NOVEMBER 2011

 

 

Golnaz Hamzavi – Teheran / Iran

 

What is your view on “sin”?

 

Many people are raised with the conviction that “sin” is an act of disobedience towards a god, who not only is a separate entity from them, but can also inflict punishment. Based on this perception of “God”, certain deeds are condemned as not being in accordance with His Laws. These people consider themselves, and others, as sinners, and consequently, are overburdened with feelings of guilt. This leads to a life of fear and self-contempt because they are afraid of not being forgiven by this God. When people realize that “God”, “Consciousness”, “Love” and “Reality”, refer to the same thing, with only minor conceptual differences, then they’ll realize that God has always been with them. This is when they’ll feel liberated and experience life with more joy.

 


 

Veronica Raymond – Abuja / Nigeria

 

In the world, there are still many places in which there exist numerous differences between men and women. Do you think this will ever change?

 

Men and women will start appreciating each other more once they stop seeing each other as different from one another. The Yin and Yang symbol symbolizes perfectly this compliment. Whether we are a man or a woman, once we allow this process to occur within ourselves, then we will naturally find more connection in our mutual relationship to each other. This applies to all of us and for every culture, because every culture is the reflection of those that conserve it. The more awareness of unity permeates into a culture, the greater impact it will have on other cultures, and the more it will spread. Looking at the world right now, we realize that there is mainly a need for more male compassion and for more female wisdom. Let us actively spread this vision of unity and we will see more harmony extend throughout the world.

 


 

Mostafa Regragui – Tanger / Morocco

 

How do we recognize a “sign” and distinguish it from superstition?

 

Recognizing signs is always a very personal experience. A sign helps reveal a reality that is beyond the scope of the five senses. Signs give clarity to a specific situation, and give us more insight from that ultimate source we all have in common. We regularly receive messages from our intuition, indicating how relative all experiences are within the physical dimension. Such messages try to guide us closer to this pure source, the source of all creativity. Recognizing signs, therefore, is not purely an intellectual experience, but more an intuitive process. Naturally, we then use our intellect to analyze and interpret the process. Our intellect then makes a judgment and a distinction between what is considered to be belief and superstition.

 


 

Michela Castronuovo – Potenza / Italy

 

Can you tell us more about the art of “letting go”?

 

A majority of people assume that reality takes place outside them, independently of their thoughts, dreams or wishes. Yet, we all know that our intentions can make things happen; that reality is a collection of intentional and non-intentional experiences. We also know that no one else can perceive reality in the same way we do. So in this respect, we, and no one else, are the creators of our own reality. The art of “letting go” is a concept from the Tao. It teaches us to control our intellect, thus better enabling us to change our reality. “Letting go” means to lose our attachment to either other people or to things. The lesser the attachment we have, the greater the capacity for Love. This may seem contradictory, but just ask this question: “Does being dependent make us feel more loved, or does it imprison us?”  Letting go is a liberating process in which we then learn to truly love; a process that leads us to a state of accepting reality as a perpetual novelty.