NOVEMBER 2012

 

 

Lara Michael – Tucson / Arizona


What are your views on fear, and does fear stall our spiritual growth?

 

Growing spiritually also implies that we encounter, and learn from, the darker side of our nature. Dealing with the darker side, as is the case with fear, can be seen as a “struggle” with the forces that impede our reunification with the great creative force of the universe. As we progress on our spiritual path, we will inevitably come across fear and other negative energies, but these inhibitory, and sometimes, destructive forces, have a major role within the universal order. Once we learn to conquer them, we become more aware of our specific gifts and talents. Everything is energy, and what we perceive as destructive forces, are also a form of energy, and as with all energies, they can be used both in a constructive and destructive manner. If we allow ourselves to observe with a quiet and curious mind, rather than allowing ourselves to be over-taken with the negative emotions these darker forces can bring out, then these forces become useful and a learning tool for our spiritual growth.

 


 

Ion Bucur – Baia Mare / Romania

 

You talk often about the evolution of humanity, but I feel like we are living an era of regression, an era of a great loss of important values.

 

What is lost at the level of the physical is gained at the level of true Essence. The Essential never disappears; what bears true value subsists forever. Each direct experience with the transitory nature of the physical, gives us a new opportunity to appreciate what possesses real value and helps us to discern the Essential from the temporary or illusionary – that which is perpetually changing and non-lasting. It helps us recognize and appreciate the timeless –that which was, is and will ever be.

 


 

Pascale Le Verger – Bilic / France

 

How are we “conditioned”, and can we ever completely free ourselves from it?

 

Wherever we are or go, we carry with us an image of ourselves. We create and re-create this image based on our thoughts, words and actions. This image was progressively installed in our minds by the influence of our culture, education, traditions, nationality, and all the things we identify ourselves with. With time, we develop certain habits and a certain structure of thought that is the origin of our behavioural patterns, which are very difficult to break free from. Our choices then, become very restrictive and our habits become the boundaries of our world. Freedom from this conditioning can only be done by gaining awareness of how our thoughts are formed, especially the persistent negative thoughts which we have been identifying ourselves with.

 


 

Antonio Angiolieri – Firenze / Italy

 

What is your view on psychoanalysis?

 

Wanting to know more about our person and the situations from the past that have contributed to making us what we are now, is not an unhealthy curiosity in itself. However, it is important to keep in mind that the information we obtain from such sessions, permits us to know more about our person, the ego-based content, and not our true selves. Psychoanalysis is but a first step. If we want to know who we truly are, we have to undergo a further step, and that is to leave behind this ego content once we recognize it for what it is…