Thursday 07 May 2015 – Enlightenment

What is enlightenment? Is it an end state? Is it a state of being? Or rather, is enlightenment a process, a journey and unfolding of purity, truth, abundance and realisation that we are all connected, that we is really I, that they is really I, that all is really I and that I is really all…

Enlightenment is not something that appears to us after ‘years of practice…’ Enlightenment, is in fact, is an evolutionary process at every level of being and at every stage of becoming… We do not reach enlightenment, but rather unravel our existence and life around becoming enlightened and we become enlightened by paying careful attention to the entirety of our reality… This is the subtle distinction. Enlightenment in actuality occurs at multiple times during our existence – and whilst can be considered an end state by some, it is in actuality an evolving state of being, that is simply a part of all of existence.

Every time we stop to pay careful attention, with sincere intention to our lives, our behaviours, our interactions with self, others, etc we are enlightened. How we commonly understand enlightenment is that it is an end state, after much hard and diligent work we reach an enlightened state of being and in between is simply hard, focused work… Whilst there is great truth in this, this crowning event is not the entire picture and this aspect or spectrum of enlightenment is only actually one aspect to its entirety… Enlightenment is every moment. There is no backwards, only forwards. With this in mind, we are always enlightened; we just don’t pay enough attention to realise this…

It is of note to mention the importance of exposure to self and perspective here in this instance. It is when we observe our perspective of life, our actions, our thoughts, our deeds, our feelings and when we consciously make a choice to alter our perspectives to experience a differing reality that we actually grow and expand every facet of our being… This attitude or choice is enlightenment in and of itself… The only way to understand this is to rest in this space experientially and feel this shift and transformation…

Like much or all of existence, Universal principles are adhered to where life is present. The process of enlightenment is no different. Whilst part of the consideration of enlightenment is an end state of being, this can only occur with the value accumulated during a process of careful consideration, attentiveness, intention, practice and patience towards understand all the deepened aspects of self… As a seed passes through all the stages of its growth; from adjusting to its environment, to swelling in the ground, growing budding into the sprout, growing into a glorious plant, and eventually going through all these processes of leafing, flower formation and maturing until it culminates as an adult fully grown tree. Enlightenment is absolutely the same. Without the integral stages of growth, enlightenment can never occur. We place a great deal of value on the end state of being. What we must do to deeply understand ourselves and our lives is pay attention to every moment of our existence. It is this momentary awareness of self, this exploration of happenings that lead us to greater evolutions of gnosis, of self-love, of acceptance, of understanding our place in the vastness of the essence of life…

Enlightenment, in essence, is the ‘end-state’ of our existence. So when the time is ripe, when we are ripe, Enlightenment will arrive in to our consciousness – this can occur countless times through out our lives. But, it will only do so when we have progressed through each of our own personal stages of evolution and understand every stage along our development. Every individual is intrinsically different to the other – their teachings are different outwardly, their experiences different; yet are still deeply and profoundly connected by the fabric of our existence. That is love, that is growth, that is expansion in to who we have always known we are meant to be… And that is infinitesimally magnificent… SS.

The Labyrinth of Life - Stefanos Sifandos

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Monday 20 April 2015 – Consciousness: The nature of reality

What is real, what is not? Are we to solely rely on our physical senses to determine what is ‘real’? If were to only allow our physical senses (taste, sound, touch, visual, auditory) to drive our perceptions and interpretations of reality are we still not limiting the infinite nature of reality? Our senses have limitations, for example without external, we cannot observe atoms, let alone quarks… Are quarks the smallest building block of matter? We (humanity’s understanding in this realm) are yet to confirm this… There is a great teaching here though… This teaching does not revolve round ‘knowing’ or confirming via scientific deduction or methodology if there reduction or expansion has an ‘end point’, but rather understanding our existence from a vantage point of what is infinitely possible.

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Tuesday 07 April 2015 – 5 Questions

Communication with one another is a gateway to understanding self at deeper levels. It is a gateway for greater self reflection, introspection and acquaintance with all aspects of self… It is an opportunity to listen, to hear, to absorb another’s reality and amalgamate that reality in to our own… It is an opportunity to practice intention and attention to another. This is crucial in our own psychosocial, emotional and spiritual development. This practice alone also allows us to be engaged, fully engaged in acts of selfless behaviours that are conducive to the expansion of our spirit and our entire being…

Consider the practice of the 5 questions below, they just may transform your perspective on this wonderful journey known as life… S.Sifandos.

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Saturday 07 February 2015 – The Human Condition – Love, Death, Loss & Gain

Recently a very close friend of mine had experienced what so many experience in their lifetime, but what so many of us are never really prepared for; the physical passing of a loved one. How do we prepare to detach emotionally, spiritually, physically & mentally from what we know to form such a large part of our existence, our world, our reality…? The circumstances of this passing were prolonged, deeply painful on multiple levels and extremely tiring and energetically draining for all involved. On various levels of being, the suffering was deep and the passing from a set vantage point was necessary as many of us would perceive these circumstances to be extremely unfair, painful and not ‘humane’.

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Friday 16 January 2015 – 11 Daily Practices

CREATING THE SPACE

A new year has turned its tide, how will you embrace your own personal evolution? There are specific practices that one may engage in daily or regularly that lead to a life where one is content, fulfilled and aware of existence in such a profoundly deep manner that empathy, understanding and gratitude are naturally postured. Not only does this occur, but one’s senses are also broadened and consciousness expanded upon…

These are known as daily practices that support the opportunity to query all aspects of life and existence deeply and in an interconnected manner. Below are a number of habitual practices that you may engage in; note, that there are additional habits that can add great benefit to your life, but concentrating on these will be of great assistance in the interim.

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Thursday 01 January 2015 – Statera Podcast Interview

Hi all, I had the pleasure and the honour to once again sit down with my good friend Adrian from the Statera Podcast and be interviewed and deeply converse and contemplate particular facets of our existence. If you feel like taking the time to listen, we would both be grateful. Additionally, we only touch on some pertinent personal and sociocultural issues and any additional insight here would of course be welcomed.

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Saturday 20 December 2014 – Unification

The video embedded below is one of great significance. When we are able to observe the allegory and the parallels draw towards a unifying consciousness from the essence of this short 12 minute video we are embracing what this video is truly about.

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