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Namaste!

Namaste!  What a grand word this is!  A friend introduced me to this wonderful word.  Namaste!  It is one of the most singularly significant words in our world today.  It is, in my estimation the highest compliment one person can give to another while in the same moment being aware of what lies within themselves.  Namaste! Would you care to know how this word is defined?  It is an acknowledgement that there is a divine light in all of us.  The word when broken down to its base form is as follows  –  “nama” means “bow”, “as” means “I” and “te” means “you”.  Translated this means “I bow to you.”  By saying namaste to another person, you are bowing to their internal light and at the same time recognizing that it is the same light that glows from with yourself and everyone around you.  It is a gesture of gratitude, respect and equality.  I give credit to my friend for defining this word so completely.  And words are the power that change and shape our world.  But what makes this particular word, this namaste so preciously powerful is that we, all of us do carry within us a piece of the Divine.  It is a gift from our Creator and resides in our spirit.  And to be sure, it is more evident in some than it is in others.  But that is only because some of us are more in touch with the higher self, if you will.  And where there is more light, there is less darkness.  But just because this person standing here is shining brighter than that person over there does not mean that one has a greater portion than the other.  It simply means that one of them is not as aware of how precious and special they are, of how much of a gift they are to this world.  And how does one help another to see within themselves the piece of the Divine that they carry within?  I believe that one very effective way is to practice this concept of namaste. 

Now you may say, “I have no intention of approaching various people and bowing to them.  I will appear foolish and people will think me to be not quite right in the head!”  Perhaps so, perhaps not.  I believe there is a scripture that says “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty”.  You see, the people who are not afraid to appear a bit foolish and yes, even a bit vulnerable, those are the people who possess true wisdom and are therefore truly blessed.  Those are the people whose Divine light shines ever so brightly.  And if because you practice namaste, someone might get the idea that you are a bit off, that you are not normal?  To that, I would say, be so very thankful!  Look around you and observe what our society deems as “normal behavior” in this day and age.  I am grateful every day that I am not seen as “normal” by todays standards.  I am of a peculiar people and happy for it.  I am not better than another.  No, not at all.  Just different.

Actually, namaste by its very definition is a symbol of goodness, of kindness and an acknowledgement that we are, all of us, the same.  And we are the same, my friends.  We have all been created in the image of the One who created us and we have all been endowed with what I like to call a “God-Spark” which lives within us.  We all have been gifted with a piece of the Divine.  And it is not something we can be boastful or arrogant about for it is a gift.  Nor can we or should we feel we are better or more than another just because we may shine a bit more.  Generally, those who have more of an aura than others usually have been nurtured differently and therefore have grown differently.  So I say to you, why not share the manner in which you were able to grow?  We were and are all designed to grow together.  It is only the short-comings of our world that has prevented this from happening as it should.  You and I, we have the power to change all of that.  And besides, it is always in blessing others that we are blessed in return.  It is in the acknowledgement of the light that shines in another person that our own light grows and shines just that much more, yes?  That, I believe is namaste defined in its simplest form.

So I suppose the obvious question is how does one initiate and practice this idea of namaste?  It is simpler than you can imagine which makes sense since the simplest things in Life contain the purest form of Power.  All one must do is this  –  Bend the arms from the elbows upwards and face the two palms of the hands.  Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest.  Utter the word Namaste and while saying the word, bow the head slightly.  The methodology is uncomplicated and quietly done.  There is no fanfare or brass bands playing.  The strength that comes from what is divine spirit which is within is not boisterous and is easily entreated by the spirit which embodies our world.  This is once again, the truth of strength and power.  I would encourage you, everyone to try this, to give namaste a chance.  We all see people daily.  Some are friends and acquaintances, to be sure.  However, the majority are strangers to us.  Personally, I believe that namaste is even more effective when used towards those we do not even know.  Why?  Because our friends and those we are close to usually know us a bit too well and often are not receptive to a new and different idea when it is presented to them by us.  It is in those we do not know that we can be most effective.  And once you have completed this rather quick act of namaste, the stranger just might ask you what it is you did and why you did it.  It is at this point, you will be able to share with this person a very unique idea, a gift that they may wish to share with another.  On the other hand, they could just dismiss you, letting you know that you are a couple of eggs short of a dozen.  That’s okay as well because you will most likely never see them again.  But more importantly, you will have grown just a touch more and probably gave them something to think about later.

Remember one other item, if you will.  It is something I have said before and it is a vital component of lasting change.  The small acts we practice each day, those are the things that bring about change in this, our world.  Remember as well that those small acts we speak of here can be good or bad.  They can bring about positive change or they can add to that negative spirit that so often pervades our planet.  We, you and I have the privilege of choosing what those changes can and will be.  Give thought to your choices and choose wisely, my friends.

I thank you as always for taking the time to review the words here and hope that it has been of some benefit.  Have a day which is blessed and share your blessings with those round’ about you.  I wish you a good evening and above all, Namaste!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Are You In Harmony With The Life That Life Has For You?

Have you ever had a time in your life when all things seemed to be in accord with one another?  Have you ever experienced a segment of your life that could only be described as though it were a beautiful symphony being played to the benefit of yourself and as a direct result, was a benefit to all those you came in contact with?  I believe that most of us have experienced this at some point in our lives.  It is a moment that you enjoy as one would a sumptuous meal, relishing the taste of each wonderful course as it is presented to you and drinking in deeply and slowly the fine wine that accompanies such a feast.  At those junctures in our lives, we are aware that we have within us the capability and power to accomplish any task set before us.  It is at these times, we are in harmony with the life that Life has for us.  We experiencing living life through our higher self, through a higher level of consciousness.  It is in those times that we are living Life as it was meant to be lived.

Now some may say that this line of thinking is a little too “cosmic” or spiritualistic and that life is actually based on rational and logic alone.  And if this is what you choose to believe, that is of your choosing.  But just for the sake of discussion, let us take a look at the times in our lives when harmonic balance is not present.  Those periods are times when things are not working in accord with one another. Quite to the contrary, things are disjointed, fragmented and actually seem to be making a conscious effort to work against each other which only serves to raise our frustration level and disrupt what little peace we have left within ourselves.  You have experienced this, haven’t you?  Those times when you find that despite your best efforts, the phrase “I just can’t seem to catch a break!” along with some other poorly chosen words spew forth from your ungrateful lips.  Instead of a gourmet meal, it seems you’ve been handed a sack of some fast-food fare from the bottom of the proverbial food chain along with a watered-down Coke.

What point am I making here?  It is quite simply this……Examine your feelings and even more importantly, your thought patterns during each interlude.  During that harmonious period  in your life,  what were your thoughts like?  And what were the adverse situations that were going on just outside that wonderful “harmonic bubble” you were encased in, seeming to insulate you from the slings and arrows of Life?  Because of this you may be sure…..There were still adverse conditions going on.  Life is imperfect and adversity will always be waiting not too terribly far from your doorstep.  It is the way of it.  But you see my friend, it is always our thoughts that will determine the degree of harmony in our lives.  Notice I said our thoughts and not our actions here.  This is simply because it is our thoughts that determine our actions.  And if we do nothing, if we choose not to act in any given situation, we are still taking action, the action of inactivity.  But the point remains, when our thoughts come through from a higher level (our higher self), the negative forces that come from what is outside have a lesser effect on us.  The “harmonic bubble” I mentioned previously?  It is not a bit of cosmic magic, if you will.  We create that bubble by way of our thought patterns.  Similarly, in those times of disharmony in our lives we fail to create this “harmonic bubble” and are therefore wide open to the adversarial attacks of our surrounding world.  And we fail to do so by allowing our thought processes to drop down to the basest of levels.  We are created in Spirit and it is in our spirit that our higher self resides.  It is however, our option to either learn to access or deny the higher self within, yes?  It would seem to be on the side of prudence and wisdom to be properly armed when heading into a potentially adversarial area.  At least that is how I see it. And if the weaponry is provided, would it not be foolish to not make use of it?

Now to approach the real point of this piece?  Yes, I do tend to ramble a bit at times. I believe it to be genetic, actually.  My Dad is a rambler as well so the burden will rest upon his shoulders.  Besides, in that way it lets me off the hook!  Anyway, this piece is about having harmony in one’s life and how important it is to be in harmony with the life that Life has for each one of us.  And as in all aspects of creation, our Creator has done nothing in an offhand manner.  There is a rhyme and reason to all things.  Achieving consistent harmonic balance in our lives is no different.  It just takes some work and yes, even some change to develop a strong harmonic bubble in our lives.  I mean, those moments of harmony with Life are moments we would like more of, correct?  Okay, we have an accord then, yes?

First of all, we must change the cycling of our thoughts.  Many refer to this as our thought patterns and that would be accurate.  But since the way we tend to think is cyclic, a process which is called repetitive thinking, I feel it more as a cycling of our thoughts.  It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said “We become what we think about all day long.”  So, in order to develop the strength of our higher self, we must in a sense, censure what we think.  Negative thoughts, self-deprecating thoughts translate directly into behaviors that tear down who we are and thus prevent us from becoming who we were designed to become in this, our World.  If you think about it in this manner, it is actually an act of pure selfishness when we choose not to develop our harmonic balance with Life.  Our gift that we were given to share with the world cannot be realized if we have not the harmony which is God’s gift of strength to us.  Think about it.

Now getting back to the idea of cycling our thoughts.  What is a word directly related to cycle or even cyclic?  Why, the word is “recycle”, of course!  And one of the definitions of the word recycle is “to adapt to a new use; to alter from the original.  And a synonym for the word recycle is the word “reclaim”. Wow!  You just have to love that word, don’t you?  So in order to enjoy and be in harmony with the life that Life has for us, we must recycle our thoughts.  We must reclaim the cycling of our thoughts and by doing so, we alter them from the original and further, we adapt our thoughts to a new use, one which connects us directly to our higher self.  And our higher self is in direct communication with our Source, our Creator.  And all of this follows a logical progression, systematic steps, everything done by design, not by happenstance. 

One last item here, if I may.  Is developing our harmonic bubble an easy undertaking?  No, it is not.  It is simple but not easy.  Essentially, what one is doing is replacing the habit of living in disharmony with the life that Life has for you with the habit of living in harmony with what Life has waiting for you if you prevail.  So, it really comes down to a choice, as it always does.  Do you desire a divine meal which satisfies beyond what words can describe even if that meal does require a degree of effort in its preparation and presentation?  Or would you prefer, as so many do, a paper sack of whatever fast-food is available at the moment?  When you make this choice, remember this……The old adage of “You are what you eat!” goes much further than just the physical aspects of our lives.

As always, thank you for your kind attention.  I trust that what you have read has been of benefit.  Blessings upon you and yours.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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