Fear Happens, And It’s O.K. by Noemi Capote

Fear is not overcome from one day to the next. Letting go of fear is a practice that, if applied often, could become an easier element to experience. Fear, just like judgment, happiness, and so forth, are similar in that, each is part of the human experience. To think that it is wrong or inappropriate to experience any would be negating humanity as it is. We exist in a century that is awakening many minds towards a self-search and discovery that has the potential to transform lives into greatness and love. But, it does not exempt us from experiencing humanity as it is. With fears; some that feel as if they would drive us to insanity, and others that seem to never cease. But, that is humanity. We feel many emotions, in many ways, under many different circumstances, and that is O.K.
Fear may kick in and become our companion for a while. It may drag us towards the darkest of corners, and it may feel as if it is digging holes in many aspects of our lives. But with practice and action on our part, we can learn to overcome it. How else do we learn things in life? By trying to accomplish something, and taking steps towards it, until we reach our goals. And even after reaching our goals, if fear comes back around, then we will be ready to face it because fear is not a flaw or an ‘enemy’. Fear is an energy.
Fear is the awareness of the mind/body that there is something there that we need to pay attention to. Not to manifest it (if it is a negative thought). However, fear is there so we may take a look at it and examine why it is there and where it is coming from. There are thousands of materials on how to overcome this factor and I believe each works in accordance to the person and how it is perceived. They are all a collective message to help us live from the inside out.
Fear is part of life, and there are many, many, many levels of fear. I’m sure there are many people that have overcome this element in all its facets. Many are trying to overcome it. Others don’t have their attention to this matter. But, whatever it is that our fear or fears may be, we are humans, and fear happens. And that’s O.K. With practice, with purpose, and with will we could orient our path and our journey, to be fearless.
When fear strikes we may make one of two choices: Let it consume us longer than it should, even to the point of madness, or face it and overcome it.
With all of our heartfelt intentions, we can face fear and strengthen ourselves, little by little. Help is always there: people that offer a helping hand, Mother Nature and her capacity to embrace us with courage, and beings of light such as angels, archangels, saints, masters and so forth). – All are great contributors of healing for our mind, body, and soul, to rise above fear and be.
One step at a time! Poquito a Poco!

Does The World Need A Change? by Noemi Capote

Take a glance at the news today and it feels like the world is ending. From the chaos in politics to tragedies in the entertainment industry, from lives being taken away in atrocious ways, to personal craziness, the world seems to be in its worse shape ever.
What about the main issue that seems to grab hold of most of the humanity, financial status? Most of us are stuck in the grasp of financial restriction, and/or distress of what we have at the moment of not being enough. This can be stressful, leading to physical illness and other problems that come with excess stress.
Let’s not leave behind the still ongoing issue that society has against different cultures regarding customs and religious beliefs.  **  Ah! Spirituality, it can be a big one for many.
So many conflicts. So much sadness.
Does the world need a change? You think?
For example, how can a government, who should exist to protect its country and the people in it, be so blinded by ego as to cause human alienation? In Venezuela, at least in my hometown Ciudad Ojeda, hunger, fear, and anguish are raging people’s homes. Most are suffering very much, and it feels impossible to make that type of government dissolve and to return to its roots, of freedom and love for its people. But I guess that each individual has a personal agenda and a purpose to serve, even in the cruelest of ways.
The world does need a change!
Right now it feels like we are on the verge of some miracle to just happen because it is becoming overwhelming. It feels as if Earth is spinning faster each moment, and we’re racing to get ‘there’. To our special there. And there’s nothing wrong in that, it’s just that there is a vast amount of cruelty that cannot go unnoticed.
However, haven’t all generations witnessed troubling times? Such as those who lived through the times of worldwide wars. That must have been insane to live through, not only to witness it but also to be affected by it, and this reveals that the world seems to be hurting for quite some time and, for a positive change to be abolished as law.
But again, what’s with this change? Yes, we may believe that love is the answer and that a change towards the positive is essential, but how can it change the world?
It’s nothing really, because change only occurs one person at a time, and at different levels, through different circumstances, making positive change almost impossible to be appreciated as a whole.
Nonetheless, this “change” may represent the personal wellness program needed in life in order to become attuned to one’s body, mind, and soul, and most importantly, to heal.
Healing is what continues to happen on the path of change.
Does this mean that one needs to be spiritual, religious, goody-good, do yoga, sing OMs to showcase a change? Though those particular tools can help carve the path, in reality, change is about our individual persona and learning to take personal responsibility for our actions.
Being as it may, the following questions may help lead towards the path of change, or at least to help release much heaviness of the mind and of the heart:
What are your desires?
What are your dreams?
What do you believe to be real in life?
What do you enjoy doing most?
What can be a fulfilling career for you?
What steps are you taking to get you there?
Does money trouble you?
Does religion and/or spiritual matters trouble you?
Do politics and other world matters trouble you?
How can they stop to trouble you?
Do you feel guilty, ashamed, unworthy, doubtful, confused? If yes to any, why?
Are you blaming anyone for the negative in your life, and this includes yourself?
Are you hurting? If yes, why?
What would lead you to happiness?
Life is a constant cycle of choices and creations after creations.
With this, why not try to create a more positive inner self? Not a perfect human being, but a positive human being. That’s all.
The world is on a spiral bursting into flames, and we are witnessing it. As adults, we can talk or write about these things and realize that we humans have to help lessen the burden. A lot of us wish for all the conflicts and all the hurting to stop once and for all. A lot of us just can’t believe our eyes anymore. So, we start in our homes, our inner homes, and move from there on.
One step at a time.

Changing Perception Through Intention by Noemi Capote and Ivaylo Vasilev

There are so many circumstances and memories
that are hard to see with the essence 
of what we call love.
But, we must try.
We must try.
For when we see everything 
through the essence of love,
we become life.
How long will the roof need to leak until it crumbles down when all it needed was to be replaced? The same goes for the given knowledge of life that was passed down and has led us through our lives, causing our lives to feel inundated.
Replacing the way that one may have been thinking for 20 plus years may seem abrupt or even inconceivable. However, it is a transformative experience, no matter how it’s chosen to be approached.
Yes, there is much negativity going in this life. The past seems to have become a generous precedent in comparison to today’s destruction, suffering, and altercations. The planet is hurting, the animals are hurting, humans are hurting. The career, the job, the house, the spiritual pursue, the wars, the extinctions, all of it seems to become an overbearing experience and, applying what has been given to help us through life, does not seem to cooperate much with one’s heart’s true desires for happiness. And, suffering becomes a blurry reality.
Life is more than just what is displayed by the population. It just takes practice, will, and courage to decide to carve one’s personal path.
The decision to take control of one’s own way of perceiving life could be frightening for so many; after all, life is so very different for each one of us that, to indicate to live life like this or like that could become confusing and dreading.
There is nothing wrong with the desire to aim for greatness and success. This is humanity and that’s pretty much a collective desire, which can be both physically and spiritually felt to the point of awakening the drive to pursue one’s goals and dreams. However, there are those that are aiming for the same greatness and success but, with results that are obviously painful. So, it truly relies on the intentions of the heart. It relies on our ability to analyze our lives, kind of introduce ourselves to ourselves, and act.
The heart knows – this is the true source of our intentions. We just need to learn how to listen to it. However, this is very different for each person and there is not ultimate key to achieving a life of altogether happiness.
The question is, what is your individual key?
To find it – stay quiet in the night and try to think what in your past made you happy – it can be simple things – to hug a kid, to have fun with friends, to read a book, to listen to music, to swim on the moonlight…
The overall intention for life is for the experience to become less about who has all the answers, who is right, and what is real or not real. Its intentions are to become a harmonious existence which can be achieved starting with one heart; one person.
So do you feel like replacing your roof? What is it for you?… This is what your heart wants. This is where your true intentions will try to bring you if you give them a chance – if you give yourself chance to be happy.
Dig. Trust. Persist. Love.

Humanity by Noemi Capote

Humanity is not suspended in the air and independent from everything that exists in the entire existence of the Universe. We are physical beings who produce many thoughts, have many ideas, feel many emotions, and want many material things. Everything existing today is the manifestation of someone’s thoughts, brought into action.
In the big picture of life here on Earth, the suffering seems to be unstoppable and the search for happiness endless. And that’s the thing, it all becomes a search instead of an experience. But to get from one idea to the next we must first understand what humanity is.
Humanity is the experience of ego, pride, happiness, joy, anger, fear, and so many different elements which are derived from life here on Earth. Nothing more, and nothing less. There is no one to blame, no past to judge, and no future to deny. Humanity is an energy field of it all, the so-called good and bad. It’s one of the few species able to comprehend life in such a vast way and the kind that can create physical/material amenities, which is life as we know it.
The mind is where it all exists for the human. In the mind, everything is collected, recycled, and reused. We save the memories of each experience, some remain, others get forgotten, but we collect them, which later on pop up into thoughts. Thoughts are the recompilation of everything lived, but also of anything that we might want to experience or avoid. It seems as if the mind has several thought processes and a vast array of visions that, depending on the way we perceive life, affects our lives on many levels.
We hold the answers to our questions, doubts, desires, and much more within. It may feel scary, as if we’re going against God, or as if we may be doing something disturbing, but that can be untangled through the introduction of who we really are, what we really want to experience, what our material desires are, what our spiritual desires are, what our inner growth can achieve, what our physical body can empower, what life do we want to live before it ends for the body…
Freedom truly comes from within, because nothing that’s outside of us can truly give us that. However, it is in the way that we can logically fit our perception of life and others that marks the journey.
There are many resources that provide helpful information on the subject of the mind. We are very grateful to count with the expertise of an individual, who has devoted 35 plus years of his life, on the subject of consciousness and all things mind, Geoffrey Henshall. Given to the fact that this topic may be new to many, or perhaps it’s something that we want to further develop, we are having an open forum in which you the reader is welcome to provide with any questions related to this topic.
For starters, the following question was delivered:
  • In s1mple words, how can someone who for 20 + years of life has perceived life through superstition, religion, rigid doctrines and so forth, transform their perspective into the awareness of the now?
  • How can the mind be trained to understand the value of the present moment and for awareness to start to become a new lifestyle?
Stay tuned for the answers and feel welcome to submit yours.
Remember, one step at a time. Poquito a Poco.
Thank you.

Our Story-Lines by Geoffrey Henshall

What is mind in the context of how we view the world?
Is meditation about a clearer window?
The mind is like a storybook we see and hear, taste, smell, and feel, but we take all those connections with our life experience and then, automatically without much consideration, we make a story.  Stories can be happy, sad serious, well-meaning, or follow our intentions towards goals, even the tragic stories we tell again and again. So, is it the story that controls our feelings? I know storytelling gives me the satisfaction of some kind or is it just the telling? Telling a story needs an audience. Sometimes we just keep telling ourselves the same story over and over. Like as if one day the perfect ear will appear and we will have the perfect audience. The telling to ourselves has developed the story to perfection, perhaps, it could even get through to the most skeptical listener. We want others to follow our dream if only to give ourselves confidence and also to feel the feeling of empathy that is so important in the sharing process. Stories develop a life of their own with the listeners’ comments and observations helping us to evolve our thought process into reasons, meaning and purpose of every aspect. So much so that, the original story suddenly becomes a reflection of truth or fiction. The life of a story wanes until it is no longer relevant. Its purpose seems to be a lesson in life or a time capsule for milestones that we want to remember. Later, we might recall some of these stories and relate them to our present experience. In this process, the emotions that we felt in the original story appear to be revisited as a mirror reflecting our evolution over time, or, a lack of it.
The present is constantly accessing these old stories and feelings on a subtle level, barely noticeable, to our constant chattering thoughts… Really, the stories never seem to end, even if we try to deny thinking about them. Persistent stories can drive us crazy because they constantly pop-up out of the blue. Now, we are thinking about what we are doing in one moment, then next a song pops into our mind – a song we played last week, perhaps. We get really bored with this phenomenon and try all kinds of tricks to distract ourselves from these relentless repeating thoughts. Even if we practice meditation, sitting still, watching our breath, the feeling of air rushing in and out of our nostrils. All of a sudden last week’s song appears again or some conversation we had with someone etc. and so on. The mind has a language of its own that takes in everything we experience, processes it in many ways and catalogs it all so it can be reassessed and recalled for further thought, feeling and action. Dreams and illusions are also absorbed into this treasury and archive; the language of the mind is not discriminatory on content. Happiness and suffering are all a part of the story. Some stories we develop attachment and desire to others we abhor and want to forget but irrespective of our feelings they are there cataloged waiting to be recalled. Luckily though, the mind’s language has a way of managing itself so we have the subtle mind experience and we also have the more explicit experience that is cognitive thinking.
The cognitive experience is basically thinking, it’s what we are most aware of when we talk about the mind. This experience seems to drive us, gets us excited about some things and reluctant about others. Really though, the subtle experience, the underlying stories are the real drivers. So basically, we are for the most part content with assuming that our cognitive thinking is our primary driver of activity and so it follows that we can blame our thoughts for getting ourselves into all sorts of predicaments. This is why meditation is so important. We really need to get in touch with our hidden stories and meditation is really the only method there is.
Meditation has two themes, the first is the various practices that help us calm the mind so that we can get in touch with subtle story-lines that are behind every thought. The other is the explanation of how we deal with our everyday thinking. The tricks and distractions our normal thought process uses to control the outcomes of our actions. What I am saying here amounts to us having a hidden agenda, a hidden story-line even to ourselves. The second kind of meditation deals with this hidden agenda, with a system of antidotes in the form of analytical thinking. This analytical process is learned separately from the first meditation yoga – there are many books on this topic. However, unless the first type of meditation is properly performed, the cognitive mind will never become still enough to be able to sense our hidden story-lines, on which we need to apply the analysis. This analysis we learn from any of the appropriate knowledgeable sources.
In conclusion, I would like to say that to be happy or experience unfortunate moments in suffering eventually we will find they are all rooted in the language that preserves our hidden story-lines. The story of mind and how we view the world interacts in interwoven layers of experience that has evolved into many subtle stories that feed into our conscious thoughts. To unravel the complexities of our life we must surely take a look at meditation, the only way to find those persistent stories that influence us the way they do.
article by Geoffrey Henshall @ Google+ Geoffrey Henshall