Sunday 06 April 2014 – Incarceration

Is incarceration beneficial to humanity, to our cultural evolution and to the very fabric of social existence? The answer as it currently is represented at a mainstream globalised level is no. The answer is no for various reasons. Firstly incarceration is a what I like to call a closed loop process, this means that if we look at the process of what incarceration involves it can be summed up as follows (Now, before we continue further I would like to state that the criticism on incarceration is towards mainstream models of imprisonment that are currently in place today. This models find themselves all over the world and are not limited to the USA):

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Tuesday 25 March 2014 – Thoughts on life…

I am a big believer in the inter-connectivity of life, this all means that the mind and emotions and body work in unison and rhythm with each other, they are in fact essentially one… With this in mind, no event happens in isolation… Let’s consider this as we explore the following…

In life at times, we often are distracted by what we consider negative, arduous, difficult or encumbersum. The mind and body revert to instinctual mechanisms of survival and we literally move in to what is known as ‘survival mode’. This not only affects our physiology (nervous system function, organ efficiency, etc), it also affects our emotions and mental state. These distraction bring about imbalances in our perceptions and in our 4 bodies (emotional, physical, mental and spiritual). With these distractions, our perceptual focus shifts and our view or observation of life becomes skewed to only ‘one way of being’. Our perception are therefore lopsided and not a true indication of what life really is.

The impact this has on us is detrimental to our health at all levels of the body. Our goal is to realize and live the following:

1: The inter-connectivity and importance of all of life… Noting occurs in isolation…
2: That balance in perception of our circumstances and events is essential in order to maintain equilibrium and homeostasis within… Which lends itself to an almost peaceful nature within and greater, broader understanding of our lives… This then equates to resilience and an increased capacity to make choices as we are essentially wiser…
3: Identify our highest values – what is truly important to us? Know this deeply, live this fully, breathe this eternally… If we are not sure what this is – we may refer to the study of axiology and there are certain processes we can adhere to that can assist us in identifying clearly what these are…
4: Live our lives according to our highest values – This is a true life. If we can do this whole heartedly then we are being true to ourselves and eliminating in internal friction caused by the disparity of living a ‘false’ or unfulfilled life…

If we spend the time and the energy in mastering ourselves, our Universe and the manner in which our entire being behaves in the space we find ourselves in, then we are not only evolving but rather re-establishing and re-realizing our infinite potential… SS.

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Friday 07 March 2014 – Death

Written for one I love deeply…

Firstly, a perceivingly complex subject matter that can run far deeper than the words written here… Secondly, I wish to not offend anyone, but only offer an alternatively view on one of life’s miracles… And thirdly, keep in mind that it is our collective and cultural conditioning that has prepared us to approach death in a certain manner, undoing this (if one feels the need to) can take some time and reconditioning of the mind…

I have written about this subject matter several times before. It always makes for an interesting conversation.. Death is so taboo in the Western world… The majority of Western culture, whilst idolising sex has repented death. The East on the other hand has embraced death and repented sex… An interesting dichotomy of sorts, regardless that is a separate conversation for another post…

This post will deal with death and the way in which many of us perceive and accept death in to our lives… We can intellectualise the process of physically dying as much as we like, it is one of those ‘life experiences’ that are generally highly emotionally charged… We use terms such as ‘passed on’ or ‘passed away’ because we struggle at times to say die or death… When we know we are losing a loved one or perhaps we know we are dying ourselves we often become emotionally charged to the point where it deeply and powerfully affects our thoughts, our behaviour and the entire way in which our being functions…

In all cultures and epochs through out history death has been loaded with symbolism. It has been understood in many different ways, and more than often misunderstood… Whilst death for many of us is sad (and it is wise to feel our emotions surrounding this life event), death is also a moment to rejoice and to celebrate – for life exists in polarity, not in singularity. To deny the simultaneous existence of the polarity of life is to deny life itself…

Please allow me to elaborate… At times death becomes so overbearing that we become almost constantly depressed. The death of a loved one can trigger deep emotions in us that last for such a period of time that is negatively affects our way of life, the way we function and the way in which we perceive our world… Our perceptions and perspective upon life determines not only our reality but the quality of life we live… When a loved one dies, we only tend to focus on all of their strong points, the beauty, the positive, the great about them, what we miss the most (in other words, a one sided view of their existence). Whilst this is absolutely necessary in honouring their memory, it can be detrimental to our psyche and emotional state if we choose to focus on only this and for lengthy periods of time… This grieving process is dramatised by the single minded view we take upon those we have ‘lost’… But have we really lost them per say?? 

Well in one sense we have ‘lost them’ (physically), but on the other side (polarity), their energy, essence and what they represent in our lives has simply transformed and transcended in to another form… What I am suggesting is that we establish a balanced perspective and understanding now not of death, but of the intricate and quite simple workings of life… Life presents itself in a constant flux of polarity. Two sides (or more) exist simultaneously at all times, we simply need to look for them, be aware of them an most importantly ask quality question, which lead to a quality understanding of life…

The subject of death is quite a sensitive one for most of us, especially when it is fresh in our lives it can be challenging… Challenge that presents itself in our lives is an opportunity for growth and personal evolution. I ask that we consider death as a beautiful part of our transition and realise the transformative power of death…  If we ask questions that elicit an answer that brings harmony and a balanced perspective in to our lives then we are on a path of greater self evolution…

- Why has death entered our lives, why have we attracted it at this point in time?
- What is the purpose of death?
- What is it exactly that we ‘miss’ about those that have died?
- Are we portraying a complete and balanced picture of who has died in our mind’s eye?
- How is understanding the role death plays in life going to assist in enhancing our wellbeing? 

These questions and more can assist us in preparing for one of life’s most enchanting moments… We simply need to view it that way and that is what it becomes…

Remember,what we focus on becomes our reality… What we focus on determines what we become… If we wish to become balanced, whole beings we must observe life without bias, but with an inclusive nature that demonstrates an understanding of polarity… SS.

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Thursday 06 March 2014 – Profundity

Profundity finds itself most alive when the entire being is in gratitude. When all aspects of being are aligned (that is the psyche, the body, the emotional realm and our spirit); we find ourselves in a space of intense creativity.

It is the expression of this highly attuned state of creativity that releases us from the bondage of normality and conformity, from a total lack of awareness of what truly is real to a complete state of purity and openness…

This all has potential to be real because the being is open to gratitude…

When we are truly thankful for who we are, where we are (the space in which we find ourselves in due to our own personal conscious and unconscious manifestations) and all that we know; we simultaneously recognise the beauty and balance in all that exists, we resonate at a higher frequency and the expression of our potential becomes infinite in its ability… This is the purest and most honest meaning of life and living… SS.

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Wednesday 08 January 2014 – Ecology

It goes beyond beyond rules and regulations… A collective, value driven, deep evolution is required in order to move towards a state of homogeny with the Earth… Once our collective values shift towards those that align with a balanced view of self and ecology, then we shall work with nature, not against her…

It is our deep connection to Earth, that allows us to remain respectfully in synchronistic aptitude with each other and the multiple and complex life support systems that simply support our existence and all cultural activity… With this in consideration it is imperative we encompass an inclusive relationship with each other, ourselves and our projected world/s if we wish to live in harmony and connection. By doing this we allow our potential as humans and spiritual beings to flourish and express ourselves at the highest possible point… Operating from this posture is ultimately fulfilling our purpose, which is express our highest selves and realise that we are all one… SS.

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Wednesday 01 January 2014 – Interview recording

I would graciously like to thank Kelly Sayers from kellysayers.com for the wonderful interview conducted recently. We discussed the origins of the inspiration for my latest book The Labyrinth of Life which you may obtain a copy of here. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have spoken with Kelly. Thank you and if any of my website followers have any questions, please feel free to contact me on: stef@thelabyrinthoflife.com.au

Be well and be safe… SS.

Link to interview CLICK HERE.

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Wednesday 25 December 2013 – Empowerment

It is often not until we let go of our emotional attachment to our perceptions of what and how we think the world should be, treat us, respond to us and be with us that we realise the true empowerment we actually posses in life…

We empower the externalities of this projected inner world by allowing people, places and circumstances to almost control the way in which we feel about ourselves and these specific situations.

It is not until we look deep within ourselves and begin the epic journey of query and question in search for higher octave truths that we realise this entire time the power we grant our external surroundings exists deeply within ourselves and can be accessed by simply reflecting and the sincere yearning to understand ourselves and be self realised…

Take what you will from the above, I simply had an urge to share with you this stream of thought… I typed as I thought and felt…

Christmas for most is a time of reflection, it allows those who engage in this cultural belief to look deeply within themselves and ask themselves one simple question…. How can I be of service to others and for the greatest good? When we ask this question with meaning and humbleness we open the pathway to inner creativity and this is where the magic occurs… Remember that cross culturally Christmas is simply symbolic of the time in which we remember togetherness, unity, connectedness and wholeness. Other religions, cultural norms and practices engage in other festive seasons where the symbolism runs parallel to this… There is no discrimination, only love and unification…

This is the power of collective meditation and connectedness… SS.

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