Tuesday, January 14, 2014

11 - Cultivating the Culture of the Heart

There is a beautiful meditation practice that I learned from my studies of the Ageless Wisdom. It helps differentiate between emotional, mental, and heart-known truths. It is designed to have us access our deep wisdom and verify it with reality and the principles that we hold most dear. It helps to remove cloudy thinking and mixed up memories, and to remove and fine-tune age-old beliefs that are no longer valid in today’s times. It is a method that filters, from our memory banks, the useful from the useless.

It is my experience that this practice can keep your brain and mind healthy and up to date. And, when done with consistency and especially at times when you feel confused and unsure about your decisions, this meditation practice will help you find clarity. Most importantly, this practice develops in you the culture of your heart, of developing the deep understanding of all of life’s happenings through the truth of the heart.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

10 - Rational Living — Esoterically Defined

What does it mean to live a rational life? Mundane definitions are predictable and fit into societal norms; the esoteric definition of rational living is something altogether different.

“Rationality is one of the faculties that develops when people persevere on the path of aspiration and striving….People lose their power of rationality when they lose the power of perseverance. They begin to act in a way in which you cannot see in them any rationality. Their actions and thoughts lose the path of reason, and irrationality controls them.” (Initiation,the Path of Living Service by Torkom Saraydarian, p. 19.)

Rational living means to make choices in our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual life that have positive, healthy, vibrant results. It means that our life choices are based on cause and effect and we see that whatever happens in our life is no accident, it has a cause somewhere and some place in time.
Desire rules most of our life. We can make list upon list of what we desire. Desire in itself does not produce results, so we cannot think that by virtue of desire, we have all that we want fulfilled.
When we put our heart into a desire, it means we are aspiring, we are actually moving toward taking some action that will result in an outcome that we want. So, for example, we have a desire to have a healthy and slim body. We can sit and desire it all we want but this will not give us a healthy and slim body. When we aspire to have a healthy and slim body, we start to search and learn how to bring about a healthy and slim body. We look into diets, exercise, join the gym, watch health shows on TV, and read the latest articles on health and wellness.

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