Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Written by Mathew Naismith
Like last night’s dish, writing about cooking by spirituality is a knew occurrence for me, mainly because I’ve never made a warm salad before. I seem to be doing this more often these days, not just preparing different dishes than I have before but preparing these dishes without a recipe and quite successfully.
My wife is just amazed in what I can cook without a recipe at times, some of the ingredients I use my wife wouldn’t think of using together and in the way I use them, the funny thing is, never would I. All I do is see what ingredients I have to cook with and I start preparing the dish. No I’m not a connoisseur, I’m just a carpenter/joiner who doesn’t always like cooking, I’m barely a cook.
Being spiritually aware has allowed me to focus quite quickly at times which allows me to become connected to my inner knowing; I don’t actually prepare these dishes I have never tried before without a recipe, my inner knowing is preparing these dishes not my mental human self.
The thing is you don’t have to be spiritually aware to prepare such dishes through the inner knowing, all what one has to do is become focused, this can be accomplished by anyone and most often is. Take a sports person for instance who gets into what is called the zone, once in this zone, they are able to accomplish feats they thought impossible for them, believe it or not scientist are no different. Why are some scientist’s better scientist’s than others? I believe it’s all to do with focus, once we focus enough, we can all become connected to this inner knowing no matter who you are.
Let’s look at meditating, we focus to get into a meditative state either by focusing on our breathing or whatever, as long as we can focus, we will become connected to our inner knowing just like getting into a meditative state off consciousness. Most scientists would absolutely deny this because it takes away from their controlling ego which is based on human perceptions not our inner knowing, the inner perception.
Saying that anyone can do this is fine however becoming spiritually aware does help with this focusing, it might not produce the focusing itself but it helps with being able to focus, this is done by simply being aware.
Aware of what? Aware that by focusing we can all become connected to our inner knowing which most of the times for a lot of us is sitting there quite dormant, it’s just sitting there wanting to be used.
Utilising the inner knowing should be natural to us but it’s not, our minds are way too controlled by the controlling factors of the ego which takes away our focus especially on our inner knowing. It is indeed wise to be aware, aware of being more than our controlling ego wants to perceive.
Supplement: I should note here, I used chicken in the dish, yes I now this is supposed to be adding to the cruelty to the world and adversely effecting my vibrations. I do not judge one life form as being more of an importance than another, killing an animal for energy to me is just as bad as killing a plant. Have you ever heard a weed scream just before you pull it out or a tree after it has been cut down? Trees take weeks to die/transform; it’s an utterly horrible sound.
I have a farmer friend of mine who got he’s farm helper to put his ear against the trunk of the tree; he then raised the axe with the intention of striking the tree with the axe. The farm helper could hear the tree literally suck in.
No matter what we do we are hurting and killing other forms of energy around us to feed our own energy, this is the way it is. The way I look at it is that everything is energy and all we are doing is transforming this energy. The energy we are killing/hurting isn’t dying, it’s being transformed and most often these transformations will cause discomfort, look at our transformation to becoming spiritually aware, it can be most painful at times. Listening to the screams of weeds in anticipation of being pulled out is but one of these energy transformations.
I don’t focus on the screaming plants or trees, what I do is passively have an intention to be aware of what is occurring during an energy transformation, this eases the stress of the plants I’m about to transform into another form of energy. What we are doing at the moment is actively having intentions of transforming other energy forms, this isn’t very easing for the plant or animal that is about to be transformed. If we could learn to be passive within our intentions this would make it a lot easier for the things we transform around us.
Yes it would be far better if we didn’t have to use other energy forms to keep our own energy at a reasonable level, that I believe is a little further down the track for the human species. In the mean time we do what we must do but at the same time realise all we are doing is transforming energy not destroying/killing it.
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Written by Mathew Naismith
Edited by Karla Blowers
Note: I should state here that I didn’t take on all of Karla’s suggestion however most of the syntax errors have been corrected.
I have inserted a further part to this short story in the hope to be able to explain more of what the story is about in bold letters at the end of this post.
A wise man wondering about the countryside came across a valley with a large village poised in the middle of it and stopped to ponder. All of a sudden, a person from the village appeared and approached the wise man as if he was expected. Without introducing himself first, & without hesitation, the man from the village asked, “Will you be our mentor & leader?”
The wise man poised in silence and then asked of himself in quietness, “Will I be their mentor and leader?” The man from the village stood by in bafflement wondering why a wise man would not answer such a simple question immediately.
An answer come from within the wise man and was immediately relayed to the man from the village; “It takes a wise man to see a wise man. What you see in me, you are also. From this, all one needs to do is become aware enough to know this”.
The man from the village seemed even more baffled and perplexed while looking down towards the ground pondering to what this all means. Looking up at the wise man again, in silence, the man from the village poised in thought, "I see your wisdom so what you are saying I too am of that wisdom but that isn’t so!!"
Immediately, noticing what the man from the village was thinking, the wise man said, “It takes a very wise man to ponder, and a not so wise man to not ponder at all. All answers are within, and to connect with this inner knowing one must pause & ponder in silence to obtain such knowing from within. My friend, you are ready to take lead, as you have pondered”.
“But I don’t have the knowledge or experience to lead as you could”.
The wise man replied without hesitation as he was still speaking from within – said “A wise old man once said, “It is far wiser to know one’s limitations, and it’s another to allow these limitations to limit oneself ” Knowledge and experience will come if one is wise enough to know of one’s limitations, as you have done”.
Still perplexed, but understanding the wise man to a point, the man from the village said, “So if I became leader and mentor of my own people, wisdom is all I need? Knowledge and experience will come forth as I no longer limit myself to these limitations?”
Immediately, the wise man replied, “Nothing is impossible if we ponder for a moment, for it is within this pondering that we become wiser and more understanding of our inner knowing. Not only will we become more aware of what is around us, but we will become more knowing of all without thought. You must be aware of what is within. Are you, or are you not ready?”
Looking down at the ground the villager pondered for a moment, & with a determined look upon his face he looked straight into the wise man’s eyes & was about to ask another question when the wise man queried, “Have you noticed how you look down while pondering?”
“I suppose so” the village man replied.
“Wisdom isn’t of finding awareness when looking down, for in this lies our limitations. When pondering, always look about and within. Once you learn to do this, knowing will come from being aware, not looking down into our limitations”.
All of a sudden the village man broke into a huge smile, “I’ve got it! I’ve got it!”
“Indeed you have my wise friend,” was the last thing the wise man said to the man from the village as he leaped down to his village within the valley yelling out “I’ve got it!”
While still in ponder, the wise man watched the man from the village leap and yell down towards his village in glee, the wise man thought for a moment, “I am now mentor and leader of but another village without even wanting it to be. Such is wisdom.” He then turned away from the valley with the village below and strolled off into the countryside again, not knowing, or wanting, or needing to know for where his wisdom will take him.
Wisdom was needed in this story to not just identify wisdom within all ourselves, but to identify and understand that our limits are there to show us what we don’t know and understand. The villager had the wisdom to identify with his own ponderings, but didn’t as yet understand that he’s limits were actually limiting him; he saw them as borders to never be crossed unless one was experienced and knowing enough to cross them. Once the villager realised these limits weren’t there to limit him but to show him what he didn’t know and understand, he became more aware of his inner wisdom and yelled out “I’ve got it!”