They met at the edge of two Worlds. He was from the Old World. She was from the Modern World.
"I just want to be confident & assertive. I don't want to be this shy, awkward human." She said.
"Why?" He asked, calm & curious.
"Because the Modern World eats you alive if you are not confident & assertive. And that is all that is there to success & happiness, these days."
"Well, the way we follow in the Old World is the way of the Truth. So, help me understand what confidence & being assertive really means."
"It means having faith in one's own abilities & being able to stand up for your abilities."
"Perhaps it's not a matter of abilities but the truth. How can you be confident & assertive when you are living a lie? That would make you delusional & you would condemn your Soul to a slow death.
In the Old World, a Warrior or a Mystic never questioned their abilities because they never questioned the Truth that lived inside of them. Listen to the truth of who you are & follow the signs from the Universe & from your Soul to fulfill your Personal Legend.
The Soul & the Universe do not speak the language of abilities or of confidence or of assertiveness. They speak the language of Truth. In the Old World, we create reality from the inside out. You are trying to create your reality from the outside in. That is an apocalyptic way of living.
Without your Personal Legend, confidence & assertiveness are just modern day hocus pocus used to tame your Soul into subjugation & tyranny. Forget about everything. Wake up to your Truth & see how your world transforms. Your Soul doesn't need confidence & assertiveness, it simply needs to live its Truth."
"Can I come with you to the Old World? I belong there & not here."
"The Old World is already inside of you. That is how I am able to reach you. I can only talk to the ones who see the world through the ways of the Old World & are struggling to live in the Modern World. Take the leap & let the Old World come to life through your life."
"I will. Who are you?"
"I am the guardian of the Old World. It’s my Personal Legend to make sure the Old World is not forgotten. Now, until we meet again, take care."
"Doctor, I am in too much pain. I feel like I am dying. What is happening to me?" Her Energy asked the Energy Doctor.
"You have a deadly condition that prevents you from understanding your true nature and the nature of reality, which is the true cause of your pain & suffering." The Energy Doctor responded.
"The Human Condition." The Energy Doctor replied.
"So what's the cure?"
"Thank you, Doctor."
Her Energy followed the Energy Doctor's prescription & began to recover speedily.
"You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop." - Rumi
"Where to?" The Captain asked.
"Wherever the ship's headed." The Newbie replied.
"The ship's headed to the horizon and beyond. You have to choose a destination. And a role for your time on the ship." The Captain insisted in a soft but firm voice.
"Oh Okay. I am not sure. Where's the majority headed?" The Newbie asked.
"To some island."
"I will go with them." The Newbie replied.
"Of course. What else is there to do? There's strength in numbers & it will be a party, I am sure."
"Okay. Your will, your energy, your choice. And, what role would you play on the ship?"
"What's the majority up to?"
"Oh Swell. I will go join them."
"Of course. Which way?"
"That way." The Captain pointed the way ahead.
The ship carried on, passing through storms & fog, bright days & starry nights, leading its inhabitants to their destinations.
The Newbie got out with the majority & the ship chugged along its endless trajectory.
Few weathers had elapsed & the Newbie was back. Only no longer a Newbie, this reincarnation made the Newbie, an Oldie: Haggard, slumped shoulders, tired eyes.
"Where to, this time around?" The Captain asked.
The Oldie gulped & looked up at the Sky & then at the Captain.
"I don't know. Can I choose later? What are the rules?"
"This ship has no rules except that you must choose your destination & your role."
"I am going to be an observer & a voyager. I don't know if there are others of my kind out here but I am fine being a lone wolf until then. I don't have a destination as of now but I will let my soul come up with one when one feels right. Until then I want to be out on the deck, under the stars & the sun, in a fog and a storm and take in everything in its purest form. Watch the sun come up & the sunset & the rocks & the birds."
"Okay. Your choice, your will, your energy."
The Oldie spent all the time on the infinitely long deck & took to poetry, art, meditation & math. The Oldie was puzzled by something: the Oldie could not be around Newbies; they made the Oldie nervous & literally run the other way.
Sometime soon, the Oldie came upon others that practiced meditation, poetry, art, math & as they got together, they almost spent an eternity on the deck with no thought of the destination. Their journey had taken them past many islands and they had seen many get in & get out.
"I saw that. And I know what's going on. But you need to go inward & find the answer." The Oldie's friend smiled as the friend had seen the Oldie scramble for life as a Newbie tried to become pals with the Oldie.
Days & nights passed & as the Oldie intensified meditation & contemplation, one evening, the Oldie entered a trance like state where the Oldie, now a Newbie, was being murdered by a group of Newbies; first the soul & then the body.
The Oldie let the vision play out its course & came out with an awareness that explained Oldie's mistrust of the Newbies. Enlightened & feeling free, the Oldie joined friends & they finally chose an island to call home.
There was once a little girl, seeking fairy tales & a princess like life. But the Universe had other plans.
As years went by, she battled the hurt, the pain & the suffering that the Universe sent her way. The fairy tales were nowhere to be found.
One day, in a seething daze, she asked the Universe: "What kind of life is this? Am I to know just hurt & pain? You have turned me inside out & upside down. Tears & torment & a misfit at large. That's all? I am a girl and all around me, I see all these girls with diamonds on their fingers, living fairy tale & princess like lives, very protected & loved. And here I am, scarred & wrecked, abandoned & cut open, as if I am not a girl at all. I guess it's not my destiny to be that special to have any kind of fairy tales ever. Right?"
She sighed & went onto read a book called: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. A couple of hours later, she sat for her daily meditation practice. Like a frightened & angry child calmed by her mother, meditation calmed her frenzied mind. She sat & let the thoughts pass by without a reaction, breathing in & breathing out.
Somewhere down the line, her consciousness connected with the cosmic intelligence & the Universe responded to her: "I know you have been through hell. I was there with you, every step of the way, holding your hand. Ever since, you were a little girl, you looked out for fairy tales but that wasn't your destiny. I don't know why your kind has this obsession with diamonds but since you do, I will speak to you in your language.
You have a diamond's destiny & more. A diamond's destiny is to be a diamond. You will have a diamond on your finger when its your time but you didn't come on this planet just to wear a sparkling diamond. You came on this planet to be a diamond. And that is why you are walking with a battered core & a shattered soul. Soon enough, you will find a way to turn your pain to diamonds.
The pain & suffering is my way of turning you into a diamond. So do not fear. I am here."
As the hour was up & she wrapped up her meditation practice, she felt as if she was waking up from a dream but couldn't remember what the dream was.
An hour later, feeling peaceful, she opened her meditation journal & began to write about her experience. She began by writing how peaceful & transformed she felt as if she had experienced some kind of ground breaking revelation. She felt happy & calm. And as she thanked the Universe, it poured out of her, onto the paper: A Diamond's Destiny.
When pain makes an appearance, it brings along with it 4 things:
1. The Void (The Zombie Mode)
2. Self-Annihilation (The Vampire Mode)
3. A Healing Path (The Mystic Mode)
4. A Sense of Purpose (The Warrior Mode)
The Void makes a person feel empty, hopeless, morose & apathetic; kind of like the living dead. The Void itself is a stark kind of hunger that day by day consumes the person, depleting energy, intelligence, spirit & soul connection. The Void is so overwhelming that the person is ready to self-annihilate rather than live with that feeling of complete emptiness.
Self-Annihilation makes a person go down a path of addictions, dysfunctional relationships & abuse to deal with the Void. This is more like a desperate lunge to escape the Void. It’s part of the flight or fight response: more precisely, it’s the flight response; running away instead of facing the Void. A vampire like ferocity to consume junk food, medications, alcohol, drugs & clinging to the wrong kinds of relationships; it all becomes a temporary gateway to experience the fleeting feeling of not being stuck in the Void.
A Healing Path is something that a person surrenders to when their body, mind & spirit has crashed & can no longer put up with Self-Annihilation & the Void. A Healing path energizes the person's core, helps revive the spirit & rebuilds the connection to the Soul by bringing about a paradigm shift in the consciousness. A Healing Path can be a Spiritual path like Yoga, Reiki or Meditation or some form of art or creativity or turning to Nature or a psychiatrist or a Shaman or a quest for enlightenment or turning to God or really anything that calls out to the person.
A Sense of Purpose helps a person overcome the Void & stop Self-Annihilation. It gives the person the will to keep going & to endure the marathon like brutal effort needed to turn pain to something of value & meaning. Athletes endure pain, women endure 9 months of discomfort, mountaineers endure deadly weather & nature hazards - it all comes from a sense of strong Purpose. The body, the mind & the spirit can surpass a lot of pain when a life purpose is at stake.
Finally, here are the 6 things a person experiences when the Healing Path of Yoga, Reiki & Meditation is chosen:
1. The pain & the wound is felt in all its intensity. Old scars resurface with a vengeance but the Void & Self-Annihilation are no longer an option as the spiritual path grounds a person & centers her in the core of her being.
2. Spiritual Awakening.
3. Old thoughts, harmful patterns & toxic relationships will crumble as the person becomes more aware of the Ego & the Soul.
4. New opportunities & kindred spirits that match the person's increased frequency of vibration will make an appearance.
5. A life purpose & ways to manifest the life purpose, paradigm shifting & enlightening moments & deep truths of the saints & the cosmos will come to the person if the person is open.
6. As the connection between the person, the Soul & the Universe is strengthened, the Universe will bring about events that align the Dharma & the Karma of the person. (Dharma - life purpose, karma - actions)
The consistent practice of Yoga, Reiki & Meditation over the course of several months & years changes a person completely but one must be open & willing to receive.
"If you want to become full, let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn, let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything, give everything up." - Lao Tzu
It’s amazing how physics & spirituality are connected.
We are stardust.
The Universe exist inside of us.
Butterfly effect: A small change in the initial conditions will produce a drastic change in the final output: had the atomic particles, forces & constants of physics been anything but what they are, our Universe would not have had life as we know & our Universe would have been drastically different.
Gravity: Space-time is curved in direct proportion to the mass occupying the space-time fabric. Which means space-time impacts the way mass moves & mass impacts the shape of space-time.
Everything is interconnected & interdependent.
What we do impacts everything in the Universe.
Everything, good or bad, shapes us to be exactly who we end up becoming. A slight variation in any of the good or any of the bad of our life & we would not be the same.
"What we do now echoes in eternity." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
There's a board game called Monopoly.
In this world, there's also a life game called Monopoly. And it goes like this:
Monopoly on Beauty: Whatever the fashion & the entertainment industry puts out.
Monopoly on Success: Whatever the capitalist, consumerist culture & the corporate industry puts out.
Monopoly on being a functional human being: Whatever the society demands.
Many of us play monopoly with our soul, our dreams, our unique perspectives, trading it all to buy in the world's perceptions of beauty, success and whatnot. And perhaps some of us play this game for all of eternity.
Perhaps, this Life is a quest.
A quest to find home.
Home for the body, the mind & the spirit.
Perhaps it's yoga or meditation or running or art or walking or nature or a job or a house or an emotion or a place or an experience that will feel like home for the body, the mind & the spirit.
Whatever it is, I hope we fulfill our quest for perhaps this quest will save us from ourselves & from the world.
Soul Friends come into your life for a specific purpose. These are friends of the Soul, beings that have the same energy signature as you; beings that see the world the same way as you do & beings that know you even before knowing you.
The time at which Soul Friends enter your life is not a random coincidence, just like nothing in life is a random coincidence. They appear in your life when your consciousness is ready to take the next leap in its cycle of growth & expansion, or when your energy needs guidance or when you are down & out & your Soul needs to be revived.
Soul Friends have the explicit role of helping your consciousness & your energy gain new insights & awareness into nature of reality & into your own psyche & life.
Here are a few things that Soul Friends experience when they cross paths:
1. They are drawn to each other in a single interaction. This isn't necessarily a romantic pull but an inexplicable curiosity about the other person & an intuitive knowledge of their psyche & spirit.
2. They feel a strong connection without knowing much about each other. They don't even need to meet each other to sense their connection: like when you read a book & you feel the author is a Soul Friend. They can feel the connection based on a work of art or a brief interaction over phone in a meeting.
3. They feel a strong impulse to know each other because they are the same kind of weird.
4. They energize each other effortlessly because of the inexplicable understanding & the mystical bond between their souls.
5. They value each other's opinions & respect each other because they know they are equals at a much deeper level.
6. It's very natural for them to trust each other with their life story & things they haven't shared with others. They are able to let their guard down & be themselves 100% without any fear of judgments. In fact they want to be an integral part of each other's lives.
7. They help each other discover their strengths, reconnect with their Souls, get through a difficult period & lead each other to a life altering experience.
8. They are drawn to the same kind of experiences & are searching for the same things.
9. They have the same outlook on life.
10. Their life path & their quest in life is of a similar kind.
11. They bring out what's real in each other.
12. They are vibrating at the same energy frequency.
She sat on the ground, folding her legs & placing her palms upon her knees. She stared into the space in front of her & focused on her breathing. As she sat there for nearly an hour, her consciousness connected with the cosmic intelligence.
Her energy opened up to the cosmos: "I am too weird. I can't handle this anymore. I just want to fit in."
The cosmos asked her consciousness: "Why?"
Her energy responded: "Because I am not strong enough to be this weird. I am tired of standing out & being judged & feeling uncomfortable, all the time. I am afraid of what the future holds if I have to be this unconventional."
The cosmos responded: "End the resistance. Choose the path. Walk the path. The path itself will take care of you."
Suddenly, her phone alarm went off: the hour was up & she broke her meditative trance. The words though stayed with her. And she wondered what they meant.
A few hours later, as she was cooking, she finally understood.
When you walk the path that calls out to you, the path of your Dharma, the path itself will take care of you.
When you resist the path of your Dharma, you risk your soul & you miss your consciousness goal & you forsake your energy's role.
"It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you" - Rumi