Quiet Horizon : Releasing Ideology and Embracing Self-Knowledge ~ Greg Jemsek

This book is written for people who want to pursue self-knowledge without commiting to an ideology. It is for those who have explored ideologies and recognized that they have been asked to comply with authority rather than trust their own inner compass.

Increasingly, people are foregoing the hard work of personal transformation by relinquishing their sovereignty to ideologies and their authorities. These ideologies can be secular or religious, focused on everything from politics to economics. Each time a person looks to such systems rather than to his own awareness, he begins a steady process of compromise.

That compromise has been made easier over the last few decades because of 4 things:

>1) Society’s normalization of narcissitic behavior

>2) The willingness of people to forego the work of forging genuinely intimate relationships,

>3) The collective adoption of “meta-narratives” which portray a historically distorted view of human nature, and

>4) A collective addiction to emotionally-based intensity as a substitute for genuine aliveness.

The phenomenological account provided in this book recounts one person’s desire to honor a childhood mystical experience – not through adhering to someone else’s ideas about self-knowledge, but through the directly engaging the world.

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Greg Jemsek is a narrative therapist, leadership consultant, educator, and author currently living and working in both the U.S. and Australia. “Quiet Horizon” is his first book

Is there a life after life ? Anita Moorjani is a living proof!!!!

Anita was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and doctors told her family she was just hours away from death. It was at this point that she “crossed over” and then returned again into this world with a clearer understanding of her life and purpose on earth. This understanding subsequently led to a total recovery of her health.
Anita was born in Singapore of Indian parents, moved to Hong Kong at the age of two, and has lived in Hong Kong most of her life. Because of her background and British education, she is multi lingual and, from the age of two, grew up speaking English, Cantonese and two Indian dialects simultaneously, and later learned French at school.

She had been working in the corporate field for many years before being diagnosed with cancer in April of 2002. Her fascinating and moving near-death experience in early 2006 has tremendously changed her perspective on life. Her work is now ingrained with the depths and insights she gained while in the other realm. She works on the premise that our inner world (consciousness) is our primary reality, and if our internal state is healthy and strong, then our external world will align itself and fall into place as a result.

She is the embodiment of the truth that we all have the inner power and wisdom to overcome even life’s most adverse situations, as she is the living proof of this possibility

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Zen Tales – 1) A Master in Prison 2) Attachment~ Humanity Healing Network

A Zen master had been put into jail several times. Now, it is one thing to forgive a thief, it is one thing not to think that he is bad, it is another thing to go to jail oneself. And not once, many times – for stealing small things from his neighbors. And the neighbors knew and they were puzzled: ‘Why does this man steal? And such small things.’ But the moment he would be out of prison he would steal again, and he would go back. Even the judges were worried. But they had to send him to jail, because he would confess.

He would never say, ‘I have not stolen.’

Finally the neighbors gathered together, and they said, ’Sir, don’t steal any more. You are getting old, and we are ready to provide you with all that you need – all your necessities, whatsoever it is. You stop this! We are very much worried, and we are very sad. Why do you go on doing this?

And the old man laughed. And he said, ’I steal in order to get in with the prisoners, and bring them the inner message. Who will help them? Outside, for you prisoners, there are many masters. But inside the jail there is no master. Who will help them, you tell me?

This is my way to get in and help those people. So when my punishment is over and I am thrown out, I have to steal something and go back again. I am going to continue this. And I have found there in jail such beautiful souls, such innocent souls – sometimes far MORE innocent….’

Source: ” Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol 2 ” ~ Osho

Lessons from the Zen Masters to help you along the Path.

One day, in a remote Zen monastery, the Guardian of the monastery passed away. The Master then sought to find a replacement for the loyal sentinel. He gathered all the students together and declared:

The first one able to solve a problem that I will present, will be the one to take the place of the late steadfast Watcher.

Upon a very sturdy table, the Master placed a rare and very fine porcelain vase. In the vase was the most perfect and immaculate white rose. After he had done this, he declared:

“Here it is the problem.”

All the students were perplexed, for this was a sight of such rare beauty, and the perfume of the rose slowly inebriated their senses. Each of them were trying to understand how such a beautiful vase with a perfect flower could be a problem. What did it signify? What was the enigma?

Suddenly, from the back end of the room, one of the disciples came forth with a sharp sword in his hand. He looked at the Master, went to the center and with one hit destroys the vase, leaving the white rose petals to drift to the floor.

“Congratulations”, said the master, “you are the new watchman”.

It is not important if a problem is of great beauty or rarity. If it is a problem, it must be eliminated.

~Author Unknown

10 Life Changing Tips Inspired By Rumi By Robert Piper

Here are ten life changing tips inspired by quotes from the great Sufi poet, Rumi:

1. Challenge Fear

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”

2. Be Bold

“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”

3. Have Gratitude

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”

4. Take Action

“Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?”

5. Have Faith

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

6. Embrace Setbacks

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”

7. Look Inside

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

8. Learn From Suffering

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

9. Don’t Be Concerned With What Others Think Of You

“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

10. Do What You Love

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”

Robert Piper is a meditation instructor, happiness enthusiast and creator of monkinthecity.com. He studied with a Taoist monk for nine and half years, and traveled extensively to Asia and Australia in search of other meditation teachers. He has spent over a decade researching, studying and collecting information on various meditation systems of Asia. Robert is currently in the process of writing a book on meditation to make the topic more accessible for stress relief, health, and happiness.

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