Thought Filters

Nothing is exactly as it seems nor is it otherwise. – Zen Proverb

Seems contradictory, but true. We know that whatever we see is true from our position, our standpoint, our perspective. We know that it would look different from another perspective, and different from yet another perspective.

This is not limited to what we perceive through our senses. All our experiences are the results of our perspectives. But, sometimes we refuse to accept this.

Hence, it is said that nothing is exactly as it seems nor is it otherwise. From our position it cannot be otherwise. What is being seen or observed or experienced is effected by the seer, observer, experiencer.

Thus, the wise thing is to always remember the possibility of another experience. If we change our thought filters, we will see a different world altogether. You will always experience the evidence of your beliefs. I believe that God exists and I experience God’s presence.

#LoveJoyPeace
Shubha Baldota
Counsellor and Life Coach

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Time is the mould of human thought.

The trouble is you think you have time – Jack Kornfield

We do not have time because there is no time. Seriously. There is no time. Time does not exist.

Now you will ask me what is yesterday, today, and tomorrow then? What is past, present, future? Right? These are all our linguistic constructions for communication. There were no such constructions before language came into existence. But, there was life. And people and animals and birds and trees all were living.

To quote Immanuel Kant: Space is the form of ‘outer sense’ and time is the form of ‘inner sense’.

In short, time is the mould of human thought. Try thinking or saying anything without using any tense: past, present or future. Really. Try it. Can you? But, then didn’t the people who lived before the invention of language think? Of course, they did!  But, they must always be thinking about the present moment. They used their memory and imagination together to discover, create, innovate, invent.

We really have this moment. Do not postpone anything. Do it now. Unpack your heart and start doing all you desire. Right here. Right now. It’s not difficult. Our mind makes it look difficult. As Eckhart Tolle says, be out of your mind every once in a while. Meet the God who stays out of your mind. God exists in our experience.

#LoveJoyPeace
Shubha Baldota
Counsellor and Life Coach

Beauty

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless. – John Ruskin

I agree as well as disagree with this outspokenly honest statement. I agree that the most beautiful things are always inspired creations. Those who create such beautiful pieces of art or fine art or literature or any other performing or nonperforming arts create just for the sake of creation, for the sake of expression. They create for the joy of creation. They create because the inspiration is so strong that they cannot not create.

It is pure. It is blissful. It is divine. It is not banausic. They have no other motive to create it. And the creation may or may not be of any material use for anyone. Agreed.

But, material life is a very small fraction of our existence. The nonmaterial, nonphysical domain is too vast and unfathomable. In fact, it is beyond the capacity of words. And if we look from the perspective of this aspect of the existence, the most beautiful creations are the most useful things.

They lift our spirits. They nurture our souls. They bring us in the ever-moment. We become speechless. We lose the sense of time and space.

These are the windows through which we can have a glimpse of the nonlocal domain of existence. The experience lingers forever. We crave for it again and again. Because it is the knowing of the Universal Oneness which is beyond any definition.

What greater utility can anything have? So pay attention to art. Appreciate art. Make it a part of your life.

“Art begs you to notice it. Why? Because art is God’s way of saying hello!” – Neale Donald Walsch.

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Shubha Baldota
Counsellor and Life Coach

Love Freedom Soul God

Love. Freedom. Soul. God. All these words are interchangeable. All carry aspects of the other. All are the other. – Neale Donald Walsch

Profound!
These are not just interchangeable words. These are interchangeable phenomena. All are supreme. All are highly empowering. All are highest energy forms or frequencies.

Love and Freedom always coexist. Our Souls are free as well. God is both love and freedom. And every Soul is the individuation of the Divine.

By personal experience, I will add Bliss. It is the union of peace and joy. It is the power of the present.

Choose any one to focus on, to affirm, to act upon, or to demonstrate. The results would be identical. Yes, we have the choice. God has given us free will.

#LoveJoyPeace
Shubha Baldota
Counsellor and Life Coach

Consequences of Silence

Every word has consequences. Every silence, too. – Jean Paul Sartre

We have heard several times how words should be used carefully. We know that words are like arrows which cannot be called back. We have a pretty good experience of all this.

But, have we noticed the benefits of silence? And what is meant by silence?

Silence is not just absence of audible speech. Silence is quietening of the inner dialogue. Not by force, but with patience and understanding. When we arrive at such silence we experience true peace.

Peace has tremendous power, even more power than words. The mind which is peaceful and still is a powerful magnet. With peace even the most tough and complex  situations can be resolved.

These are the consequence of silence. Howsoever well-articulated the words may be, they cannot match the power of silence. And this can be known with experience alone.

Choose to experience the strength of silence. It is the same as experiencing Divinity.

#LoveJoyPeace
Shubha Baldota
Counsellor and Life Coach

Just move on!

Guilt and fear are the only enemies of man. Guilt is the feeling that keeps you stuck in who you are not. – Neale Donald Walsch

Just think. Can you feel guilty unless there is a shift in your awareness? If you are engrossed in doing something in any moment, you cannot observe or understand whether it is right or wrong. The moment you start observing, you become conscious of the doing. Your conscience is awakened. You can analyse whether what you did was right/good/just or not. Now you are a different person altogether. With the understanding as regards your action, you should move on.

Feeling guilty is like putting one foot forward and allowing the other foot to rest on the previous step. You cannot move on. Drop the guilt and carry the lesson. Don’t judge yourself. Whatever you did was part of your evolution. Simply accept yourself as you are in this moment.

Fear is yet another enemy. It simply locks up the tremendous potential of creation each human has. Fear also keeps you stuck. And if you wish to or supposed to be there, why would anything else excite you or even stir your mind?

If something beckons you, you must move on in that direction. You will be amazed at the precision with which everything unfolds and leads you further. Try love. Give your passion a chance. Try God.

#LoveJoyPeace
Shubha Baldota
Counsellor and Life Coach

Creating Joy

If life gives you lemons, don’t settle for simply making lemonade. Make a glorious scene at a lemonade stand – Elizabeth Gilbert

Life gives us everything to create, expand, evolve and to have fun. Look at everything in your life and think how can it add to your joy. Sounds weird? But, it’s not. It’s a matter of change in approach. Things may be causing stress, things may be making you angry or anxious or sad or helpless or…. But, change your approach…not just the perspective. Change your approach while dealing with the situation or problem or person.

Nothing happens with you. Everything happens for you. – Tejguru Sirshree Tejparkhi. This sentence has helped me change my approach in the most disturbing, angry or maddening moments. If everything that’s happening is for me, then I try to dig for its purpose. The moment I change my approach, I become peaceful, hopeful, curious and everything that happens thereafter is insightful.

According to Gautam Buddha we have only two causes: joy and gratitude. And when we learn to be grateful for the seemingly unpleasant experiences, we find the joy of living.

Experience and suffering are two absolutely different things. As Eckhart Tolle says if we accept every experience as though we have chosen it, suffering ends. We can experience pain, but suffering is unnecessary.

We are born to be joyous all the time. Each and every spiritual teacher says this. Each and every spiritual master lived this. This is just one way of living. But, indeed the wisest one!

#LoveJoyPeace
Shubha Baldota
Counsellor and Life Coach