Thought for the week
Where is hell and how do we get out of it? How can we turn our hell into heaven? For a lot of people this life can be hell and for most of us it will feel like hell at sometimes in our lives. We can have a very serious issue to deal with or we can have a whole series of problems coming from different areas in our lives. This can cause us to feel like we are living in hell. Can we find our way out of hell into heaven? Is there a magic key which will open the prison of hell and allow us to enter into heaven?
Where is hell? A person viewing our life may see our situation as uncomfortable or inconvenient. They probably can't see that we are in hell. Hell is within us. It is an inner feeling. This feeling is coming from the way we view our life and also our attitude and expectations. As it is an inner feeling, are there ways we can control it or at least lessen its influence on us? Here a a few keys we can try-
While we are going through this feeling of being in hell we can often feel unloved, forgotten and unappreciated. It is a hard place to be and often requires a persistent struggle to get out of it. The old saying “To get love you must first give love” holds true, especially when we going through difficulties.
If we are in pain or anger, those feelings can be picked up by others on a subconscious level. They just get the feeling of our unhappiness and stay clear. If we can manage to do some act of kindness or love, our attitude will change. The love we are giving to another touches us as it is passed to them. Their attitude also changes when they see that we have some love to offer. The whole situation changes. Doing something for love, is one key which can help us move from hell into heaven.
Count our blessings
Where is hell? It is often in our worries and problems. As our problems mount up it can seem like our world is getting darker and darker. One of the lights we can us to brighten ourselves is to count our blessings. We can do this mentally but writing it out on a sheet of paper works much better. The act of writing helps to bring the idea of the blessing into a solid physical form. There are any number of things we can count as blessings:
Our health, we can still breath, walk, feel, stand, see, talk, eat and drink.
We have friends, family, pets, plants, books, music, the radio, work, a hobby, interests, TV, films, theatre and more.
We also have food, water, shelter, heat, electricity, phones, cars, technology and lots of modern conveniences.
As we look around us we can see the environment, the city, the country, forests, rivers, the sun, the clouds, plants and the many wonders of the natural world.
All these things bring some blessings into our lives. Our lives would be a darker place without them. If we can focus on these little blessings for a while, our problems will lessen and we may have found another key to a way out of the hell.
Live in the moment
One thing we notice about problems, is that they are usually in the future or in the past. Where is hell? It is often in the way we think about problems and challenges. If they are with us here and now we just deal with them as best we can. If we are worried about issues from the past or the future we are not dealing with something here and now, they are in our mind. If we can move our focus to where we are at this moment, the problems lessen in intensity.
A friend recently explained it this way. If we have some dishes, plates, cups and glasses sitting on a kitchen table, we don't have a problem. If one falls off the table, we do have a problem which needs attention, a broken dish. We can now deal with the problem by cleaning it up. If we are worried that something might fall off the table, we have a worry or a problem. This is something within our mind, it is not real. We are creating a fear in our mind. This situation may or may not happen in the future, but it is not here now, it is not real.
If there is a possibility of preventing the crockery from falling from the table, we should do what we can now. Where is hell in this story? It is in the worry about something falling off the table. We can sit and watch the table in anticipation of when the dreaded moment arrives, when something could fall from the table. We are in hell waiting for this moment. If we didn't have this fear in our mind, we could be in heavenly peace and not in the worrisome hell. If something falls and breaks, we deal with it then and try and make sure it won't happen again. We learn how to make it right.
If we can avoid our fearful thoughts of what might happen and live in the moment, we will have a more heavenly life and we have found another key to heaven.
A technique which has proved successful for many people is the HU Song. It is a key to heaven and can move us there in moments. Firstly take a few deep breaths and on your outgoing breath sing the word HU, pronounced like 'hue'. With your eyes closed, watch for lights on your inner screen and listen for sounds or music from within yourself. In your mind think of someone or something you love, something that warms your heart. This can often lead us into a relaxed contemplative state where we may get insights into the issues in our lives. It can also bring us to a state of peace. HU is a sound from heaven, where we are as Soul. As Soul we are a happy and loving being and by connecting with this part of ourselves we bring some of that happiness and love into our outer life. It is a great way to move our focus to the positive view of life and very soon we won't be thinking of where is hell as we will be moving away from it.
Click here for more details on the Hu Song technique.
Where is hell?
So where is hell in reality? It is really within ourselves, in our thoughts, fears and worries. Hell is in the mental habits we have developed over our lives which lead us into worry and fear. Where is hell? It is in our worries, fears and negative way of thinking but we now have a few keys to help us out of this hell. As we discussed above they are:
Give Love - The love we are giving to another touches us as it is passed to them.
Count our Blessings – There are so many things which bring some blessings into our lives.
Live in the Moment - If we can avoid our fearful thoughts and live in the moment, we will have a more heavenly life.
HU Song - It can also bring us to a state of peace.
If you feel like you are locked in hell, you now have some keys to help you get out but it's up to you to use them.
See you in heaven :-)
P.S. If you have a key that works for you, please let me know and if I get enough I'll put them in a new article. Click on the 'Comments' link below to send me a note.
"People of the Christian faith believe that when one dies, that's it. One life, one time, and then heaven or hell. They don't recognize the unchanging Law of Karma that nonetheless plucks them back to earth. They're on the Wheel of the Eighty-Four, a reference to the many thousands of lives that people enter in the lower worlds of matter, energy, space, and time.”
“When our thoughts - which bring actions - are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be.”
George Washington Carver
“The Devil got landed with a shitty job, he has to deal with assholes everyday, he's probably bored as hell.”
“Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
“If you're going to go through hell... I suggest you come back learning something.”
“How can you be in hell while you are in my heart?”
“Diplomat: A person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.”
“If you're going through hell, keep going.”
“To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.”
“Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.”
Mary Baker Eddy
“What has always made a hell on earth has been that man has tried to make it his heaven.”
“If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.”
“So why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I'm going to hell?”
Matt Groening, spoken by the character Homer Simpson.
“He who makes a paradise of his bread makes a hell of his hunger.”
“I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.”
“Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia? Our time is forever now!”
“Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.”
If you've had enough of hell and are looking for something more peaceful, have a look at the Spiritual Inspirations page by clicking here.
This video is based on my picture Glimpse of God which was inspired by Gabriel Ezutah's book Trail of Immortality. The music is by Rosemary Duxbury and works well with the story and visuals. It took me about six months to put this together as I tried to get the water in the picture to move convincingly. It was nice to have Gabriel play his own role as the dreamer in the picture. Have a look and let me know what you think.
Friendship is one of the ways love comes into our lives. It is like a bright star which lights up everything around it. Some friendships develop slowly. We notice someone or we are introduced to them. As we get to know them we discover some traits we like or find attractive. We then establish a relationship with them and so our friendship begins.
Love at first sight
Sometimes a friendship can begin immediately from a first meeting where we feel at home with a person. It seems like we know each other for ages, yet we have just met. This type of friendship, when it happens with couples is often referred to as 'love at first sight'. A friendship where we feel we already know the person is probably an old friend from another lifetime. We are just reconnecting again because of the bond of love between us. We know and love each other. If we have an understanding of past lives and the fact that we continue to develop as we go from one life to another, we can then see that these friends who we seem to know well, are indeed friends from previous lives. If we loved a person in a previous life, we will love them again in this life. This is a simple explanation the “love at first sight” phenomenon.
Accept their wisdom
Friends are often the people we learn easiest from. We like them and we respect them. They may occasionally challenge us but because we like them we accept their wisdom easily. Some friends are good because they can tell us some uncomfortable truths which we may not be aware of or wish not to hear. On reflection we often see that they were right. It's at this point we discover the the quality of their friendship. Their strength of character and understanding of us allowed them see what was best for us.
Some of us have inner friends who we turn to when we have nobody else. Some have a family member who has moved on to the inner worlds. Others have saints or a holy person who offer guidance. For some this inner friend is the Life-force or Holy Spirit offering guidance in many aspect of their lives. Often this guidance comes as intuition or a knowing or a feeling of something which is right. It just feels right and therefore is the only right thing to do.
Be friends with ourselves
One of the most valuable and positive friendships we can develop is with ourselves. If we can be friends with ourselves, love ourselves and be aware of the goodness within us we will be a more balanced and positive individual. While there may be some aspects of our personality we don't like, deep down we are a perfect person. We have our individual traits so that we can learn from them and also so that others can learn from us.
We are here on a temporary basis, our personal traits whether they are skills or disabilities, good or bad personalities, nice features g or ugly, sociable or a reclusive, these are all temporary. When we move on from this life we move closer to our more perfect self, Soul. As Soul we are perfect but we are still learning to appreciate and become aware of this. If we can begin to see this perfection within ourselves we will begin be more accepting of ourselves and develop an inner friendship with ourselves. This inner friendship will help us be better friends with everyone we know.
Soul to Soul
When we see the love in our friends, we are catching a glimpse of Soul. When we show love to each other we are working as Soul to Soul. This accounts for the wonderful feeling we feel when we are “in love”. It is a flow of love from them and to us. We are getting closer to each other as Soul. This is one of the blessings of friendship. We receive love and we have the opportunity to give love. As we give and receive love we are touching the life-force, which maintains our worlds. Friendship is a source of love, a way of touching the Holy Spirit.
Wishing you love and friendship in your life.
For more insights into love and friendship, visit the Spiritual Writings page by clicking here.
“People with the Golden Heart are full of love and have the ability to give all of themselves. They are the shining lights.”
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.”
“Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends.”
“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”
“If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.”
“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
"Fiendships are discovered rather than made.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
“Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight is said to be the only truth.”
“Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?”
There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.”
“Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, But which will bloom most constantly?”
“The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.”
“Secret forces are bringing compatible spirits together. If the man permits himself to be led by this ineffable attraction, good fortune will come his way. When deep friendships exist, formalities and elaborate preparations are not necessary.”
“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.”
“Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”
St. Thomas Aquinas
For more insights into friendship and love, visit the Spiritual Inspirations page by clicking here.
Thought for the week
What would love do? This is a great question to ask when we are unsure of what to do in a particular situation. For example, a friend was recently flummoxed by a repeating pattern in her life. Here's her story.
'Una' had recently been shopping with her two daughters of four and eight. She had forty Euro with her but within an hour she had spent it on cloths and some unnecessary items. She had forgotten that she needed the money to pay a bill later that week. When she remembered the bill and realised that she had over spent, she asked her inner guide “What am I going to do about that bill now that my money is gone?”
Shortly after that, she bought a snack for herself and her daughters in a café. She handed in a ten Euro note and the cashier handed her back the change of a fifty Euro note. She now had in her hand the money she needed to pay the bill later on in the week.
She now faced the question, Is this my inner guide's answer to my problem with the bill or is it a test? Has life given me what I need because I asked for it? Is this money coming to me because at some point in our lives the cashier or the owner of the café owed me the money? Is it karma I am being repaid or is it karma I am about to create?
Her mind was becoming overloaded with the questions and the many possible answers. How could she find the right answer to this puzzle. If she choose to keep the money would she be creating new karma for herself or would she be receiving payment for karma she was owed from another time? Was she just accepting a gift from the Life-force or was she taking someone else's money?
What would love do?
As she sat there enjoying her snack, her children were happily playing together She closed her eyes and though about how life was good to her. Her children were happy, she had a delicious snack in pleasant surroundings and she had been given a gift to help her resolve the bill which was due later in the week. The Holy Spirit and her inner master had given her these gifts because they loved her. She was indeed fortunate to have this love in her life.
Her thoughts then drifted to the cashier who had given her the extra money. Did the Holy Spirit love her too? How will she feel when the missing money is discovered? Una then wondered, what would Love do in this situation? If she was Love what would she do? It then became apparent that the missing money would cause a problem for the cashier and Una would just have to find another way of dealing with her bill, later in the week. She had overspent and needed to take responsibility for her error.
As Una left the café she handed back the money that wasn't hers. The cashier was very appreciative and Una felt a sense of achievement because she had worked out how to deal with the situation. She was also uplifted by the love she had just shown the cashier. She had found the way out of the maze of mental questions by asking the simple question, What would Love do?
Is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?
Another way of asking this question is to ask ourselves, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind? For Una's situation her answers could have been as follows:
Is it true? Yes, it is true that I need this money?
Is it necessary? Yes, the money is necessary to pay the bill later in the week.
Is it kind? Yes, it is kind of life to give me this money, or No, it is not kind to the cashier who may have it deducted from her salary.
The fact that it is not kind gets to the answer but the question, What would Love do?, arrives at the answer a lot quicker. If you were Love, that energy which brightens everything it comes in contact with, what would you do? Your intentions would be for the best of everyone in the situation. You would do what is best for all in the long term which means it may be uncomfortable for some people for a while.
Una, did what was best for her in the long term. She would have be responsible for her actions such as overspending but she also received the gift of working closer with the Life-force by asking the question, What would love do?
Wishing you Love's guidance in your life.
For a few more ideas of what would love do, visit the Spiritual Writings page by clicking here.
“Real love is selfless. We do continual acts of kindness to make the way easier for our loved ones.”
“The capability to love is the most noble of all qualities of Soul, for to love is a greater ability than to rule over one's fellow-man.”
“There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God's finger on man's shoulder.”
“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”
“Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”
“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.”
“Do I love you because you're beautiful, Or are you beautiful because I love you?”
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
“For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.”
“Forget love - I'd rather fall in chocolate!”
Sandra J. Dykes
“Love is a sweet tyranny, because the lover endureth his torments willingly.”
“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”
“Hate leaves ugly scars, love leaves beautiful ones.”
“Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.”
“Who, being loved, is poor?”
“Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.”
“A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.”
Frank A. Clark
“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
“We loved with a love that was more than love.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.”
“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”
“A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away.”
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
Henry Van Dyke
“It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.”
“If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.”
“Love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.”
Ursula K. Le Guin
“Love never reasons but profusely gives; gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, and trembles lest it has done too little.”
“Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”
“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”
Zora Neale Hurston
If you are looking for some more inspirational love quotes you may find them on the Spiritual Inspirations page by clicking here.
Thought for the week
There are many of us who spend busy lives going from one task to the next. Sometimes the tasks are regular jobs we do every day, some are urgent or even panic jobs. When the jobs are done we look for other distractions such as television, alcohol, sport or some social events. We rarely take time to be with ourselves, to reconnect with our happy peaceful self. Our jobs and tasks in the physical world keep us distracted from our true inner self, Soul.
Our lives are a rush. For some people there is no way of avoiding the amount of things they have to do every day but allowing these tasks to be the sole focus of our lives can damage us, mentally and spiritually. When they become too much, we can develop resentment towards the tasks and those involved with them or towards the people who benefit from our work, such as our family or friends. We can also get the ingrained attitude that the way we do these tasks is the only way, thereby loosing the chance to learn something new or explore new ways of doing things.
Just what our mind can see
This is one of life's lessons, to discover that all these tasks are part of a test to distract us from finding peace within ourselves. Our mind sees these tasks as something we have to do. It is logical as far as the mind is concerned. There is no other way of getting these things done. We have to cram them all into the few hours in the day that we have in our busy lives.
What's happening here is, the mind is stuck in a grove and cannot get out of it. All our tasks have to be done, this is obvious and logical. But this is just what our mind can see. We often feel overwhelmed by our busy lives. At this point we can go into a panic, get sick or collapse with some kind of a breakdown. These are ways our body reacts to the stress and pressure and instigates an end of operations so that it can have time to revive itself.
Need to balance
Some of us are scared to be by ourselves. We are afraid to meet the fears we keep running away from. If we are alone with our thoughts we may be drawn to an unpleasant memory or event from our past which we haven't been able to deal with. It could be something horrid we did or was done to us.
We do have a higher self, Soul, which can see that we need to balance ourselves if we are to survive this onslaught of tasks. We have to take time to allow peace and love into our busy lives. There is no need to allow ourselves to get to the point of collapse.
Here are a few techniques we can use to ease this pressure out of our busy lives.
I love you. I'm Sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
The Ho’oponopono technique is an act of accepting responsibility. Using this technique, we bring our awareness to a person or issue with whom we have a difficult, painful or troubled relationship. Wrong or right doesn’t matter here. It doesn’t matter which one of us was the abuser or the aggressor. We bring this person or situation to mind and simply say
“I love you. I'm Sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”
Here's how Wikipedia defines Ho’oponopono: “Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Similar forgiveness practices were performed on islands throughout the South Pacific, including Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. Traditionally hoʻoponopono is practised by healing priests or kahuna lapaʻau among family members of a person who is physically ill. Modern versions are performed within the family by a family elder, or by the individual alone.”
Another ancient technique is the HU Song. This can ease us into a way of getting in touch with ourselves. Take about ten to twenty minutes to do this. Firstly take a few deep breaths and on your outgoing breath sing the word HU, pronounced like 'hue'. With your eyes closed, watch for lights on your inner screen and listen for sounds or music from within yourself. This can often lead us into a relaxed contemplative state where we may get insights into the stresses in our lives. Click here for more details on the Hu Song technique.
We can get stressed by our busy lives because our mind dictates it. We need to find out what our heart wants so that we have purpose in our lives. Both of these exercises will help us move closer to our true selves, Soul, which has our best interests at heart. Soul can rise above the mind's mechanical logic allowing us to get a better view of the situations we are in and the people we are involved with. Soul looks at all these with love and kindness and shows us insights while we are in a calm contemplative state.
Hoping you can find the time in your busy life to discover the love and peace of Soul.
“Yes, people are busy every day creating new karma for themselves. The reason is they overreact to every slight... Grace and respect are two signs of a mature spiritual individual, whatever his religion or belief.”
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”
“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.”
“We all need to look into the dark side of our nature - that's where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we're busy denying.”
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
“He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.”
“Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.”
“In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plough your anger and your energy into something positive.”
“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.”
Mary Kay Ash
“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”
Thomas Alva Edison
“Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world.”
“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”
“While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.”
St. Francis de Sales
“If your business keeps you so busy that you have no time for anything else, there must be something wrong, either with you or with your business.”
William J. H. Boetcker
If you're not too busy at this moment, you'll find more inspirational quotes on the Spiritual Inspirations page by clicking here