While still remaining who you are, you can bring about a quantum leap in your awareness, and the sign that the leap is real will be some emergent property you never experienced in the past.
"We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time."
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.
People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now -- when?"
There is a saying in Tibetan, "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength." No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.
The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly - you usually don't use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over
If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.
Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers... And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.
"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
"Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
About Annie Cariapa
Annie Cariapa is the founder of Spanda. She runs learning courses in Family Constellation and offers her wisdom and experience as a teacher and supervisor in constellations.
Annie is a Supervising Transactional Analyst (STA) and offers supervision sessions for counsellors/ therapists with a view to support and enhance their skills.
She uses an integrated approach weaving together her expertise in Transactional Analysis (TA), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Systemic Constellations, Hypnotherapy, body work and related modalities in the process of developing wellness, harmony and balance. Her work reflects the synthesis of her systemic, psychodynamic and spiritual approach. Annie has worked in the area of Leadership development at senior management levels.
Family/ Systemic Constellations: Having trained in Germany for several years including Hellinger Sciencia (Hellingershule) with Bert Hellinger who is the founder of Family Constellation, Annie’s work reflects the synthesis of her systemic, psychodynamic and spiritual approach.
Transactional Analysis (TA): Annie is a Supervising Transactional Analyst. Having previously run training courses in TA, her focus is now on supervising therapists in order to support their work and enhance their skills.
Neuro Linguistic Programming: Annie Cariapa is a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). She integrates NLP effectively and creatively in all of her work in processes for change.
Having trained in Hypnotherapy, Age Regression, Past Life Regression and Spiritual Regression, the symphony of Annie’s work offers creative tunes in the journey of returning to self.
“With gratitude to all my teachers. With your blessings I pass on the gifts that I have received.”
“My work has been deeply influenced, not only by my life and work experiences, but also by my years as a farmer practicing sustainable organic farming. Exploring the analogy, sustainable farming is about finding a balance and about working with both what is healthy and unhealthy, with growth promoters and growth retardants.
The fruit of this way of living is that of flowing with natural energies and of being in harmony.
I believe that balance and centredness within our being can only be achieved by bringing harmony to the indivisible body, mind and soul.
Holistic wellness and healing takes place when we bring back the balance, transcending our entanglements and moving beyond blame to an agreement with life as it is.”
– Annie Cariapa