October 2, 2014 Obara Meji 30Comment

Good morning to you all, this week and also last week as been tiring for me, I do so much in one day, that I am backed up in some work that I have to do. It is by the grace and Olodumare and of Osun that I find that human beings love me very much and will wait on me to get around to them, please be assured that I do not take that for granted. Nobody has ever left me in wrath or anger, or at all and this is why I love you all! I praise the Lord, Haleluyerrrr!

Tonight is our book club discussion and Lalibela Nile who has provided the material will be moderating tonight, I am sure it will be fun and informative. Tomorrow I will post an exciting topic by or brain teaser blogger himself Yw, I am looking forward to it, as he is not an ordinary person, not ordinary at all. He has the ability to send his readers into a very deep thought mode, an mi nuh know bout oonuh, but me love it. I wanted to do a re-post today, because of me being tired, but I, for some reason believe that I am shorchaging you all if you open up your computers and do not see something fresh here on Embracing Spirituality. However there is a post which I will add to these my own thoughts, tell me what you all think.

Being tired or having low energy is not common for me, and I am of the belief that if you are faced with something, you must tell yourself that this thing is not so. You must believe that you are not tired, this is just a illusion, a mental affair, meditate upon feeling vibrant and healthy, meditation is crucial. Close your eyes and see yourself being active and all will being well, embracing total health. There must however be a deep belief in what you are doing, not a haphazard one.

The power of the mind is great and we often do not use the ability given to us by God. It is possible for a human to sit and meditate and run light throughout their bodies and heal. We are limited because we choose to be, not because we are. We already have the thoughts within our minds, that certain things we cannot do, despite motivational speakers raising up their fists and shouting “We can do it!, and we responding in kind. There is however a doubt in the back of the minds of many.

Growing up I was a hypochondriac, yes I was. Was! Not anymore, since I have embraced my spirituality I have come to realize that we are not/never alone and that if we believe and trust, our eyes will open up to all our possibilities and greatest potential. Now this is not a motivational speech or a “Yes you can! post, this is the truth and it is not a even hard thing to do.

Old time Jamaican people, use to say “Belief kills and belief cures”, many people attribute this saying  to, no one can hurt them if they do not believe, but it is deeper than that. I do not think this what the elders meant by this proverb. I believe that they were speaking of  the power of the mind, and having total belief, belief without doubt. Many people can I say “I do Not or I do Believe”, but deep down in the crevices of their mind, Doubt bars the way!

Several year ago I had made a post titled Doubt Bars the Way, By Dr. L. W. de Laurence, today I would like to share it again here so we may read and discuss it and perhaps add our own thoughts. I like de Laurence, I really do.

Doubt Bars the Way

We all know what glamour means, but it is one of the most difficult things conceivable to find it in ourselves; it is like turning the mind upon itself.  One has read of persons trying to record the impressions made upon them after having used opium; a study in madness, in which the victim portrays the change in consciousness as he began to pass out of the realm of sanity, illustrates this difficulty.  Edgar Allen Poe pictures the same idea in a wonderful manner.   It is so different to set to work on material which is outside the worker, to working on the worker himself.  We use our eyes to see what is around us, what is really outside them; if we could conceive turning the eye on itself —– not another person’s eye —-and subjecting it to a minute anatomical dissection, we should get some notion of the task.  Yet we sharpen a knife by bringing it contact with another, so that though both blades were blunt before being brought together, they are so no longer.
  The glamour of the mind is regarded by some as a wise position of nature to hide some of our deficiencies and shortcomings from ourselves, to soften and assuage the pain which the discovery would awaken, but only the weak now would be content to accept such an anodyne.  Its action, like that of all anodynes is to deaden, to stupefy, to stunt and dwarf, and therefore to lead to involution instead of evolution.  Glamour may be necessary at certain stages in the growth of the ego, but it decidedly is not so when a man begins to take himself in hand, and the man who is anxious to know how to concentrate does not usually rest there:  it is a means to an end and that end is the bringing forth of all the powers latent in man and using them to the fullest extent.
The Old Man of The Sea
Doubt possesses a remarkable degree disquality of glamour; it is like ‘The Old Man of The Sea’.   In one sense; we carry it about on our backs, even when we know we have it, deluding ourselves with the idea that we must always bear the burden.  But a prior stage of excrescence is there, and we know it’s not.  This constitutes the insidiousness of the thing.
We really entertain this mental visitor, this alien (doubt), everyone knows, once a thing is set going one never knows where it will stop.  In fact, once begun a thing acquires a momentum of its own.  When we deal with forces it is not like dealing with dead things.  A stone thrown from the hand will travel until the force which actuated is spent, and it falls to the ground.  It is mechanical; it lacks the life which force possesses, though even a stone has life, only not sufficiently developed to the point we find the case of a vital force.  A force contains the element of self-initiation; that is to say, it has potentialities.  It has, as it were, life behind it so that when we start it off, it has the faculty of going on through its own volition. 
 We get this idea of this in the problem of perpetual motion which has exercised the minds of the greatest thinkers in all ages.  We have tried to create some device which, once set going; will continue to move all for eternity.  As a result some clever mechanical apparatus have been invented, things would wind themselves up when they have run down, showing the idea of a something existing in the universe which pulsed primeval life.  It does exist too; the atom is an example of it.  It is a vortex of perpetual force, of movement, which cannot be destroyed, but which may be altered as regards direction.  And this is the practical bearing it has for us.  So long as the mind exists it must work.  True, we can see thinking for brief spaces of time but they are very brief indeed.  Whether we like it or not, the mind will go on functioning and if we do not provide it with work, it will provide work for itself.  In this way doubt will be accepted as something for the mind to put itself against, and doubt bars the way to accomplishment.  To seek to concentrate a mind in which doubt has a state, is like trying to extract the minimum worth and brightness from a fire great which is stroked with ashes and piled up with rubbish as well.
  What avail is the best coal when put on such a fire?  If we give the fire time at all the rubbish will probably be burnt up, but this will require too long a period and we cannot get the best out of our fire whilst it is in this state.  A mind which harbors doubt is a mind that is confused, and this confusion is not always apparent to its possessor.  You can only secure the fullest use of a power by it being unfettered by others; and only by the fullest use by using 100%, do you achieve anything worthwhile.  When forces are divided there is leakage in power, and one force neutralizes another.
 
The mind is like a bottled up volcano, full of immense forces, only unlike its physical prototype.  It is under lock and key, or under control; the control is unconscious however, just as the mind’s power usually are.  The lid comes off when the mind is unhinged, when there is a want of balance and the most brilliant genius has paid the penalty of not understanding the forces he has created or developed.  If we will control it we must seek to understand it and I have referred to the intent activity of the mind, the fact that it is never still, but always moving like a large crowd, a number of which to go in various directions. (taken from The Master Key by L.W de Laurence)
Eré tí ọ̀pọ̀lọ́ ńsá nínú omi gbígbóná, tó bá sáa lọ́dàn ni, kò ní wọ omi gbígbóná. /
Had the frog been as fleet-footed in the fields as it is in the hot cooking pot, it won’t have entered the pot….Yoruba Proverb![A stitch in time saves nine]

All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!

There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji

 

 

 

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Yw
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In regards to “Doubt bars the way”, I came across an interesting thought a while back” called Johari’s window. It can be used many ways but it is basically a self awareness model or tool. Interesting….here are a couple links on it.
http://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/JohariWindow.htm
http://www.selfawareness.org.uk/news/understanding-the-johari-window-model

charles206
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Thank you Obara. You have done it again

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Nung to you Miss Teach, afta mi start read di into and start to get all mushy an ting, dere you goes wid di Haleluyerrrr… Nung yuh know sey mi did affi stap dehsoh an comment right? I cannot wid you lol.

Okay, gone back gone read. Soon faawud

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Hello fambo. Hope you are all in good spirits and well

NuNu
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NuNu

” A mind which harbors doubt is a mind that is confused, and this confusion is not always apparent to its possessor.” I like this statement

NuNu
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NuNu

Ok I understand that, but get rid of desire! But isn’t desire a big part of our volition. Don’t we need desire to drive us?

NuNu
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NuNu

How do you define the word ‘glamour’ up top?

Cami
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Cami

Edgar Allen Poe was a brilliant author… but dark and unhinged in many ways. I honestly believe Poe was a serial killer because the things he wrote about along with his moving around kind of gave me that about him. WIth poe I always see darkness and rain.

NuNu
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Edgar did say that he’s in his head too much and he couldn’t find his way out. Mi gone done read yah now

Cami
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Cami

I’m wondering if dude was in the military and which branch uniform his he wearing. He’s intelligent and know the law but mad as a shad, lol

toy7318
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I want to know what the embassy did to him, but cuss them yes. They get on my nerves. Lmao…that man is funny…he said get off my…. Lmao lmao

Cami
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Cami

Toy, lmao too cause the man was up on his rear a bit, lolol

toy7318
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Morning everyone, I like this post everything starts with the mind.

MTH
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Teach, I wonder what set off the guy in the video? That is the voice of someone who has been taken advantage of.

NuNu
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NuNu

Di bredda sound fed up

Courtney
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Morning all

Cami
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Cami

Morning, started reading and got distracted, lol.

Obara! big up story tella!

NuNu
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NuNu

Good morning everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day today! I’m gonna go read and come back

MTH
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Teach, mi a mark mi name. Mi soon come back. Gimme 5 minutes.

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