From science and spirituality to sleeping with a mosquito

Every week, for the last couple of years, I’ve been going to watch videos.  No, not blockbusters, not comedies or dramas, but fascinating and enlightening documentaries that often link spirituality with science and get you thinking…

If you have heard of authors, leaders and great thinkers such as the Dalai Llama, Eckhart Tolle, Leonard Jacobson, Wayne Dyer, Nassim Haramein etc. etc., then you have an idea of where I’m coming from.

For those who are new to these names, maybe I can give a tiny glimpse of some of their ideas….

The Dalai Llama believes ‘that the very purpose of life is to be happy…. the key is to develop inner peace’.  He says, ‘There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.’

He also said, ‘If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito’.  I really recommend his book ‘The Art of Happiness’.

Eckharts most famous books,  ‘A New Earth’ and ”The Power of Now’, encourage people to live in the ‘NOW’ not wait until we get what we want before we become happy = be happy now, with whatever you have got, because there is ONLY the Now.  When tomorrow, or next week, or next year finally comes, guess what, it will be the Now!

The Balinese already seem to live with this concept as it seems to be inherent in their philosophy, even their language doesn’t use tenses the way English does.

Some of my favourite Eckhart quotes are:

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

He once went through a really bad time and said to himself ‘I can’t live with myself any longer’.  He then questioned, who is this ‘me’ that ‘I’ can’t live with – as if there were two of him.

He then said, ‘What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am.  Who am I then?  The one who sees that’.

Leonard Jacobson founded the Conscious Living Foundation, and I couldn’t resist sending him a poem I had written called ‘Living Consciously’ (see extract below).  He kindly responded and said my poem captured the ‘essence of presence’, which is on the same lines as what Eckhart talks about, although they speak in very different styles.

Wayne Dyer came up with some great quotes:  ‘How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours’  he also said,  ‘Conflict cannot survive without your participation’  and,  ‘Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul’.

Nassim Haramein is a name to watch out for.  In his important videos ‘The Black Whole’ and ‘Crossing the Event Horizon’ (which is part of a series) he somehow enabled me to grasp his complex work in physics by way of his layman explanations.  He talks of an all-encompassing Unified Physics and connects religion, science and geometry together.

He highlights that in the Bible the word ‘God’ has been translated from the word ‘Tetragrammaton’!!  Tetra means ‘three’ and grammaton means ‘grammes/gravity’ i.e. weight (such a triangle/pyramid shape).  It paints a somewhat different picture from that of an old wise man with a beard sitting on a throne eh!  As he says, the exclamation ‘Oh my Tetragrammaton’ has a very different connotation to ‘Oh my God’!

Thanks to Rick at Namaste, Ubud for showing such thought provoking videos (and for letting me read a poem each week).

Do you have a favourite film of this nature – let me know by leaving a comment below…

Meanwhile, here is a snippet from my poem ‘Living Consciously’

Do you see the beauty
that surrounds you
can you dance to the sound
of the waterfall

Do you feel the wind
and watch its progress
across the treetops
green and tall

Does the white heat of the moon
make you passionate
in the dim light
of fire burning gold

Can you listen clearly
through the muffled silence
do you believe the miraculous stories
you are told….

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