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Unconditional Love…

To love without any condition is to accept the other just as they are. That is to see through the person without judging them, expecting something from them, or even waiting back for something.

Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of...

Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of love, empathy, selflessness and devotion. On the psychic level, this center of force inspires the human being to love, be compassionate, altruistic, devoted and to accept the things that happen in a divine way. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is your ability to treat each one as a unique creation who therefore has their own unique relationship with God and know their own soul journey.

Unconditional love.. is to recognize and accept that you do not always know what is best for everyone around you, because you just love them and know they are doing the best they can at this very moment.

This is not an emotional state. We tend to associate the word “love” with emotions, however, unconditional love is more of an attitude. You begin to feel the benefits of such an attitude and how “ freeing” and liberating it is , once you start embracing it.

It opens the way to really making the best use of your energy and time for your own spiritual maturation.

There are many forms by which we can identify the attitude of unconditional love. A mother’s love to her children, children’s love to their parents, a partner’s love to his/her other partner..etc.  Through the attitudes of these different examples, we can see the power of unconditional love.

Some experts have said that we need four qualities in order to have a true, authentic unconditional love: friendliness or loving kindness, compassion, joy , and calmness. Through that, you will be able to see the right key for the right person and maintain your peace and calmness.

When we see happy people, cultivating a friendly attitude toward them will help prevent feelings of jealousy and envy. When we encounter those who are suffering, we should compassionately do what we can to help—for our own sake as much as for the person who is suffering.

English: The Eighth Dalai Lama, Jamphel Gyatso

The Eighth Dalai Lama, Jamphel Gyatso (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In terms of chakras ( energy centers) in the body, judgments and expectations from  are solar plexus perceptions ( 3rd chakra), and the more the attention is held in these perceptions, the less likely one  feels  the heart chakra perceptions of what love really is.

While we often think that we are always surrounded by love, we are actually the ones that make the decision to put our attention on it, or to notice it, or to feel it. We are the ones who must decide for ourselves whether to love or not, and this decision must come as an aspect of free will, in order for it to make sense as a step in our evolution as humans. We all are capable of infinite acceptance to develop the attitude of unconditional love. When a mother stays the whole night next to her sick child, she does it with no conditions, when you decide to share your life with someone; you don’t tell them “I will marry you if…”, After all, there are many people we can love, without wanting to be their partner.

When the communication is clear in both directions, the love flows and is clearly expressed in both directions. The appreciation for the other continues to grow.

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay”, Dalai Lama.

Nada Rashed

 

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Patience

We struggle with our worries and problems every day in our lives. Sometimes, we even struggle with unnecessary stresses and burdens. When our ability to be positive in finding solutions decreases, we tend to be more negative, which makes it harder to endure. This is when you need to “work” on your patience. The good news is that patience is a mental skill, one that can be practiced and eventually mastered, even by the most impatient person.
We often hear about exercising patience as it pertains to something else, like raising children or starting a business. The idea of cultivating patience for its own sake gets little attention, but there are some strong and compelling reasons for doing so. Impatience makes us lose our perspective, which hinders our power to create what we want and raises the chances of attracting more of what we don’t want.

I believe that losing patience is a means of misusing spiritual power. Impatience also has a negative impact on our bodies because it generates stress, which elevates blood pressure, thereby weakening the body’s internal organs and immune system. Impatience often produces haste, which prevents you from making right decisions, but rather the kind of decisions you may later regret.

Patience, on the other hand, empowers us at all levels. Cultivating it requires the desire to change in addition to having a good strategy to do so: discernment and persistence. When you find yourself on the verge of losing patience, try one or more of the following techniques:

  • Don’t fall for the demanding behaviors of close people who act impatiently.
  • Look within to understand why you react impatiently to certain situations.
  • Feed your mind with the appropriate self-talk for the occasion you are facing. This is crucial to mastering patience.
  • Use creative visualization to re-frame situations that try your patience.
  • Use meditation as a therapy to grow your patience and de-stress.
  • Write notes to remind yourself to be more patient. Examples could be:

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” — Chinese Proverb
“He that can have patience can have what he will.” — Benjamin Franklin

Lastly, if you tend to become quickly impatient, make sure that your blood sugar is always balanced. Do something that you like for yourself every once in a while to enhance your tolerance range and be sure to get enough sleep. When your mind and body are rested, you are better able to deal with situations with more patience.

patienceLife is a journey, we each have our own duties and tasks to fulfill and accomplish. Some have it lighter and easier than others, and even those have their own struggles which we may perceive as ‘simple’, yet they are still their struggles. Others have it heavier and harder.

People who are ‘aware’ know that staying healthy and positive and using the power of now may turn anything into a light and simple burden. They choose to change their heavy burdens into ‘simple’ ones. They enjoy life with all that it brings. They enjoy the now, don’t worry about the future and don’t blame past actions. They are in harmony with themselves, with life and with the cosmos. They count on time to solve their stresses and time always is in their favor.

Be patient, the best is yet to come!

“The strongest of all warriors are these two: time and patience.” — Leo Tolstoy

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Fearful? Let go and have your life back…

Fear is defined as “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger and accompanied by increased autonomic activity”, (www.merriam-webster.com). As for what is fear biologically speaking, when a person experiences fear, certain areas in their brain such as  the hypothalamus are immediately activated and appear to control the first physical response to fear. Chemicals such as adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol are released into the blood stream

The acronym for fear is: False Expectations of an Altered Reality where the truth is obscured from view.

In Chinese medicine they have identified fear as one of the five most destructive emotions.

One of the greatest human fears is “not to belong” or the fear of being” rejected”, “left out” or “isolated”.

We often experience a disconnection for one of more reasons throughout our lives. Hence, we continue to search for something to give us back the sense of belonging and security. Through our attachment to work, possessions, persons and control over as much of our life as possible, in the intention of building a safe basis for our existence. To have fears in the face of life’s challenges is only human, but how we acknowledge and move forward from a position of fear can be instrumental to health and happiness.

Acute fear can be sometimes healthy though. It may help us maintain a positive status quo of our life. On the other hand, chronic fear has a “paralyzing” effect on your life creating illusions which can hold us back for years.

There are many types of fear a person can pass through: fear of failure that is basically built in since we were kids. “If you don’t do that, nobody would play with you”. Over years, you may find yourself avoiding situations where you would risk failure and hereby inventing excuses to perpetuate the fear. Interestingly, psychological studies that those who are afraid of heights usually fear failure. Fear of failure prevents you to live the moment, due to the fact of thinking too much about past perceived failures and being too anxious about the future.

Fear can be balanced out via the base chakra enabling you to live comfortably in the present knowing that the past is over and the future is the hands of GOD.

Another type of fear is the fear of “imperfection” or “not being good enough”.

If you are a perfectionist and try to control your world through such statements, you will often find yourself faced with fear. Perfectionists never sit still, driven by the need to finish one more task and convinced that if the job it’s worth doing, it is worth doing it myself.

Due to their own insecurity, they use criticism as a mean to keep others in their place. With a balances base chakra, you will be less harsh on yourself, accept things with love and ability to make mistakes.

A further type of fear is related to vulnerability. Some people don’t like others to see who they truly are. The fear of loss of control often protects an underlying fear of being vulnerable in front of others.  It if funny that we always thin that people doesn’t already know the darker aspects of our personality and still love us.

If you ever think why so many crises take place in our world, the answer is simple, because of fear.

We would not kill, attack, maim, and blow up other people if we weren’t afraid of them. And why is it important to know this? Because if we could just finally understand it’s fear that causes all anger, hate, war, murder, rape, abuse and everything else that isn’t love, then we can determine how to stop or at least drastically minimize all those archaic behaviors.

We have some sort of divine energy – life – in us, yet, those ruled by fair insist on making rules for salvation and deciding what people should believe and how they should act.

If you look around at all people who started wars or fought new ideas, it was driven out of fear. For example: Conservatives are afraid of a lack of order and new ideas. Liberals are afraid of conservatives.

A rapist is afraid that he can’t be happy or feel love the way he is, but needs control to feel worthy or special. A murderer is afraid of the person he kills, or the things that person represents. Why would anyone rape or kill if they loved?

I fear now that humans are beginning to lose the true nature of life‘s purpose.

I’m afraid people won’t understand that all separation among humans – through race, religion, or national boundaries – is based on fear. Anger and judgment are based on fear.

All of the conflicts that humans experience in society are based on fear, not love. If our society learns to understand the fear, let go of it– forgive, then we can finally have peace in this world. If we can just realize that we are all in the same boat, on the same planet, and that we are family, we can let go of the things that divide us.

Another way to think of it is that anything separating us is based on fear; our unity and similarity are a result of love.

It’s time to change our minds and our lives. We just have to learn that fear causes our separation and self-destructive behavior. When we know love and let go of the fears that have controlled us, only then we shall rise again.

Let go of your fears and move on :

“Boldness is the ability to step outside boundaries created by fear and insecurity. Transcend your own limitations”- Deepak Chopra.

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Forgive.. and have a heart of gold!



Forgiveness… It’s such a hard thing to do, yet it can be so liberating to the soul. What makes forgivesness difficult to do is how we think of it and consequently intrepret it. Many of us believe that when we forgive it means everything shall return back to what and how it was before a certain incident has occurred which of course makes it difficult for us to actually forgive when thinking about it in such a limited way.

How can you forget the unforgettable? How can you forgive the unforgivable? There are indeed benefits for forgiveness and in order to enjoy them you don’t really need to to go that far when faced with a certain situation. What is vital is the fact that we make the decision to move forward, to let go of the old hurt. We don’t have to overlook what has been done. What’s wrong is still wrong. You don’t have or need to invite the person back into your live if that is what makes you feel better. What we need to do is to allow ourselves to release all the negative emotions associated with that person responsible for causing the pain or the discomfort. As long as we hold onto the pain, we are choosing to allow that person’s past actions to continue to hurt us.  The interesting fact here is that we can also choose to stop the cycle of hurt by simply not allowing this person’s actions or behaviors hurt us anymore. That is a conscious choice though.

When someone causes us pain either deliberatly or without realzing it, we need to be aware of how that makes us feel. We need to understand that when we let go of that pain for our own sake. It is not because we are weak we decide to forgive.

Think of the painful situations, and think of them in detail and lastly allow yourself to feel the hurt. Do whatever you need to so that your hurt comes on the surface, you may want to cry, you may get angry and feel you want to shout or you may feel you just want to be silent.

After that make a conscious decsion and choose to actually let go of the pain you feel. Letting go fo the paoin does not minmize its effect it does, however, validate your own worth as a person. Choose to regain back your personal powe to be able to heal your wounded heart. Choose to release the negative and hurtful emotions you are feeling. Choose to heal and move on.

Forgive others , forgive yourself, heal your heart and have a heart of gold which is capable of letting go when it needs to and wait for the good things to come your way..

Nada Rashed

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Your Life in Color – Part 1

Your Life in Colour

By:

Nada Rashed

CAM Practitioner

If you look through a prism you will see that everything in the world is surrounded by colour. From the beginning of time, people have recognized the healing power of colour.

We all depend on light for our existence, without the sun for example we would have no plants to give us the nutrition which we need, we would have no trees to absorb the toxins and produce oxygen. As we get and maintain our health from the sun, hence, we benefit from the interrelated element of the light, which is colour.

Colour influences us to a great extent as each colour affects the brain differently. For example, the very bright, intense hues and shiny colours affect the most primitive, deep part of the brain known as the “limbic system”. Some people see the colour red when they are angry and this reflects the connection between physical reactions to colours and emotions.

Colour therapy involves the use of the energy vibrations of colour in treating some conditions. It helps balance the natural rhythms of the body through identifying what colour the body feels a deficiency for then giving that colour to the body to create a balanced state.

It has been proven that every colour has its own therapeutic value and each one can be used to treat a particular physical or emotional problem resulting from an unbalanced level of vital energy. There are many ways of working with colour but out of experience the most effective ones are to direct the colour needed to the person either over the whole body or on a particular spot you feel it is out of balance or is suffering from a disease, the other way is to simply lie a scarf in the colour needed on the part which the practitioner sees required. The body then starts to change its vibrational energy as it interferes with the vibrational energy of the colour allowing for a more balanced state.

 

Chakra Colors:

Every colour has a complementary colour  for example, red has a complementary color green, yellow has a complementary of violet etc and usually the practitioner uses the colour and its complementary to make sure the chakras (energy centres) of the body are well balanced. There are 7 main chakras of the body, each one is located in a particular part of the body and they divide the body into a right side and a left side. The chakras start at the centre of the forehead and go down in a vertical line until the base of the spine (some people regard the base chakra as the first chakra). Each chakra is associated with a particular organ/gland and colour.

The base chakra is related to the legs, feet, large intestines and reproductive organs and has the colour red.

The sacral chakra comes next with its orange colour, it is found in the pelvic area just below the navel and it is the body’s sexual energy centre, it is associated with the liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and bladder.

The solar plexus chakra is above the navel it has a yellow colour which relates to the stomach and the functioning of the nervous system. A person often experiences feelings of grief or even depression when there is a deficiency in that chakra and hence the yellow colour.

The heart chakra comes next and is located at the centre of the chest and it rules feelings of compassion and emotional balance and has the colour green. Pink is a lovely colour for love and balancing the heart chakra would either require red or green depending whether the chakra is over or under active.

The throat chakra is at the front of the throat and is connected to the thyroid gland which controls the body’s metabolism. This chakra has the colour blue and is the centre of speech, communication and self-expression. One of the easy ways to balance out a deficiency in that chakra is to wear a blue stone around the throat or wear a blue scarf.

The brow chakra is the sixth chakra (between the eyebrows) which is associated with the pituitary gland and which controls the body’s hormone production, this chakra has an indigo colour and when this chakra is in good condition, it allows people to be clairvoyants and develop their personal intuition.

The crown chakra is the last chakra, which has the colour violet, it is connected to the pineal gland and is the centre of spirituality.

 

Clothing

Another form of simple colour therapy which anyone can do is the clothes we are wearing and how to choose their colours  First we should know that it is very important that our wardrobe contains all colors and if you find that you dress mostly one or 2 colors that certainly indicates an unbalanced state of the body and the definite lack of other colours within our bodies which will help us maintain a balanced state of health. You do not have to use the colours you dislike in clothes but include them in your accessories or as a scarf to benefit from its energy, which will be absorbed through your body.

For example:

  • Red indicates a certain state of mind, which is anger or frustration.
  • Yellow means you are disappointed or feeling powerless.
  • Green means you feel lonely and rejected.
  • Brown indicates the longing to feel independent.
  • Black means that you like to be in control and you do not want to give up personal power.

If you have a certain favorite colour it also indicates a state of mind, for example, people who have blue as their favourite colour are gentle, friendly they are usually passive but other people feel comfortable around them and they care about other people, however, they can pass through stages of depressions every now and then.

On the other hand, people whose favorite color is orange tend to be cheerful and can express themselves well. They are organized and think logically more than emotionally, however, they are prone to have digestive problems.

The main emotions associated with each chakra colour tells us the following:

  • Green is associated with unconditional love 
  • Red indicates vitality and sexuality
  • Yellow may be used for low self-esteem
  • Blue is good for communication, intuition and expression
  • Violet is associated with spirituality
  • Orange, feelings of fear

Color Test

Close your eyes and think of the first 3 colors which come to your mind, the first color you choose indicates the energies you are mostly using in your life, the second shows you the areas of challenges for you and the third tells you the energies which you need to work on those challenges.

For more information about alternative therapies, go to http://www.reflexologyegypt.com

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Fears and how they impact our world

Fear is defined as “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger and accompanied by increased autonomic activity”, As for what is fear biologically speaking, when a person experiences fear, certain areas in their brain such as  the hypothalamus are immediately activated and appear to control the first physical response to fear.

In Chinese medicine they have identified fear as one of the five most destructive emotions.

One of the greatest human fears is “not to belong” or the fear of being” rejected”, “left out” or “isolated”.There are many types of fear a person can pass through: fear of failure that is basically built in since we were kids. “If you don’t do that, nobody would play with you”. Over years, you may find yourself avoiding situations where you would risk failure and hereby inventing excuses to perpetuate the fear.

If you ever think why so many crises take place in our world, the answer is simple, because of fear.We would not kill, attack, maim, and blow up other people if we weren’t afraid of them. And why is it important to know this? Because if we could just finally understand it’s fear that causes all anger, hate, war, murder, rape, abuse and everything else that isn’t love, then we can determine how to stop or at least drastically minimize all those archaic behaviors.

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