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Spiritual Activist Gabriel Avruj interviewed by Dr. Gil Dekel.
Gil Dekel: Why do you want to help motivate people?
Gabriel Avruj: From personal experience I know that the biggest barriers are mental. The mind is a double-edged sword if we do not train it. Our thoughts are powerful and have the ability to create reality. The outside reality is just a projection of what we think and of our emotional states. For this reason it is so important to know who we are and to develop a vision.
We can all benefit from knowing who we truly are.
Currently, with the amount of distractions around us, and the false models that the media show us, we led to believe that there are only social problems, dis-education in schools, disintegration of families, poor nutrition. Etc. This makes it hard to maintain a balanced and awakened mind. We forgot how to live in harmony with the diversity which is what we are. To discover the leader inside of each one of us will have to do in large part with unlearning of much of what we were.
Since the media and society do their best to ‘sell' negativity, it is then the task of each one of us to give hope to each other, to motivate each other, to find courage, and to live with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is a Greek word, which means: being full of God. Once you realize God in you, you can do anything.
It is easier to be distracted these days, compared to the past, because of modern technology. Technology has its many advantages - it enables us to communicate over distances, for example, and cure diseases that killed people in the past - yet it also makes it challenging for us to find ourselves, and to not be absorbed in what we see outside.
It is so easy to follow the mainstream demands of how we should look and what we should do, so much so that many people are unaware of who they truly are. To be your individual and real-self takes effort and perseverance...
We did not come to this world to just ‘survive' or half-live... we came to evolve and embrace the task of raising the standard of living for all. We are here to live the best version of ourselves; of who we truly are. The shortcomings and limitations are in our own mind alone, freedom and excitement too... It is a matter of choice, conscience and attitude.
My hope is that each person discovers the enthusiastic and powerful leader that lives inside them, and develops their full potential, enabling the creation of new realities and opportunities.
How do people ‘make' their reality?
We attract experiences that are designed to help us for the evolution of consciousness and progress in life. No matter the actual event - all events and experiences are opportunities for awakening. Our soul knows perfect what is that we need.
At the age of 14 I was injured in a terrible car accident, and I use a wheelchair since. I believe that this experience has happened to me for a reason. This experience has helped me to look for who I truly am. I believe now that I needed this experience so I could evolve and recognise my innermost talents and skills; so I could learn to handle this and see my own strength. Right after the accident I was not aware of this, so I suffered. I suffered because I wanted to be what I thought was the best - that is, being able to walk on two legs. It's clear that this is not necessarily the best.
As people, we forgot who we are, so we need something to awaken us. And the experiences that life throws at us are the gates to our self-awareness. If you can see experiences in life as opportunities, you will find that they are brought to you for a reason - as a matter of exploring your reactions and finding your true-self. You will then accept life as purposeful. Life becomes a tool to make you aware.
After the car accident I was depressed and wished I was dead... I thought my life should end. I then heard a little metaphor, the metaphor of the butterfly that was a caterpillar at first. As a caterpillar it has no wings, yet gradually it grows into a butterfly; it grows into another state of being. So, it is the same creature, but with more possibilities. Instead of being quiet and closed, so-to-speak, they open the inner will, and with it the strength to fly. People are the same... Everything is a matter of flying higher...
Above the darkest clouds, the sun always shines...
We can bring into our life any meaning we wish. I chose love instead of fear, and with that, I made a difference to my life.
How can people learn to ‘fly'?
It is vital to be surrounded by good company. Anything that you allow to enter through your five senses should be pure. The mind is nourished with what you give it. So, see the good in life, listen to the good, speak good, do good and be good.
Your soul knows best what is good for you, so let your soul guide you, not your mind. You can start with a simple recognition that everything in life is interconnected - your physical and spiritual aspects are connected. As I became aware of my ‘inner truth', that is, my spiritual powers, everything began to change in my life - inside and outside.
I started to use my mind in powerful ways. Gradually I stopped being occupied with how ‘difficult life' was in those challenging moments of recovery, and instead I began to ‘return' to life. I returned to life with other people and the community. I focused on developing rich social work; and I have done so through spiritual quest.
Everything changed for me. Outside (physically) - and Inside (spiritually) - I lost interest in the negative aspects of life; and instead, I gained interest in the power and beauty of life. I have started to ‘walk' a path of happiness. Sai Baba helped me to begin this path of serving humanity by living accordingly to his teaching:
5. Correct action.
Then I kept walking many paths. All the Teachers said the same: "Love is the answer", "Do to others what you would do to yourself", "Love all, serve all", "We are One"...
The important question is: who are you with? From where do you respond to what is happening?
Some people believe that we do not ‘have' a soul, rather we are a soul.
Yes. We are spirits having physical experience; not physical beings that occasionally having spiritual moments... When we realise this truth, we suddenly wake up... I would suggest such awakening to anyone simply by asking oneself: what if everything is perfect? What if everything is as it has to be right now?
The human mind seems to go in circles, with constant thoughts, yet it does not always find solutions to situations it ‘thinks' about.
By gradually quieting our thoughts, the virtues of our hearts gain strength. To work on this, one can use tools such as meditation, deep and conscious breathing, and service to others.
All In all, there are just two types of thoughts: Love and Fear. When you connect a real-life experience you're having, with thoughts-of-fear, you have a reality of fear. With the same experience, if you connect it with thoughts-of-love, you experience a completely different reality - one which is full of love. The experience out there could be the same, but it is your attitude to that experience that makes you feel happy or sad. It doesn't matter what the physical event is; what matters is the attitude towards it.
We want to train the mind to align our thoughts with the wishes of the soul and expand ourselves, instead of judging the facts and let them dominate us. The mind is a tool that should help the physical so that the soul can shine.
Life is what IS, not what our mind ‘thinks' it to be.
Many conflicts and dilemmas cannot be solved at the level of the intellect, including strategies arising from our mind. Regardless whether the result is seen as "good" or "bad" to the mind, it generally leaves us with a feeling of dissatisfaction. The mind then drives us, like addicts, to the next goal without giving us the time to enjoy our present achievement. However, when we follow "the voice of the heart", regardless of the supposed "success" or "failure", a feeling of wholeness rests inside of us.
A true Master becomes aware of who s/he is and takes a step forward. He empowers himself with his own virtues. He always listens, and knows to ignore the voices trying to persuade him not to move forward. He knows that the mind is an excellent tool that serves the soul. The opportunity to be a model for others carries great responsibility but it is the greatest service we can provide.
Why do we need the physical life, if we can live happily through the soul?
Conceptually, we are God, yet we have forgotten this, and have come to this physical planet to remember who we are. All experiences that are happening here in this world are possibilities for awakening.
The challenges we face are opportunities to express our Divinity for the benefit of all beings. Acting in the world knowing that we are more than physical is a way of growing and become examples of hope to others. Anyway, it's a matter of choice. Unconsciously, we chose to come to this world.
Do you think that apart of human beings, there are other conscious entities in the universe?
Yes, of course. I do believe that they exist. Personally, I can't see them with my eyes. I don't see angels, yet I see beauty in a lot of people; I see love in people. I know many angels in that way, not ‘physical' angels, but people that embrace the energy of love.
I am sure that in other dimensions of reality there are other energies that you can call ‘angels' or other forms. Everything is energy in movement and that energy is Life.
Do you remember any of your past-lives?
I believe in past and future lives and I think that all are present in different dimensions right now. What we experienced in the ‘past' or in the ‘future' are just choices made by the Soul for some purpose. Everything is happening now.
Our past choices result in what we are experiencing at this moment (karma), and if we become aware of the meaning of our choices and we choose to live from our truth (dharma), we become free.
15 May 2013.
Exclusive Publishing Rights © Gil Dekel. Interview © Gabriel Avruj and Gil Dekel. Interview conducted via phone calls 27 March 2013 and 11 April 2013, and email correspondence 29 March 2013 - 13 May 2013. Thanks to Natalie Dekel, MPhil, for her editorial suggestions. Gabriel is based in Argentina. Gil is based in The UK. Gabriel's website: gabrielavruj.com.ar
Photo: "Hidden Healing Light" © Gil DekelPosted Juin 4th, 2013 by Oneness Blogger
"We can consider that our crisis is a birth of a co-creative co-evolving humanity.
We are one planetary body, and when we realize that oneness, we also realize the uniqueness of each person's gift and contribution and creativity, and when that comes together as a whole, we begin to see we have the capacity to feed, house, have the energy, have the resources, have the opportunity, for every person on earth to evolve.
It is the greatest moment in the history of humanity. And the beauty of it is we are consciously cultivating this in ourselves, in our society, in our world so that we can together experience the joy the celebration of who we are."
~Barbara Marx HubbardPosted mai 30th, 2013 by Oneness Blogger
Enlightenment is the embodiment of love, wisdom and understanding.
The feminine enlightenment is the place in love where nurture lives, the place in wisdom where deep compassion lives, and the part of understanding that is shared through the still, silent place of knowing that lives within us.
The Yin is the well of nourishment, grounded, serene, stable, receptive, nurturing, enfolding. It is the soft black place where our deepest thoughts and intentions are born and encouraged, and the spark of inspiration and movement lives.Posted avril 25th, 2013 by Oneness Blogger
With more and more people talking about collective consciousness, it seems natural to wonder, Is there any scientific research to back it up? The answer, increasingly, appears to be “yes.” In fact, a growing body of recent research suggests not only that a field of awareness and intelligence exists between human beings but also that through it we influence each other in powerful ways.
What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
What are the individual and collective practices that develop the human capacities and character qualities that are required to build collective wisdom and a passion to effectively serve the common good?
Robert Kenny, MBA (PhD), is a Fetzer Institute fellow and founder of Leaderful Teams Organizational Consulting.Posted avril 22nd, 2013 by Oneness Blogger
Your body loves gratitude! Not a superficial "oh gee, thanks" but a deep, heart-connected appreciation that carries love and acceptance from a place of higher consciousness and well-being.
Your body loves it because it washes away the biochemistry of stress and insufficiency and replaces it with the alchemy of flow and emotional warmth. The resonance from gratefulness warms both the giver and receiver; it generates a field of appreciation sometimes referred to as limbic resonance. In the field of appreciation, we create a healing and reviving antidote to psycho-toxins such as "I don't have time," "I don't have enough," or "I am drained."
Each trickle of gratitude blesses us with its affirmation that we have all we need in consciousness itself to gather our strength and honor life. Each stream of gratitude clears out the corrosive toxins of stress and anxiety in your body and becomes a gift to yourself and to others.
We can be grateful that we are here in this time of earth challenges with an unquenchable sense of hope and with a steadfast belief in our human capacity to heal, to renew and even to go beyond what seemed our most persistent limitations.
So I say let the gratitude flow. We are ready for the challenges that exist now and that lie ahead. Let these great rivers of our deepest intention flow towards a polarized and distracted world and cleanse it with the power of love. We come from all races, all creeds, all socio-political backgrounds with one unifying feeling of gratitude for life, for consciousness, and for a new evolutionary path forward. We come with gratitude for every being that came before us. We have been given an epic moment in the journey of life on earth to bring our greatest scientific knowledge together with our deepest spiritual insight to change the course of history. If you ever thought you were insignificant, consider how you are now needed in this great shift. And be grateful that you were given such a role and such a time to live in.
Thank you, thank you for what each one of you does to step up and to raise the consciousness of the citizens of this world. Thank you for feeding these great rivers. Thank you for being you.
James O'Dea, 2007
"As a matter of observation, how people treat their fellow human beings, and indeed the world around them, largely depends on how they conceive of themselves. We all have many different ways of seeing "who we are," and these different views influence our behavior. For instance, we may consider ourselves in terms of gender as men or women, or as followers of this or that religion, or as members of this or that race or nationality. We may think or ourselves in terms of family--as a father or a mother, for instance. We may also identify with our occupation, our level of education, or our achievements. Depending on which perspective we take, we raise different expectations of ourselves. And this in turn affects our behavior, including our treatment of other people.
Everyone has his or her own separate identity. Because of this, it is of primary importance, in any attempt to develop a genuinely universal approach to ethics, to have a clear understanding of what unites us all, namely our common humanity. We are all human, all seven billion of us. In this respect we are all one hundred percent the same"
-His Holiness the Dalai LamaPosted avril 13th, 2013 by Oneness Blogger
Where we put our attention is important. What we put our attention on is energized and enlivened. The qualities of ourselves that we put our attention on are energized and enlivened in our world. The qualities of others that we put our attention on are energized and enlivened in the world that we share with them.
What qualities of yourself, other, and the world are you paying the most attention to? Know that where your attention goes, energy flows. Your attention is like an open circuit to a light bulb. Where your attention goes, those lights come on.
It is equally important that we don't hide things in the dark. We simply acknowledge them and turn our attention elsewhere. In some circumstances, the elsewhere that we want to turn our attention to is the solution, rather than fussing, fighting, and focusing on the problem.
Today, be mindful of where your attention goes. Seek out those things that you would like to see flourish, and put your attention there.
© 2009 L. Jewel AlexanderPosted mars 30th, 2013 by Oneness Blogger
"At the same time, even from the most coldly intellectual point of view, it becomes clearer and clearer that we do not live in a divided world. The harsh divisions of spirit and nature, mind and body, subject and object, controller and controlled are seen more and more to be awkward conventions of language. These are misleading and clumsy terms for describing a world in which all events seem to be mutually interdependent--an immense complexity of subtly balanced relationships which, like an endless knot, has no loose end from which it can be untangled and put in supposed order."
"But the important point is that a world of interdependent relationships, where things are intelligible only in terms of each other, is a seamless unity. In such a world it is impossible to consider man apart from nature, as an exiled spirit which controls this world by having its roots in another. Man is himself a loop in the endless knot, and as he pulls in one direction he finds that he is pulled from another..." ~Alan WattsPosted mars 27th, 2013 by Oneness Blogger
Optimism requires courage.
And optimism is rooted in action. It does not sit by and complain about what others are or are not doing, but rather takes action that makes a difference. Thus, optimism is self encouraging, as it can see the difference it makes and is compelled to continue doing so!
"Before you go to sleep, take five slow deep breaths. Allow an image of yourself to come into your awareness where you are thriving, laughing, and feeling grateful. Breathe it into every cell of your body. And remember, the person you see belongs to you." ~~Debbie FordPosted mars 21st, 2013 by Oneness Blogger