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“Love and compassion...are the ultimate
source of human happiness, and the need
for them lies at the very core of our being.”
~ Dalai Lama
rom Prime Creator were birthed
polarities from a field of compassion:
Yin and Yang, Light and Dark.
We were born into this maya ,
this separation or illusion. The whole
universe seems so real and finite to us, yet
now many scientists believe we are part of
multiple universe s, a multiverse. The illusion
runs e ven deeper into other dimensions ,
particle s demon strating intelligenc e, a nd
holographic connectivity. It’s not just inside
the universe – within our own bodies, we’re
da ncing with electricity.
“Each body is a universe, as good a
universe as you could conceive.” ~ Swami
We are part of something so awesome, so
inspiring, so massive and so fantastic!
Yet, so ma ny, pa rticul arly Westerners,
feel disconnected, fragmented, frustrated,
fatigued, u nsatisfied, unhappy, depleted,
over worked a nd stressed. Many are suffering
from sickness, are perhaps overweight a nd
Many people feel a spiritual hunger
that is not being satisfied by their work,
relationships, material ambition s or e ven
just the battle to produc e enough to sustain
themselves. They feel far removed from our
c osmic connection and destiny.
For ma ny, life is like climbing a n endless
mountain a nd never reaching the top.
Or, more like the Greek myth of
Sisyphus . Sisyphus played tricks with the
gods and was punished with having to push
a rock to the top of a mountain, only to
watch it roll back down again – and he was
c ondemned to repeat this action forever.
Such spiritual disconnection and futility
a re deeply rooted within the collective
We resonate with Sisyphus as every day,
we have the same routines and mundane
ta sks that stifle our creativity. We toil under
the same often tedious, repetitive tasks and
then have to submit a yearly tax return!
For a peculiar reason of history,
many kids grow up learning a dry “old”
s cienc e
that highlights Ne wtonia n
physic s a nd Desca rtea n separation. René
Descartes (1596 –1650) was a French
philosopher and mathematician who
doubted most things, e specially romantic
a nd conceptual theories, a nd broke
e verything down to reductive consciou s
e xperience expressed in his f amous phrase ,
“Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am).
Such thinking had its time. Now we
know we a re a ctua lly vibrational beings
sparkling and exploding with energ y a nd
life force – our very makeup is spacious and
We swim within a unified field of
intelligent energies that surrounds us, fi ll s
us a nd the spac e bet ween spac es. Even
that which appears solid and hard is really
sta rdust made up of energ y.
Behind all creation, is a love that unifies
us a nd reminds us of our true nature. To
understand this love, is to understa nd all
e xistence and dhamma.
Even the story of Sisyphus can be
turned into inspiration : “If the descent is
sometimes performed in sorrow, it can
also take place in joy... The struggle
itself toward the heights is enough to fill a
man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus
happy.” ~ Albert Camus
The experience of human s uffering is richly
textured and a part of the human journey.
An examination of the Buddha’s life in
service to humanity serves as an important
source of understanding.
At 29, Prince Siddhãrtha Gautama wa s
called to escape the confines of his palace.
He discovered a world of suffering. His
spiritual journey thus beg an with a que st to
Many life changes and spiritual
awakenings occur when Saturn returns.
Saturn Return is an astrological life threshold
that brings restructuring, and often lots of
difficulty and change. (It is when the planet
Saturn reaches the same point in the sky as the
time of a person’s birth and the person enters
the next stage of life.) In Hindu astrology, a
transition takes place ever y 7.5 years.
Gautama took his body to the limits
of spiritua l seeking and asceticism before
accepting rice and milk and devoting himself
to the Middle Way.
At 35, he received the gift of
enlightenment and an end to samsara at
the B odhi tree. Gautama discovered c ertain
universal truths a nd a way to cut through the
illusion. Meditation is a huge a spect of this
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‘Within our own bodies, we’re
dancing with electricity.’
As we return to work and study, David G Arenson ND offers
a timely reminder that it is love and compassion that hold
the key to happiness.
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