Everyone's always looking for answers. Many find religion and look for God. Others devote themselves to the sciences to unlock the mysteries of the
Both will never accomplish their mission.
Religion has been used to manipulate the masses, preying on their fear and desire for hope. It has become a tool to control people with. After all,
everyone wants power. For more on this type of thing, click here.
Controlling The Masses
The Forbidden Teaching
Religion teaches a person to look for answers externally. Some of the eastern philosophies offer a different interpretation. A person can act as a
guide, but if you want answers, you have to do your own leg work.
Science, on the other hand puts an emphasis on ease. It also seeks answers externally. However, in it's current phase, our science is still in it's
infancy. It does not yet focus much on the big picture. Instead of the person, they look at the disease within the person. Instead the body, they
isolate the muscle. Instead of the plant, they isolate a chemical compound within it. All of this, the emphasis on ease, the misdirection of attenion,
the external focus, this puts us out of touch with nature.
For more on this concept, please look here.
Science vs. Spirituality- Debate
What I am going to be offering in this thread, is an alternative. There is another way. A much older
way. The focus is internal, the emphasis
is self-reponsibility, the applications are universal. There is much more to our world than we currently understand.
With the information that I am going to be providing, you can cut out the middleman, and inturn, restore your connection with the divine. We're all
searching for answers. In the end, we are our own best teachers, but we sometimes need a bit of help.
The first and most important step is shattering the programing that holds us back. We need to severe our restraints. Society has imposed upon us
certain ideas about who we are, how we're supposed to behave. However, we can change our perception of ourselves, by letting go. We're going to ask
nature to help us.
Go to a park, or nature trail. You have 10-15 minutes for this exercise. No less. Do something outrageous that you'd never do. Maybe hop up and down,
scream, roll in the dirt, jump into a river fully clothed and swim around making animal sounds, whatever. You must continue to do this the whole time.
Pace yourself, don't get hurt, but if you wanna climb a tree, climb it, if you want to roll in the dirt, do it! Make sure it's something that you
normally would never do. You need to let go. This will be very hard for most of you. As adults, we're not allowed to have fun and play like kids. But
why not? Why can we not enjoy ourselves too? We just need to realize we're allowed to have fun.
Do this exercise at least once a month.
Go to a park or nature trail. You could do this after the first exercise, in fact, I prefer it like this. You have at least an hour. Find a tree, a
plant, or a rock. Sit there, and look at it. At first you'll be thinking "The Hell with this...I have better things to do!"
But you must
learn to let go, reconnect with nature. As your mind wanders and you think of other things and turn away, remind yourself that you're here for a
reason. Tell yourself you're looking at your subject, to try and find something interesting or beautiful about it. Ask the rock/tree/plant "Do you
have anything to teach me?" Then just try not to think of anything, just enjoy looking at it. The first 20 minutes are most likely going to seem like
they took forever. However, once you're connected, the rest of your time will fly by in a blink.
Do this exercise at least every two months. However, the more the better. If weather or health reasons restrict this, a house plant will work just
Go to a park or nature trail. (See a pattern here?) Have a seat somewhere that you can be comfortable. Your mission is to spot as many animals(bugs
included) as you can. Just relax. Open your minds, and set it to "look for animals." Once you get over tha\e urge to pan with your eyes, you'll
start picking up movement easier. Other variations, focus on scent, and pick up changes in smell. Is a storm coming, etc. Or close your eyes and
listen for changes in sounds, detect where it's coming from, try to identify it. Or, close your eyes, stay very still, and try to feel change. How
has the sun moved, where is the wind blowing, do you feel the footsteps of animals? etc.
Play with this idea.
This last nature-based exercise for loosening up/expanding awareness focuses on tracking. Most of us cannot follow trails too well. However, if you
see an animal, try to follow in it's direction. If you then see a more obvious trail from another animal, foot prints, scat, broken branches, moved
stones, follow it. Move very slowly, and try to follow it. Use common sense, don't get lost, and don't follow a snake trail, or a black bear trail,
or anything that could be dangerous for the untrained.
Every day, 3 times a day, morning, noon, and night, look in a mirror. Now, make the biggest, cheesiest smile you have ever made. Now, hold it, and
breath naturally. Focus on this cheesy smile. Hold it for 98 deep breathes. You will find yourself changed in a month or two.
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[edit on 12-8-2007 by TheGreySwordsman]