vital and the answers we arrive at will give us understanding about our lives as well as what needs to be done. Yes, these are exciting times and may we all be up to the mind expanding challenges to be faced. (655 words)