By Gilbert Ross

What are the biggest life secrets forgotten by mankind?

The more I ponder about life, the more I come to one solid realization: The biggest curse and predicament of modern Man is forgetfulness. Like a creeping malaise, forgetfulness has seeped through all of Man’s being and doing. Individually, collectively, historically or culturally, we are spellbound to forget the biggest life secrets.

We haven’t only forgot our past but also our place in the present and our responsibility of the future. On a personal level, our ego-based state of consciousness is on a mission to keep us in this state of forgetfulness – to break the link to our being as a whole and to the interconnected web of life and universal consciousness. On a collective level, this forgetfulness is perpetuated and reinforced by social and cultural means – mainly by being tranced into a reality of unconscious consumerism, inauthentic lifestyles and a materialistic mindset.

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~ Unknown

The Buddha’s teachings offer the most satisfactory explanation of where man came from and where he is going. When we die, the mind, with all the tendencies, preferences, abilities and characteristics that have been developed and conditioned in this life, re-establishes itself in a new being. Thus the new individual grows and develops a personality conditioned both by the mental characteristics that have been carried over from the previous life and by the new environment. The personality will change and be modified by conscious effort and conditioning factors like education, parental influence and society but once again at death, it will re-establish itself as life in a new being. This process of dying and being reborn will continue until the conditions that cause it, the mental factors of craving and ignorance, cease. When they do, instead of being reborn, the mind attains a state called Nirvana.

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By Tina Montalto

If you are wondering what the purpose of life is, we have one answer—expression. The Empowering Team presents this thought-provoking answer to this ubiquitous question from author Tina Monalto. Her reasoning is also a good direction to take your spiritual practice.

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change your thoughs

The past year has been absolutely crazy, especially the past couple of months with everything happening around the world and here at home. The world now is not the world most of us remember growing up in, and to some, it appears to be all going to hell with no positive future in sight.

For me, I find myself having to stop sometimes, and in my stillness, just observe… stopping myself from get caught up in all of this and becoming a part of the darkness itself…

Reaching deep inside - I look at this on a spiritual level, finding the oneness.

This darkness were experiencing (call it the Dark Age) is a natural fluctuation in time and will lift. Remember if there’s darkness, there’s light, “the yin and yang”.

Your thoughts… whether you want to believe it or not, are being heard loud and clear by the Universe. You know the old say; “be careful what you wish for”.

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