What we see outside ourselves is a mirror-image of internal chaos: a reflection of our own unique and individual realities. If we have a pimple on our face, we don’t rid ourselves of the pimple by putting medicine on the mirror. We go to the source of the problem and try to find a cure. Until we become masters of inner turmoil, there’s little or no way that people will function without self-interest projected onto a world where conflicted realities are the norm – a carnival of karmic bumper cars that congests the minds and hearts of just about every person on earth.
People extract their livelihoods from nature and line their pockets with money that could never be spent in a hundred lifetimes. Nature has had enough of human greed. It has given us in response to greed and gluttony: draught, horrendous storms, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, floods, ravaging fires, COVID, Monkey-pox and a host of other tragic eruptions that make living on earth very difficult.
People are born innocent and full of love. It’s difficult to look at a newborn child and not smile. By the age of five, this innocence is almost always lost. Parents, extended family, social media, religious beliefs, society, money, and educational institutes, condition children to develop patterns of behavior based solely upon their connection to the external world. They’re rarely, if ever, taught about the development of an internal life that would help them to live with open hearts, to stay centered and balanced, to have quiet minds, as well as a conscious use of sexual energy. Emotional and mental abuse often force people to search in the external world for answers to their internal problems. An abundance of money is going to fix it: the house, the hundredth pair of shoes, power, the car, and facial uplifts, and people become so lost in the material world they have completely forgotten about their inner lives. No wonder the world is so crazy; no wonder it appears to be falling into an economic and climate-based sinkhole.
We are born with internal tools that can fix these problems. We must learn how to use them. What are the tools: the strength and willpower to internalize the mind and build foundation at the core of our being. The Japanese call this core “Hara” and use the “Hara” to develop chi, a powerful force that creates rootedness, balance and harmony; the conscious use of the mind and breath to open and develop a chakra system that connects human beings to spirit; a quiet mind, and a life full of love, joy, and happiness. All of this takes time, patience and training, and is rarely taught in places of worship, universities, or public schools.
We often hear wonderful words spoken by leaders, words like love, forgiveness, patience, tolerance and compassion, words that complement our humanity, but we’re never told how to transform those words into practical living, how to build a strong inner life and share that depth of experience with others. We’re rarely taught about internal systems that are connected to spirit; we’re never shown how to develop those systems, how to evolve and grow and experience unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness; how to recognize that every human being, every experience, every living thing is a reminder that we must become more conscious, more compassionate, and a witness to the sacred nature of what life teaches…