Happy Holidays

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. 2019 is just a few days away and I would like to offer a 50% discount on any of our transit reports (3, 6 or 12 months) to all of our members, to help you ring in the New Year.

We start the year off with Mars moving into Aries, bringing with it, lots of energy and competitiveness, particularly for all you fire signs. This is closely followed on January 5th, by a new moon partial solar eclipse, in Capricorn. Although this will be, a somewhat, somber new moon, it is a great time for new beginnings in practical ways, ie: letting go of old habits, starting a new business. On January 6th, Uranus is direct in Aries, where it will remain until March. Then, on January 20th, there is a full moon total eclipse, in Leo. This moon is sometimes known as the wolf moon. I will write more about this in the next little while. In the meantime, please check out all of our reports on the Services page and have a wonderful and safe, New years eve.

What is Spirituality

If you want to know what Spirituality isn’t, then go and look up the word. You’ll find definitions all over the internet and none of them give any insight into the real meaning. There are hundreds of thousands of websites dedicated to spirituality and no two are the same.

Ultimately Spiritualty is the application of wisdom and wisdom comes only from knowledge and experience. There are many groups who claim to have esoteric knowledge, passed down through the ages from generation to generation, which when applied successfully leads to enlightenment and enlightenment as we all know, leads to happiness. It’s all nonsense of course.

The one thing that all of these groups have in common is that they are willing to sell you this information. Once you have joined their group and promised never to tell another soul, you will be told certain truths to entice you but you will never learn anything of great significance.

I’m not surprised anymore by the things that people will believe, there are those who actually believe that they are Gods and if they’ll just subscribe to a certain philosophy and pay obviously, they will be shown how to activate their Chakras or their Pineal Gland and they will become Godlike. While the process itself is genuine, those with sincere knowledge will not share it with everyone who asks.

A simple question: why would a person who has achieved Godhood need to sell such knowledge? More to the point, why would someone who has achieved Godhood sell the knowledge to any Tom, Dick or Harry who will part with a relatively small amount of money? Doesn’t that sound quite dangerous? Imagine a madman with the abilities of a God. If anyone is offering to sell enlightenment, they have nothing worth knowing.

There is knowledge that is hidden from the masses that can be bought, it is often known as occult or esoteric knowledge and it is not knowledge that will bring enlightenment. It will do the opposite of that. Unfortunately, this is the knowledge that those seeking Spirituality and enlightenment are drawn to and many lose their way.

There are religions which offer true knowledge in order to draw followers: Forget everything that you have ever been told and learn it for yourself, is from Buddhism which then goes on to teach; rather than encouraging its followers to learn by themselves. Most groups do the same, hook their followers with a single truth and then brainwash them with nonsense.

Enlightenment and Spirituality come from seeing the world as it actually is, trusting what we see with our own eyes rather than what someone else says is true. One of the more ridiculous beliefs is Evolution, which if not taught in schools, would never have gained traction as a serious theory. The whole notion is preposterous, a human being could no more evolve from a single cell than a mobile phone and a mobile phone simply coming into being and evolving from nothing is far more likely than a person. Yet we believe because we are told, though common sense tells us differently.

Knowledge is not wisdom and knowledge for the sake of knowing is a waste of time. Learning though, even things that are not true is part of the journey and it is only as we approach understanding that we realise why the Buddhism “truth” of learning for ourselves and other similarly profound facts are not just worthless but deceptive. It is not about learning what is true and what is not but what is important and relevant.

Did NASA put Astronauts on the Moon in 1969? This is a much debated topic and those who question it are called conspiracy theorists. The truth is that it makes no difference one way or another whether they did or not. There are countless topics of this nature, all of them intriguing, none with conclusive evidence of anything and none of them worth knowing.

They are distractions. Worldly knowledge has nothing of any worth to offer, knowledge of the world is a pointless pursuit. History is meaningless, it doesn’t matter who ruled England in 1588, this will never affect me in any way.

People have knowledge, they write it down and pass it on, people have wisdom but they won’t force you to listen. People have talents, they write music and books but the best books are never read and the best music never heard by those who need them the most.

Spirituality is the knowledge that I am alone, I came here alone and I will leave here alone. Everything that I know is contained with this mind of mine. Everything that I am is within. My thoughts and emotions are mine alone and nothing that I think or feel has any effect on anyone but me. I am what I have consumed, the music of Beethoven resides in my soul, the works of Dante rattle around my mind, my spirit is filled with the trials of the poets and the artists and I carry these with me, wherever I go but I am alone.

When I hate, I hate myself, no one else. The hatred that I feel for those things stolen from me, affects only me, it destroys me and those who took from me feel nothing. The anger that I feel, the rage for wrongs done, destroy me and no one else. Who can I love? Only myself, when I love my one true love, I love myself, she feels none of it.

Wisdom then is knowing that without self-control I will destroy myself. Spirituality is accepting that people behave the way that they do because they know no better, it is the compassion that we feel as we watch those angry, furious commuters elbow their way through the crowds as their rage boils inside them, the elbow in the ribs is nothing compared with the damage they do to themselves.

Spirituality is a state of awareness and compassion is unavoidable. Enlightenment, true enlightenment is not an achievement, it is not a state of delight, it is a burden and it is the first step of a long journey.

Spiritual Truth

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they start to wonder. When we’re young and life is new we’re filled with curiosity for the world, but not our place in it. Perhaps things get boring, perhaps things become difficult, maybe it’s just a natural process but at some point we all wonder why we are here. And where is here anyway.

For some of us those questions are unanswerable, it takes a long time and a lot of patience to find answers to these questions and many never find them.

There is no single answer to the “why am I here” because there are two different paths, one dark and the other light, one broad and the other narrow. The easy answer is you are here to choose but the real answer is much more difficult to express.

We must all choose a path eventually or the issue will be forced but it’s much more than a single choice. All of us, without exception knows right from wrong, it is a part of us, we like to call this knowledge a conscience because we are certainly not bound to do right simply because we know it’s right and we have all done wrong knowing well that it was. Sometimes we do the wrong thing and justify it by telling ourselves that it was the best thing we could have done at the time: perhaps a “white lie” to make someone feel better; “Yes you look fabulous in that dress”.

We find grey areas in a black and white life and we justify our actions to ourselves, but we always know when we have done something wrong.Of course telling someone they look great when they don’t may boost their confidence and that might be the reason for them asking and it’s such a small lie that it doesn’t really matter, does it?

Yes, it does, it really does. It’s not hard to say, “you look fabulous but that dress doesn’t” but that might cause tension, and that is the reason that we really lie, not to spare embarrassment but to save ourselves from conflict. It’s cowardice really.

The reason that many lose their way in their search for the truth is that the truth is unacceptable to them. There are no real grey areas and there are no such things as individual truths, there is only the truth. It is wrong to kill; we all know this but we find exceptions. It’s okay to kill if there’s a war on, it’s okay to kill if someone kills first, it’s okay to kill if someone breaks into your house.

Is it wrong to steal if a man is starving? Is it wrong to sleep with a man’s wife if she’s really lonely? Is it wrong to slander someonewho is disliked by all?

We know very well the rights and wrongs of life and we choose our way, often without realising that we have made a choice.

Religion is a way out for some, some religions promise salvation through prayer, through giving back to others. Others promise enlightenment and even Godhood, none of that is true.

The truth is difficult for most of us, even the few that find it, because it makes life harder, not easier. Finding the truth is made harder by the world that we live in, though the world is just an illusion. We interact with the world daily and we make decisions based on our emotions. Someone pushes you on the train, you feel angry. Someone you like smiles at you and you feel glad, the world dictates how most people feel from minute to minute. None of it is real and none of it makes any difference.

The things that we feel have no effect on the world at all, we believe that they do and we keep on feeling them. The only thing that is affected by our emotions, is us. Nobody knows how you feel and nobody cares, they feel the same way as you, nobody lives their life worrying about how everyone else feels. Yes, we feel sorry for those going through difficult times but we have our own lives to live. When we are angry, the only person affected by our anger is us. Yes, we all have arguments and make our feelings known but the anger is only felt by us, anger destroys the person feeling it, not the subject of the anger. Most of us, whether we like to admit it or not make decisions based on how we feel and this is how we choose our way.

Ask anyone, anywhere in the world if Adolf Hitler was evil and most will not hesitate to answer yes. It was not Hitler in the tanks, nor in the planes nor did he fight in the trenches, as far as I know Hitler never physically killed anyone: I could be wrong, I’ve not studied him. Hitler used words, he worked people up into a frenzy and convinced a whole country to go to war.

Words kill far more readily than bullets, people commit suicide every day because of words. This is a simple and obvious truth but one that makes us uncomfortable. We all have a right to speak our minds and we exercise that right without a second thought, some without even a first thought.

Someone pushed me on the train and I was angry so I made my anger clear to them. I have no idea what happened after that, I have no idea what happened just before that, perhaps the push was unintentional, perhaps my words were the straw that broke the camel’s back.

We are all responsible for our actions, careless or not. Most of us don’t like that idea and this is the smallest part of the journey for truth. We think that we want the truth but the truth is everywhere, we really want to pick and choose what we would like the truth to be and so we don’t recognise it and the journey takes that much longer.

You are here for a reason.

You have no control over yourself, the world controls you completely. The world tells you every day what is important. The world tells you every day what music you should listen to, what clothes you should wear, what topics interest you, how you should treat other people. Listen all you want, there is no truth there, there are far more questions than answers.

Seriously, listen, YOU ARE HERE FOR A REASON.

Almost everything that you see and everything that you hear is either pointless or untrue and influences you to make decisions that you don’t even realise you are making.

Hitler was not born evil; Hitler grew up impoverished in a country that had nothing but debt. He fought for what he believed in but his beliefs were based on what he saw in the world. Imagine if Hitler had been born to rich parents in America.

Words and emotions change the world, not guns, not knives.

The truth is difficult for us to find, not because it’s cleverly hidden but because it’s not what we expect. We each have a purpose, every single one of us and that purpose is also difficult to find but as with the truth, it is not cleverly hidden and not at all what we expect.