This Is How To Tell The Difference Between A Heart Attack & A Panic Attack

Strong pain in the chest, sudden sweating, uneven breathing – these can all be symptoms of a panic attack. They can also be symptoms of a heart attack. In the event that you or one of your family members experiences these symptoms, it’s important to be able  to differentiate between the two.

Here’s how to tell the difference between a heart attack and a panic attack:

A Heart Attack – Main Symptom Is Constricting Pain

  • Those who are experiencing a heart attack describe chest pain as constricting.
  • As a rule of thumb, the pain appears in the center of the chest. It can move downward along the left arm and along the back.
  • Pain from a heart attack can also spread to the neck, teeth and jaw area.
  • The intensity of heart attack pain can change.
  • Pain from a heart attack lasts for more than five minutes. It doesn’t typically affect a person’s breathing.
  • A person who is experiencing a heart attack may feel a prickly feeling, which is generally restricted to the left arm in most cases. This is often accompanied by a cold, sticky sweat, along with feelings of nausea and throwing up.
  • At the peak of a heart attack, a person may experience a fear which is concentrated on the constrictive pain in their chest. They become afraid they might die.
  • Heart attack patients may experience quickened breathing when fear from the heart attack provokes a panic attack.
  • If you, a family member or a friend experience these symptoms for more than five minutes, call an ambulance. Get to the nearest hospital as soon as possible.

A Panic Attack – Main Symptom Is A Prickly Feeling

  • Many people are under the misconception that only something horrific or tragic can bring about a panic attack. The truth is, a panic attack can happen in the most ordinary of circumstances.
  • The symptoms of a panic attack usually reach their peak after about ten minutes.
  • The pain from a panic attack is concentrated in the chest. It rises then falls.
  • During a panic attack, a person can experience a prickly feeling and numbness. These feels are not restricted to the left arm. They can appear in the right arm, legs and fingers.
  • During a panic attack, people often experience irrational fears. They might feel like they are suffocating or going insane.
If you aren’t sure what you’re dealing with, see a doctor immediately to be safe. Waiting is never the best solution.

Watch the video below for more information on how to identify a heart attack:

source and courtesy: David Wolfe

7 Signs You Are Starting to Live in the Fifth Dimension

“Dimensions are not places or locations, but levels of consciousness that vibrate at a certain rate. The higher we vibrate, the more dimensions we consciously experience.” ~ Liara Covert5

What Does It Mean To Shift From 3D Consciousness Into The 5TH Dimension?

One could say this shift is like a massive update to your entire operating system. It’s like upgrading from Human Consciousness 3.0 to Galactic Consciousness 12.0.
When we are ready to move beyond the 3rd dimension, we must go through the 4th dimension before we can enter the 5th. The 4th acts much like a purifying filter, for it is the realm of the heart that is filled with love, oneness and lightness. The 5th dimension is an even lighter in frequency, having a more pure love, cosmic consciousness and a true multi-dimensional reality.
We will be inside this photon belt of energy for the next 2000 years, causing a massive shift in consciousness for the entire humanity. Everyone on our planet will be shifting from 3D consciousness into a 5th Dimensional “enlightened reality”.
The shift will be bringing humanity into the Aquarian age of being one unified harmonious world working together in peace. It will occur as a very slow digestible rate that is easy to assimilate and integrate.

In my personal research with the inner worlds through my guide in deep meditation practices, I’ve discovered that there are 7 Basic Signs That You’re Entering the 5th Dimension. The cool aspect is that these signs happen for everyone. There are many more wild multi-dimensional experiences that will naturally occur for you during your shift from 3D to 5D, yet these 7 signs are guaranteed across the board.
If you are willing to remain in trust, love and surrender to your highest self you will naturally ascend and open yourself up to experiencing the 5th Dimensional consciousness with joy and effortless ease.
The best advice I’ve ever received was don’t take the shift too seriously, have fun and remember this is all a massive play of consciousness here for our individual and collective awakenings. Enjoy this grand spiritual adventure it is a truly amazing journey!


The 7 Signs That You Are Starting To Live In The 5th Dimension


1.) Daily life will be bubbling more often with feelings of great joy, lightness, love and wonder


The 4th and 5th dimensions are like receiving a major upgrade in your operating software and DNA hardware.  It’s as if your mind-body will be offered to work inside the newest fastest computer that operates smoothly at the speed of light!  It will help if you reboot it (meditate, exercise and go raw/vegetarian diet) which will make your body and mind much more stable, expansive, have a sharp creative mind, clear memory, and make your overall life much easier to operate.
How to know that you’re entering the 4D or 5th Dimensional realm, you’ll feel very spacious and light.  You’ll be open to trusting the constant effortless flow of life in each moment.  A real feeling of wonder and excitement will be inside you about your life, as this natural lightness will help you to greet new opportunities with real love and gratitude each moment.

2.) Heavy negative issues you’re carrying will release easier and move through you more quickly


Everyone is here to do their work of learning the lessons their soul came here to learn.  You too will be learning how to let go, drop your negativity, smallness, powerlessness, incompetency, and poverty consciousness.  You will be releasing all your old heavy baggage you’ve been carrying for lifetimes!  This is the only way you can enter into these higher vibrational 4D and 5D levels that are full of trust, lightness, laughter and love.
Instead of it taking months or years in psychotherapy for your karma to dissolve it will take minutes or seconds! It’s like the Universe will be turning up the velocity on your inner juicer and turning your dense heavy substances (thought feelings) removing the pulp, keeping the essential nutrients and giving you a more enlightened experience of life that feels like liquid light!

3.)  You will physically experience the world as being more beautiful with your senses


The colors of the world will look brighter, stronger and have more pizzazz to them! You see a wider spectrum of colors, that may appear like rainbow ‘hippie’ colors.
When you’re more emotional the colors are even more beautiful and have a happy vibration to them.  When you meet people who are living in the 5th as well, can bring up such a deep happiness inside they could bring tears of joy to your eyes.

You will be able to hear the divine song of creation, the music of the spheres, the eternal OM, and the sound of silence.  You can attune your listening to an orchestra of light that is constantly playing in the background, bringing tears of joy to your heart.

4.) Time will feel fluid, eternal and illusory


You will move like water from one event and life experience to the next.  There will be no judgment or ill feelings about how or why things are done the way they are done. You will realize that you are not the doer, and that things are being done through you.
The 3D view of time will seem pointless and like kindergarten consciousness as you’ll understand that there is no end to this life.  You’ll know you are an eternal being who cannot die and is all powerful.  You’ll realize that when your life in this body is over, you will continue to live on and on forever.  You will know this without any doubt.

5.) You’ll constantly have unexplainable synchronistic experiences and “miraculous” manifestations will happen regularly.


Amazing synchronicities will be an everyday occurrence.   The Universe will be speaking to you constantly, giving you “signs” on where to go and what to do.  It will feel like you are on a miraculous journey through a magical world and anything is possible!
When your third eye is fully open, you will start to see through this 3D dimension and into the 4th and 5th. This means you may start seeing lights, portals or layers of energy in the sky or perhaps right across your kitchen table.  As the veil between dimensions gets thinner you will see more and more of what is really around you.

Science and spirituality will truly become one and you will have full and total understanding of how it all works as you will be merged with the oneness of all things.  By practicing listening to your guides on the higher realms, you’ll be able to know anything about anyone at anytime.

6.) You will know and feel divinely guided by something higher than your own mind/imagination


As your mind begins to quietyou will be able to hear your guidance from the other dimensions.  This may be from angelic guides, spirit guides, past ancestors, or beings on a higher plane showing you the way home.  As you tune into this, you will soon realize that you have many beings in higher dimensions that are around you helping you all the time. 
Whoever you connect with you will feel extremely supported, safe, secure as the frequency on the planet will be soooooo high that no lower dark energies will be able to survive here.  You will be able to trust 100% in the connect and experiences you have.

7.) You can access the miraculous powers of your true multi-dimensional body

Because time and space are illusions, and all matter is energy and consciousness, and you are made of the same stuff as everything around you, you’ll be able to manifest the most amazing things with your mind.
You will be able to learn how to pass your hand through a solid surface, physically levitate above the ground, move objects with your mind, bi-locate, be in 3 or more places at the same time, and basically anything that you can imagine you will be able to experience.
Advanced beings will assist you and even help you to time travel with your body to other worlds and dimensions.  You will enter into the sphere of your existence which means that you’ll be able to jump into any event in your life, past or future instantly and experience whatever it is you wish to experience.

We all want to enjoy our time here to the maximum.  During this time of increasing energy and vibration on the planet, we must keep a high frequency level if we are to fully explore this world in the most enlightening and enjoyable way.  To be able to do this, we must travel deeply inside ourself, and rest in the silent source that is at the core of who we truly are. We must be willing to relax, let go of all your old comfortable habits, and drop into the “unknown zone”. 

Written by: Jafree Ozwald source : gostica.com

18 WAYS TO RELAX YOUR MIND AND SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

Our present day lifestyles cry out loud for simplification. Most of us live in over-complicated, stress-laden daily routines in which we keep on trying to fit in even more activities, commitments and tasks up to a point where it’s totally insane.


We consume more of everything, constantly try to do more and always end up blaming the clock for not giving us more time by the end of the day or week. It’s pretty obvious that we need to turn around our lives and relearn how to live simpler – or in other words think, plan and do things simpler.
1. Start Freeing up Space:
Decluttering is an essential part of simplifying life since leaving your outer and inner spaces clutter-free allows more clarity, less noise and obstruction and hence more harmony overall.
2. Filter the Essential from the non-Essential:
This is a very important point I emphasize a lot in my course on Simple Living because it is the basis of a simple, hassle free life or oppositely the cause of an entangled, chaotic one. In short, simplifying life means learning what is essential to your life purpose and discarding all that isn’t.
 3. Write your most important tasks first:
Every morning write the three most important tasks that are directly related to your life mission or that in some way support it (could be less or more than three tasks). These are the tasks you should focus more on and the important thing is to start straight away with them if possible and try your best to complete them within the day. This habit will channel you in a focused, distraction-free life in line with your purpose.
4. Learn to Say No:
When you try to make everybody happy, you very often create more stress and complications for yourself.
Being helpful is important but you need to do this without sacrificing simplicity. The trick is to learn to say no when necessary in a firm and nice way.
 5. Learn to use more help:
Life can be so much easier – and simpler – when we get rid of pride or shyness and try to reach out for others’ help. Sometimes all you have to do is ask!
6. Give up the ‘Maybes’:
We spend a lot of time and energy on ‘maybes’ – indefinite things on our agenda or things we are not sure of whether they are important or not. My advice is – it’s better to drop the maybes than carry them around because the probability is that they are not important for the long term goals of your life.
7. Use your intuition more:
Thinking and analysis requires a lot of energy and mental contortions. Intuition is simple and energy-saving since it bypasses all logic and analysis and points you straight to the solution.
My advice is – spend less time in your head and open up more to listen to your heart’s intuitions.
8. Keep a simple digital life:
Keeping a simple digital life makes a whole lot of a difference considering we spend so many hours a day in our digital space. In fact the paradox is that digital life has complicated our lives in as much as it has made it efficient. A simple digital life involves keeping a clean email inbox, a tidy file and folder system (where it’s easy to find what you’re looking for) and using tools and apps that simplify your tasks and work loads.
9. Be nifty with information: 
The bottom line is to use information as long as it helps you make your life better. The rest is superfluous and a distraction which can only contribute to overcomplicating things. Use information more wisely and life will get much easier – not to mention you will free up more time.
10. Consume less of everything: 
A general rule in simple living is to stand back from excesses and consume only what nourishes you and supports you. This doesn’t mean you need to impoverish your life. Quite the contrary, abundance does not mean an oversupply of things but rather an always available supply of those things that support your most authentic needs. Think about it.
11. Spend more time alone:
In our hectic lifestyles, we spend little time with ourselves. Some will actually feel lost by themselves which would show there are things that need to be worked on.
In any case spending more time alone encourages you to stand back and review certain things in your life such as what is working for you and what is holding you back.
This can also be a good time to contemplate on how to simplify your life and make it better.
12. Be clear in your words:
Not being clear in our speech often reflects the fact that we are not very clear in our thinking. However sometimes we are clear about our thoughts but fail to communicate them clearly which can create confusion, misunderstanding, lack of clear guidance and ultimately more issues and complications. The way to a simpler social life is being more clear in speech and if you are not clear, then it’s better to say less until you are.
13. Declutter on the go: 
For those of you who like me are not really decluttering freaks, I have found that decluttering on the go really works for me.
This means that you can clear up and pack up things while you are doing stuff like cooking, using a room or moving from one room to the next.
I find it much easier to do something while I am already on the go rather than having to do it as a chore by itself.
14. Make away with useless routines:
Whether you like it or not, chances are that you have some routines that are useless at best if not downright counterproductive or making your life harder than it should. Routines should be there to simplify life but we often implement routines out of habit, compulsion or merely without any clear intent whatsoever. Be mindful about which of your routines are helping you and which are making other things in your life more difficult.
15. Honor your free time:
Time is as important as space in the philosophy of simple living. Having more free time is important since it helps in decompressing your mind from worries, stress and other things lingering on in your mind. This decompression time is quite essential for re-booting and refreshing yourself and ultimately keeping your life simpler.
16. Consume less media:
We live in a world constantly bombarded by media. Yet our consumption of media is not just passive.
To make things more complicated, we also actively search and consume more information on different media channels – most notably social media nowadays.
It’s easy to get stuck and waste hours of our day hooked up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, consuming information that is ultimately irrelevant to our life goals.
17. Prioritize your work load:
It goes without saying that prioritizing is an important word in time management and managing your time is at the same time an important key to simplifying life. In the working life, most of the stress comes from pressure due to restricted time frames, urgency, conflicting deadlines and unclear priorities. Having a clear strategy for prioritizing tasks and projects is not only effective at work and business but a good attitude to adopt in life in general.
18. The KISS mantra – Keep It Seriously Simple:
The overall attitude to a simpler life is to always keep things as simple as possible. It has to become a mantra or a constant reminder present in mind.  Whatever you do, be always conscious that simple will work out best in the long run. This should permeate all aspects of your life whether it is work, business, relationships and health. Keep it simple and you will see how it will always work magic.
source and courtesy: Spirit Science

Seven Teachings from the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Lessons on How to Live and Die Well


DO YOU EVER WISH YOU HAD A MANUAL FOR LIFE? SOMETHING YOU COULD TURN TO FOR THE ANSWERS ON HOW TO LIVE A FULFILLED, SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY LIFE?
Religion and spirituality have long attempted to provide a roadmap for souls seeking a meaningful life. And the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche in 1992, may just be one of the most important guides to living a better life. The book presents the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
When I first read the book 20 years ago, I was working with the dying and thought it would help me to support them, as well as myself later in life, when death became more of a possibility. But I soon discovered it is a book about the death of the unreal and is very much a book that helps you to truly live. It marked a turning point in my life, where I committed deeply to actually living a spiritual life instead of only having the concepts of one.

Happiness is Up to You

While the aim of the book is to support people to die a good death and to help each of us experience a peaceful death that will lead to a positive next life, the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying also has many incredible teachings on how to live a happy life. It teaches us about the interplay of life and death and is a spiritual classic for all seekers on a path to living a full and happy life.
Sogyal Rinpoche’s book has been described as having the power to touch the heart and awaken the consciousness. In this tome he explores: the message of impermanence; evolution, karma and rebirth; as well as the nature of the mind and how to train the mind through meditation. The Tibetan Dzogchen master shows us how to follow a spiritual path in the modern world and provides wonderful teachings on the practice of compassion; along with ways of supporting the dying, including specific spiritual practices for you to use at the moment of death.

A Peaceful Death

In his foreword to the book, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama says:
AS A BUDDHIST, I VIEW DEATH AS A NORMAL PROCESS, A REALITY THAT I ACCEPT WILL OCCUR AS LONG AS I REMAIN IN THIS EARTHLY EXISTENCE. KNOWING THAT I CANNOT ESCAPE IT, I SEE NO POINT IN WORRYING ABOUT IT. I TEND TO THINK OF DEATH AS BEING LIKE CHANGING YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THEY ARE OLD AND WORN OUT, RATHER THAN AS SOME FINAL END. YET DEATH IS UNPREDICTABLE: WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN OR HOW IT WILL TAKE PLACE. SO IT IS ONLY SENSIBLE TO TAKE CERTAIN PRECAUTIONS BEFORE IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS. NATURALLY, MOST OF US WOULD LIKE TO DIE A PEACEFUL DEATH, BUT IT IS ALSO CLEAR THAT WE CANNOT HOPE TO DIE PEACEFULLY IF OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN FULL OF VIOLENCE, OR IF OUR MINDS HAVE MOSTLY BEEN AGITATED BY EMOTIONS LIKE ANGER, ATTACHMENT, OR FEAR. SO IF WE WISH TO DIE WELL, WE MUST LEARN HOW TO LIVE WELL: HOPING FOR A PEACEFUL DEATH, WE MUST CULTIVATE PEACE IN OUR MIND, AND IN OUR WAY OF LIFE.
Living a peaceful life is the key to having a peaceful death.
Here are a few important teachings from this comprehensive, practical and profound manual on how to live life.

1. Slip Out of the Noose of Your Habitual Anxious Self

The hard knocks of life can turn us into rigid, tight-lipped, and tense humans. You only have to watch the grey-faced, black-clad commuters to see this. I attended a retreat some years back with another Dozghen master, Namkhai Norbu, and he said the biggest issue with Westerners is that we do not know how to relax. Even when we think or feel we are relaxing, often we are not. In fact, we are degrees and degrees away from being relaxed, and it can take years of practice to learn the art of true relaxation. This beautiful teaching (explained in the excerpt below) gives us such a clear picture and direction on how to achieve this state of pure relaxation, much like a cat asleep on its back; paws floating in the air above, blissfully surrendered to the moment.

ABOVE ALL, BE AT EASE, BE AS NATURAL AND SPACIOUS AS POSSIBLE. SLIP QUIETLY OUT OF THE NOOSE OF YOUR HABITUAL ANXIOUS SELF, RELEASE ALL GRASPING, AND RELAX INTO YOUR TRUE NATURE. THINK OF YOUR ORDINARY EMOTIONAL, THOUGHT-RIDDEN SELF AS A BLOCK OF ICE OR A SLAB OF BUTTER LEFT OUT IN THE SUN. IF YOU ARE FEELING HARD AND COLD, LET THIS AGGRESSION MELT AWAY IN THE SUNLIGHT OF YOUR MEDITATION. LET PEACE WORK ON YOU AND ENABLE YOU TO GATHER YOUR SCATTERED MIND INTO THE MINDFULNESS OF CALM ABIDING, AND AWAKEN IN YOU THE AWARENESS AND INSIGHT OF CLEAR SEEING. AND YOU WILL FIND ALL YOUR NEGATIVITY DISARMED, YOUR AGGRESSION DISSOLVED, AND YOUR CONFUSION EVAPORATING SLOWLY LIKE MIST INTO THE VAST AND STAINLESS SKY OF YOUR ABSOLUTE NATURE. – SOGYAL RINPOCHE, THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING


2. Know Yourself

So much of Buddhism emphasises discovering the timeless, that is, what lies beneath the ‘false’ self, and how to let go of all that encumbers us and causes us to lose sight of what is real and already there. To be with ourselves in those quiet moments is essential to spiritual awareness and healing.
WITHOUT OUR FAMILIAR PROPS, WE ARE FACED WITH JUST OURSELVES, A PERSON WE DO NOT KNOW, AN UNNERVING STRANGER WITH WHOM WE HAVE BEEN LIVING ALL THE TIME BUT WE NEVER REALLY WANTED TO MEET. ISN’T THAT WHY WE HAVE TRIED TO FILL EVERY MOMENT OF TIME WITH NOISE AND ACTIVITY, HOWEVER BORING OR TRIVIAL, TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE NEVER LEFT IN SILENCE WITH THIS STRANGER ON OUR OWN? – SOGYAL RINPOCHE


Being comfortable with ourselves, in stillness, is how we come to truly know ourselves.
These ancient teachings continue by urging us to realise the profound simplicity and ease of spirituality. It is something deeply natural that is part of everyday life.

3. Spiritual Truth is Common Sense

SPIRITUAL TRUTH IS NOT SOMETHING ELABORATE AND ESOTERIC, IT IS IN FACT PROFOUND COMMON SENSE. WHEN YOU REALISE THE NATURE OF MIND, LAYERS OF CONFUSION PEEL AWAY. YOU DON’T ACTUALLY “BECOME” A BUDDHA, YOU SIMPLY CEASE, SLOWLY, TO BE DELUDED. AND BEING A BUDDHA IS NOT BEING SOME OMNIPOTENT SPIRITUAL SUPERMAN, BUT BECOMING AT LAST A TRUE HUMAN BEING. – SOGYAL RINPOCHE
My teachers in India often say that spirituality is about moving from merely existing, to actually living. This is living without the mental clutter; the constant dissection of life, so that when we are eating a mango, for example, we fully taste and experience that mango. We are not meant to be miserable, confused, or mired in mental debris. It is our birthright to be peaceful and content. And this is for all of us, not just a few enlightened ‘chosen ones’. Each one of us can reach a state of awakened consciousness.


4. Meditation Unknots the Mind

The book shows the incredible power meditation has on the mind, as exampled in the following quotes:
DEVOTE THE MIND TO CONFUSION AND WE KNOW ONLY TOO WELL, IF WE’RE HONEST, THAT IT WILL BECOME A DARK MASTER OF CONFUSION, ADEPT IN ITS ADDICTIONS, SUBTLE AND PERVERSELY SUPPLE IN ITS SLAVERIES. DEVOTE IT IN MEDITATION TO THE TASK OF FREEING ITSELF FROM ILLUSION, AND WE WILL FIND THAT, WITH TIME, PATIENCE, DISCIPLINE, AND THE RIGHT TRAINING, OUR MIND WILL BEGIN TO UNKNOT ITSELF AND KNOW ITS ESSENTIAL BLISS AND CLARITY. – SOGYAL RINPOCHE
THE GIFT OF LEARNING TO MEDITATE IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF IN THIS LIFE. FOR IT IS ONLY THROUGH MEDITATION THAT YOU CAN UNDERTAKE THE JOURNEY TO DISCOVER YOUR TRUE NATURE, AND SO FIND THE STABILITY AND CONFIDENCE YOU WILL NEED TO LIVE, AND DIE, WELL. MEDITATION IS THE ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT … QUIETLY SITTING, BODY STILL, SPEECH SILENT, MIND AT PEACE, LET YOUR THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS, WHATEVER ARISES, COME AND GO, WITHOUT CLINGING TO ANYTHING. – SOGYAL RINPOCHE


5. Nothing Ever Works Out as You Want

I have a daily physical reminder of the wisdom of this next quote from the book. Each one of my four children was unexpected. Despite the best plans and precautions, I have four beautiful beings who have changed my life in amazing ways and I was definitely powerless in stopping the force of the universe that created them.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE IS LIKE GOING FISHING IN A DRY GULCH; NOTHING EVER WORKS OUT AS YOU WANTED, SO GIVE UP ALL YOUR SCHEMES AND AMBITIONS. IF YOU HAVE GOT TO THINK ABOUT SOMETHING— MAKE IT THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE HOUR OF YOUR DEATH. – SOGYAL RINPOCHE


6. Embrace Impermanence and Humility

WHAT IS BORN WILL DIE, WHAT HAS BEEN GATHERED WILL BE DISPERSED, WHAT HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED WILL BE EXHAUSTED, WHAT HAS BEEN BUILT UP WILL COLLAPSE, AND WHAT HAS BEEN HIGH WILL BE BROUGHT LOW. – SOGYAL RINPOCHE
It can be deeply humbling to consider that one day we will die and that there is nothing, not one thing, we can do to prevent this. We are utterly impotent and powerless against this total certainty. In fact, death is the one thing we can be sure about in life.
THIS WORLD CAN SEEM MARVELLOUSLY CONVINCING UNTIL DEATH COLLAPSES THE ILLUSION AND EVICTS US FROM OUR HIDING PLACE. – SOGYAL RINPOCHE
I remember some years ago, walking in New York with my brother and gazing up at the World Trade Centres; so much steel, standing invincible, at such an incredible height. It was a breathtaking construction and it made me contemplate how living in a man-made environment makes you forget how insignificant you are. Somehow your ego becomes overblown, knowing that all that is around you was made by man. When you visit or live in the great forests, extraordinary canyons or traverse the mighty ocean; completely at the will of the wildest nature, you have a much more accurate sense of your place in the world. This humility and respect for the forces of the universe engenders gratitude and wonder. When we live from this place of humility and reverence, we open ourselves to higher inspiration and life becomes extraordinary.


7. The Optical Delusion of Separateness

A HUMAN BEING IS PART OF A WHOLE, CALLED BY US THE “UNIVERSE,” A PART LIMITED IN TIME AND SPACE. HE EXPERIENCES HIMSELF, HIS THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS, AS SOMETHING SEPARATED FROM THE REST—A KIND OF OPTICAL DELUSION OF HIS CONSCIOUSNESS. THIS DELUSION IS A KIND OF PRISON FOR US, RESTRICTING US TO OUR PERSONAL DESIRES AND TO AFFECTION FOR A FEW PERSONS NEAREST US. OUR TASK MUST BE TO FREE OURSELVES FROM THIS PRISON BY WIDENING OUR CIRCLES OF COMPASSION TO EMBRACE ALL LIVING CREATURES AND THE WHOLE OF NATURE IN. – SOGYAL RINPOCHE


Learning to accept ourselves as a part of a whole gives us a greater capacity for compassion.
While this is only a tiny taste of this amazing book, if you consider these teachings, your life may shift in miraculous ways and you most likely will discover new life as the old dies away. For me, this final quote sums up the most important message of its profound wisdom:
HOW HOLLOW AND FUTILE LIFE CAN BE WHEN IT’S FOUNDED ON A FALSE BELIEF IN CONTINUITY AND PERMANENCE
Source: UpliftConnect via theearthchild.co.za 

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