Atheist is a person, according to me, who is unaware of his own divinity. I met one atheist who was talking about altruism. I said to him, “From where did this thought of altruism come? Is it not the sense of oneness which has sponsored the thought of altruism?” He declined. He said that it was just common sense. From where does this concept of ‘common’ sense come and what does it imply? Is it not something we feel in ‘common’ with others ? Doesn’t common sense imply something that makes sense for all?
It is said that law is nothing but common sense. It suggests that if we apply common sense, we will not need laws. In fact, if we understood what makes sense for all, we will not need many things…we will not need wars, we will not need to spend billions and billions on defence..we will not need courts to administer justice…nor would we need religions to know and do what is good and pious. (But, common sense is not that common, yet.)
Today I met an atheist. He said, “I don’t believe that God exists.”
I said…what is that?
He said what do you mean?
I said…what is it that you believe does not exist? …
I said..that’s what I am asking..what is God?
He was puzzled.
He said what do you mean by that…what do you mean by..what is God..?
I said…i mean what I asked…what is it you are calling God..?
He exclaimed…you don’t know about God?
I replied…how can you expect me to know about that what you do not believe to exist?
He was silent.
I added…actually we cannot possibly argue about something that does not exist. To quote Aristotle: To say that something does not exist is a ‘contradiction in terms’. You are not talking about God’s existence. You are denying either to see or to admit the proofs of His existence. You are not refusing to accept that God exists. You are refusing to accept His presence inside you and inside everything. Isn’t it?
It would not be out of place to mention about agnosticism.
a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God.
According to the philosopher William L. Rowe, “agnosticism is the view that ‘human reason is incapable’ of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify either the belief that God exists or the belief that God does not exist”.
I think the very basis of theism is neither logic and/or reason nor belief formed or acquired? It is a matter of knowing.
Someone once asked Carl Jung, “Do you believe God exists?”
Jung replied, “I do not believe. I KNOW God exists.”
It is a pure and simple knowing. And as such, a very personal experience. In fact, recently I came across a video in which a young woman says that her relationship with God is a private matter. I could resonate with that thought. I, too, enjoy a very special and intimate relationship with my Friend, God. 😀
Seek The Good. This is the task today. And what a wonderful task ! Seeking the good in itself is the best thing you can do to yourself.
You can prove with all vehemence that nothing good is happening in your life…that everything is getting worse or worst. Yet, negative logic takes you nowhere. Remember, good and bad always coexist. You just need to pay attention to good and always seek good. You notice things through the glass of your own perception. Your emotions become your pilots. If you are feeling sad, you will notice pathos. If you are feeling joyous, you will notice celebrations and carnivals.
From where does a feeling come after all? Thoughts create feelings. Thoughts provide the ground for our perspective through which the perception happens. Choose better feeling thoughts and bring a shift in your perspective. Look for good. Perceive good. Seek good. This practice when made into a habit can change the course of your life. Seek to see good. Seek to experience good. And life gets better and better each day. It is the syntax of life.
Just as, grammatically speaking, better and best are the comparative and superlative degrees, respectively, of the adjective ‘good’; so is with life. If you desire a better or the best life, first say: Life is good. So simple !
Affirm: I am good. Life is good. Day by day in every way I am getting better and better. Thank you.
I know. I know. We should elevate our mind above matter. We should rise to the realm of spirituality from the world of materialism.
But, what does spirituality truly mean ? To me it is a way of living focused on the things which really matter. Hence, I am training my mind to be only with that which matters.
I have devised a method to check whether my mind is focused on what matters. I enquire with my Soul. My Soul speaks to me through my feelings. So I have an aparatus called the feelometer. When my mind is with what matters to my Soul I feel good. There is a balance. There is harmony. I then try to use my body to execute the Desire of my Soul to express and experience the Soul’s beauty.
I check again whether the execution went fine. If I am still feeling good, I am sure it did.
In short, to me, the only thing that matters is the desire of my Soul. It makes perfect sense to me. What does truly matter to you?
Wish you all a happy and healthy World Mental Health Day.
Commence some practices today which will keep your mental health intact forever.
1. Meditate EVERY day. If you do not know how to meditate, learn it today.
2. Affirm: “I Love and Approve of Myself.”- Louise Hay. Say it meaningfully. Say it at least 3 to 4 hundred times every day…especially before retiring at night.
3. Whenever there is a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind. – Dr. Wayne Dyer. Kindness increases serotonin levels…a great healing hormone.
4. Pursue your hobbies. A must for reducing stress.
5. Practise deep breathing whenever possible. Keeps your brain healthy and efficient.
6. A 20 minute brisk walk in the morning releases endorphins..the Positive and Happy hormone.
7. Read at least a couple of pages every day which can inspire you. Do not read the newspaper in the morning.
8. Smile is the window of your Soul and Laughter is the door. – Neale Donald Walsch. Laugh often and much. Laughter is the best medicine.
9. Choose peace in every situation. Make it a habit. Peace is equal to innate happiness. Peace brings prosperity. Peace brings the best of everything to us.
10. Love. Love everything. Hate cements what you hate. Love transforms it. And Love empowers you beyond measure. Love includes unconditional acceptance.
And last but not the least…as you wake up with a thankful heart, sleep with a thankful heart!
God bless us all with superb mental abilities.
Love, Joy, Happy Thoughts
Counselling Psychologist, Nasik, India.