Tuesday, July 23, 2013

4 - Between the Minutes: Finding Meaning


Life moves all too quickly nowadays. Every time I look up, it is already Friday and the weekend is coming up. And, every weekend, I stop for a second from my weekend duties and it is already Monday, the start of the week. I wonder what the mirror will tell me if I dare to dwell before it just a bit too long. Somewhere in between all the comings and goings, I try to find the meaning of life and what I am really doing each day.

Stop between the minutes. Observe and take a picture of that moment. Study that picture. What is it telling you?

There is so much that goes on inside of us. With the rush, rush of life, where do we find the time to write about it or speak about it? We speak in “twitter-speak” when we do communicate. Or we speak in “text-speak” when we talk to anyone. We are in a rush, rush, rush, yet we have our cell phones glued to our ears. What keeps us so busy I wonder and yet with no time to dwell on meaning?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

3 - Confrontation in the Cave

Dear Readers:

Here are some of my thoughts on the meaning of self confrontation, followed by a video summary on the Wisdom of the Zodiac and Leo.

We realize on our spiritual path that the work of healing, expanding our consciousness, growing in our True Self takes creative work. It is work that is done internally, without cheering crowds, accolades, medals or diplomas or any outer recognition.

The benefit of this internal work is realized by us first as a sense of well being, joy, and calmness. Then we see our relations and communications start to improve and we become happier in our life. Life, living takes on a new meaning.

This entails that we face ourselves honestly each day. We may be tempted or waylaid by schemes of quick and easy and free or cheap growth, or we may think someone else can do the work for us and just give us some psychic insights that will fix our life. But as we mature and face ourselves, we realize that there is no such thing as a quick fix. The only way to truly deepen our inner development is to do the work ourselves. To become mature people involves taking ourselves into the quiet, dark inner space, without any excuses and interruptions, no tools except for our inner abilities, and then to struggle until we conquer that dark space in our life.

If you have created anything in your life, be it art, sculpture, built anything, written anything, or sewn anything, you know it involves cutting, shaping, molding, removing things that don’t work. You discard so much before something becomes just what you want it to become. Even then, we see how to make it even better. By doing, we see the possibilities. By seeing the results of our labor are we pushed to strive and to create once again. A true artist never gives up trying and trying. The materials with which you work to create something must be handled and shaped, cut and parts discarded, best parts used and so on. It takes effort, time, and repetition — again and again.

We are all creative artists. We need to be fully aware of what is involved in the process of creation.

Yes, parts of us will feel stepped on, cut off, lonely; we may suffer hurt pride or bruised ego; we may feel like the spiritual teachings are punishing us, making us feel angry, frustrated and bad. Memories, old wounds, bad decisions, regrets and such will surface and haunt us. But as our illusions and false beliefs shatter one by one, our excuses will seem pointless and, after a while, we will see a new person emerging from the old. It is all a continuous process; it never ends.

We all know there is some image that we are striving toward. We look at ourselves and say, “this is not me, neither is this; so what is me”? Our inner Self has a model of perfection in the Higher Worlds and that image beckons us, pulls us, and pushes us. Our response to that pull is the story of our life.

Just as I was thinking that it was time to write the next blog, I had the occasion to study and share my insights about the Leo Full Moon, one of my favorites! This year, we have two Leo Full Moons, or when the Sun is in direct alignment with the constellation of Leo. In reading the Wisdom of the Zodiac, I was reminded that just like Hercules, we have many devastating qualities inside of us that have a life of their own. In the case of Hercules, these inner qualities have been depicted in the 12 labors of Hercules, the stuff of legends. In the labor of Leo, the story tells us that he had to face and render harmless a man eating lion.

Do we have such “man eating lions” inside of us? Yes we do. Toxic qualities inside of us “eat” people in so many ways and eat away at our life as well. We need to confront them without any excuses, external weapons, self pity arguments, and with firm resolve. Only then can we conquer this inner “beast” and make our inner qualities noble, universal, and nurturing. How is this done? By going into the cave with the lion, closing off all exits, and having a serious confrontation! It CAN get interesting!

I prepared a brief summary of the Chapter in the Wisdom of the Zodiac and posted it on YouTube for your enjoyment. I do hope you like it and are inspired to have that serious inner conversation, long overdo, devoid of trappings and excuses. You have two months during which to do this, for Leo comes around and stays with us for two months this year!

Go into a quiet space, remove all excuses, close down the escape hatches, and face yourself. Find the noble and the beautiful inside of you. Drop off things that are not you; only you know what these are. It is an opportune moment of huge growth and expansion of consciousness.

Here is the link to YouTube. http://youtu.be/tpcx32F5peU


Enjoy!

Gita
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- Gita Saraydarian is the Founder and President of TSG Foundation, home of Torkom Saraydarian's creative works. 
- Monthly YouTube summaries of the Wisdom of the Zodiac are available.
- Wisdom of the Zodiac is a collection of four volumes of writings never before released. The books are available as a set or individually through TSG Foundation.
- Gita Saraydarian gave an in-depth series of lectures on the Labors of Hercules. A set of 14 Audio lectures are available online along with study materials.



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