The best service you can render to humanity is to recognise the true nature of your being!
The deepest instruction within us is to KNOW THYSELF. This is not a limitation because even if we choose to ignore it , or go against it , it is something that automatically occurs through experiencing a sense of being.
To say, KNOW THYSELF does not point you in any particular direction and does not limit you, pressure you, or tell you how you should think and act.
To enter the human experience is to KNOW THYSELF through the forgetting of who you are , which is unlimited, ever-present consciousness , and then remembering.
In remembering who we truly are, we learn about ourselves, our true self. To forget and then remember seems therefore to become more than you were before you forgot, hence your sense of evolution.
In this it should be noted that this more does not imply superiority; instead it is to have focused on an alternate perspective on what consciousness is.
To be human is to continue the eternal journey of spirit to KNOW THYSELF. Ultimately this is to know ALL beings as equal expressions of unlimited, ever-present consciousness and is realised through the experience of unconditional love for ALL.
To understand this is to realise that the human experience did not randomly evolve but is the expression of a focused intention.
The human experience has been designed to focus on the instruction of KNOW THYSELF.
The basic principle of that design is for each of us to become a focused aspect of the whole, instead of knowing ourselves as the whole, in order to better understand that aspect.
Although we tend to view that understanding in a mental way , which is a valid and valuable perspective, it should be recognised that even before we developed language and writing, we were operating within the design.
Our mind is something that has evolved over what we perceive as three dimensions of space and one dimension of time. We started out as instinctual creatures on a feeling-based journey of self-discovery.
Coming to an understanding of what we are as human beings is a fascinating field of discovery, but the design of this reality is all about the journey of coming to love ourselves.
At the heart of all intentions for this life is our intention to love the aspect of All That Is, of which we are a localised expression, just as well as love the other as an equal aspect of All That Is, of which they are a localised expression.
We are here to love ourselves and each other, or to recognise the other as oneself.
As we start to move from extreme individualism to a wider state of perception, through which we can love, so we come to embrace more of ourselves, others and the perceived world.
As we mature as a species, despite how it may look outwardly, we are coming to not only care for ourselves and our immediate family, we are evolving a feeling of care for all human beings, even when they appear to be different from us.
This may be causing tensions in the world at this time but that is all an expression of resistance to change, and that change is arising through a greater sense of being one species than ever before.
Although social media would seem to imply that we are divided, this does not change the fact that communication technologies and social media have made the world seem smaller.
Social media is full of people telling each other they are less than human beings. Rewind fifty years and many more people meant not deserving to be seen as human beings.
That feeling of complete detachment still exists today, but the trend is that we are becoming more conscious, not less, you just have to stand really far back to see it.
It only seems worse now because so much is on the surface to be seen. This is a good thing because it means we are becoming conscious of something we were previously unconscious of.
The rise of social media is a significant turning point in our evolution as we move beyond being so individualistic. Our focus on social media reflects a move from predominantly seeking to love and connect with our immediate family and a small social circle of friends, to seeking to love and connect at a much wider level.
This technology would not have developed if we were not ready to move forward into a different type of experience. What we are currently experiencing is the infancy of mass communication and it is causing us to change in positive ways far more than we tend to realise, because we tend to focus on the negative noise.
The internet has fundamentally changed the nuclear family by making it far less insular. A part of you may feel this as a loss or simply as not a good thing.
What should be remembered is that space and linear time are an illusion and, unlike the traditional view of reincarnation, we are not limited in what time period we can birth into. To spirit, what we call time is just a marker point for an event.
This means that the traditional nuclear family and the good old days are not something that modern society has destroyed. Every time-period is available to us when we birth. This is why your choice to be alive at this time in history is not a compromise. If you wanted simpler times then you would have birthed into them.
What this all boils down to is the realisation that the people who surround you aren’t just some random selection of humanity, they are a web of meaning, presented as the face of other, which reflects your desire to expand in a particular direction.
In this we are not just talking about the people you personally know, but also the public personalities, social media, and news stories you choose to pay attention to, regardless of whether that attention is positive or negative.
That which surrounds you is what you are choosing to integrate.
What you are isn’t contained within a single, physical body. There are circles, within circles, within circles of people that surround you, with each circle and your level of focus upon it representing a layer of meaning.
When you look at your life in this way, what is seen is that the closest of these circles is what you are most focused on integrating, with the circle outside of that being the next, and so forth. This means that your focus on these different circles of other is like a road-map of your intention to expand, rather like looking into your future.
In this vision of circles I want you to feel how what you are is represented not just by your immediate self, but by everything you choose to focus on, regardless of whether that is perceived as being your personal self or other.
In this we begin to see how what we have called other is actually a description of the human qualities that are currently awakening within us. In this light the other people upon whom you are most focused are seen to reflect and reveal your choice of evolution, through the direction of your attention.
What we call other could also be called our personal next in terms of it representing our expansion of focus.
For example, as a society we are currently collectively focusing on the aspect of abuse. This is being reflected through many public individuals having the world become conscious of their abusive behaviour.
In its current initial presentation of anger, which is a natural and necessary stage of the process, it is easy to think we aren’t integrating abusive behaviour but are trying to fight it.
This is because we are still in the stage of vilification where we pronounce ourselves to be the opposite of the abusive other through the expression of how it disgusts and repels us.
This reminds me of a few decades ago when statements like ‘I’m not racist, one of my friends is’. (insert race of choice here) were commonplace.
Whereas now, we have a wider understanding that a racist is not always some overt thing that you either are or aren’t. Instead we have found there are a myriad of subtle ways in which it can operate.
We aren’t quite there yet, but eventually it will be realised that to be an individual is to carry some level of prejudice by design, with the understanding that you can have positive prejudices as well as negative ones.
This is because to become an individual is to express a preference of qualities that lead you to experience yourself as different from those around you. It could even be said that the point of humanity is that we feel different from each other and see each other differently.
Whether we bring a positive or negative charge to that difference is up to us, but we are designed to see each other as different.
By this I am simply saying that this world was always meant to contain other, which includes the journey to meeting and connecting with that other.
We came here to be different and to integrate that experience of difference. Equality isn’t about seeing everyone as the same. Equality is about the celebration, rather than fear, of what makes us diverse. And you can’t celebrate diversity by pretending it makes no difference.
In relation to our current situation with the abusive aspect that is now coming into the light of our consciousness, even though it has gone on since the beginning of humanity, we are at the let’s condemn them phase.
However, once we have drained the swamp of the past abuses, we will only be left with the present. And then, pretty soon, that anger will start to shift as our personal pasts start to not look so comfortable when compared to the new values we are adopting.
What is currently a discussion about those abusive people who we see as other will become more and more personal. Increasingly, either ourselves or people we love, will come to be labelled as abusive and we will have to find our own personal balance of love and condemnation.
The positive shift in this is that going forward we will put less and less weight on the past and who we were and instead be all about who we are now. This won’t be some cosmic enlightenment; it will simply be because we each personally want to be judged for who we are today rather than who we were in the past.
This will be the beginning of a new era that births from the current state of pain we are expressing through the social media as a platform for people expressing their anger and pain.
The current state of anxiety and tension is not sustainable and it will collapse in on itself as the human drive to be famous changes.
So-called fame at any cost is still prevalent in our collective psyche and this is fuelled by those who are famous choosing not to be transparent as to the negative aspects of their experience.
The war we see on social media today isn’t just some sad aberration; it is a magnification of the abusive aspect within the human mind.
Social media isn’t making people cruel and abusive; it is showing us our cruel and abusive aspects and tendencies.
All this abuse that currently seems to be about other people who are out there and did things in the past is going to eventually become about each and everyone of us in the present.
This is why it is ultimately going to be meeting and integrating our own abusive aspects and tendencies as opposed to humanity becoming kinder by identifying and locking up all its abusers.
Let’s go even one level deeper.
Today we have looked at how the people who surround you are there with a purpose, meaning they are your chosen focus rather than a random cross-section of humanity. In this I highlighted how we can birth into any period in history. What this means is that not only are the people around you there by your choice, but…
The entire state of the planet , as a whole , is your backdrop to your human experience.
Therefore, it is not that those who surround you are a choice, but the whole of humanity is just what it is, and you have to take it whether you like it or not.
This present version of humanity, which you chose to experience, seems to be your individual choice for the collective other that is providing a profound level of context to your life.
Although it is normal to have some resistance to this idea, as it doesn’t give you many options to deal with your frustrations, there is a clear logic because the whole exists within each self. We have painted this picture of expansion through other where we are integrating more and more of what it is to be human.
This eventually leads to a point where you are capable of seeing things from ALL perspectives. This is when a human being realises that they are not only connected to the others that most closely surround them, but are connected to ALL others.
The realisation of SELF AS OTHER and OTHER AS SELF leads to the recognition that the WHOLE WORLD is a reflection of you.
The reason this is so mind-blowing is that although you are a part of what could be considered a collective project called humanity, the whole of what humanity is, is the perfect vehicle for the experience you personally came here to have.
This is the realisation that there is ZERO compromise in your choice for this life. This seems impossible as our linear minds cannot logically comprehend how billions of people could be having a shared experience where everyone is getting exactly what they wanted.
When we started being human we enjoyed the challenge of coming to love ourselves and those closest to us. Now, at this time of awakening, we are enjoying the challenge of coming to love each other at much wider levels.
See how, although this can be seen as an evolution of intention, it is in fact still the original intention , just seen through a wider lens. This is because ultimately consciousness is holographic with each self containing the whole. This means that…
To love ALL THAT YOU ARE, as opposed to just your most celebrated aspects, is to come to love the world. And to open yourself to love the world is equally the path of coming to love ALL THAT YOU ARE , the I AM that your are.
It doesn’t matter what face you love, the face in the mirror or the face of the other. Every way in which you do not love this world and the other it contains, is a way in which you do not love yourself!
Love is love and, when fully realised , cannot be divided. To love the whole of anything is to love everything.
With Love and Respect
Retirement is a topic that can make people sleep badly.
Some people save a lot of additional money. But now, in the present, they have less to live for. Which is somehow a pity. If so, then ...
Others have decided to live now and they trust that later everything will somehow be all right. Which can be dangerous. What now …
And then there are those who have a lot now and have saved up enough for later. Hallelujah. They will probably not sleep badly. All good?
What many people forget is providing for old age is more than only saving money!
Of course, financial security is important and with money everything is easier than without money.
But what good is a lot of money if you can't do anything with it because you're sick? Take care of your health now!
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What use is the money to you if you have no one with whom you can fulfil your desires?
How happy can you become when you are lonely?
What good is it if you have a lot of money but only stay at home and have no interests or hobbies?
What good is it if you don't know how to use and divide up your free time because for years you were only determined by others?
What if you can't take care of yourself because you never learned it or you’re sick?
If you simply have nothing for which you want to get up in the morning and you lack the sense?
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How do you see your future?
Maybe you often think of something like that: When I am old, then ...
- I finally have the opportunity to travel more and see something of the world.
I finally have time to read all the books I ever wanted to read and sit in the garden in peace.
- I will not be such an old fart, I will continue to meet with my friends and can just do great things all day long.
- I will take care of my grandchildren and I can finally be there for my family.
Every one of us has such dreams and ideas about the future.
But to be honest, how sure can you be that what you want will come true?
Maybe then you will simply be too sick to travel. And being away for a long time is not possible because you still have a house that binds you.
And who is actually coming with you?
Maybe you will soon get bored with your books. After all, they haven't been interesting and important enough to get a piece of your time in the last 30 years.
Do you surely have a few good friends and acquaintances later who like to share their time with you? Maybe they have other obligations as well. Or they die. Or move away.
And what about your family? What if the grandchildren just don't like their old grandpa? And anyway, your children and grandchildren also have their own lives and not necessarily enough time to get to grips with you.
Phew, if I read it that way, I could get directly scared of the future ...
But that's not what I wanted to tell you with this post.
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Saving money for your retirement means investing money in the future today. Don't get me wrong: Financial provision is of course important and right.
But it is just as important to provide for your health, your relationships, your goals, your purpose and your ideas of what a beautiful old age may look like for you.
You can already do something about that today. And thus make it more likely that you will have a happy old age.
Also invest in your dreams, ideas and purpose
Take care of things as they come. But you should also make sure that things come as you want them to.
So let's start with the slightly different retirement plan.
The last 20 years:
On average, we live around 20 years in retirement, which seems a long time. What you can do.
Of course - and also unfortunately - we cannot completely influence how this time will go and what exactly awaits us.
But let us not only pay attention to financial security. There is so much more to life than that. Relationships. Spirituality. Love. Health. Purpose.
That's why it is important to expand your retirement plan!
That's why you should expand your pension portfolio to include a few more things that are important to you as you grow older.
Because: "The best way to predict the future is to shape it yourself".
Step 1: Become clear about your dreams and ideas
Think about what you want to truly enjoy in your older years.
Step 2: Identify the obstacles
And now search quite purposefully for what could stand in the way of your happiness. Why could perhaps not work out what you wish for? What are the risks? What could prevent your ideas from coming true?
Step 3: Make your investment plan
If you have thought about what your goal is (step 1) and what could prevent you from achieving it (step 2), then the third step follows: your plan.
For this you ask yourself what you can do for your more inclusive retirement so that it becomes as unlikely as possible that your obstacles from step 2 appear.
Of course you can do that all on your own, at least you should do that.
But most likely we don’t know how to do that and what our talents really are. Often we think we know who we are or what we can do best but in our coaching and mentoring we found out, that the truth is a most a surprise.
Christa Krahnert ND
Naturopath, Holistic Counsellor
Coach, Mentor, Spiritual Teacher
Have you ever heard the serenity prayer? ‘God, give me the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.’
Are you tired of how you are feeling and/or perhaps how you look? Are you often feeling depressed? Are you sick of all those annoying perceived imperfections and seeming inadequacies? Are things just not the way you would like them to be? Are others behaving just not the way you would like them to?
Here are a few more questions; are you really hard working at changing circumstance and/or others? Are you really working hard at becoming a new person and are you successfully dumping all you own irritating defects? Do you find it stressful and exhausting?
How are you going anyway? Are you getting anywhere? Are you making any progress after years of dedicated hard work to change yourself and your life? Or have you already given up?
Here’s some news for you: You won’t change! You can’t change! It’s impossible! What you can change is your attitude and your beliefs.
The only thing you can really change is your acceptance of yourself. How about starting to accept yourself as a unique, one of a kind and imperfect human being living in an imperfect world filled with millions other seeming imperfect people.
The only way out of frustration and depression is to first accept your states of frustration and depression. You can continue to feel depressed, blame, criticise and scream about your shortcomings and imperfections, you will never have the perfect body; the perfect mind, partner, environment or what have you.
Without accepting the current state you are in, no drug or therapy will ever work; sure it might provide a short relief, but the true depth of your being will surely stay obscured and suppressed.
Perfection in this world does not exist! What is perfection anyway? Everything is perfect as it is, NOW! Is it not? What is, is! Because it is! I invite you to open yourself to this statement. Explore what lies beyond ideas and the conceptual mind. Embrace your feelings, fully! Your feelings never lie, they talk to you, they have a message for you.
They reflect your every thought and belief! And your thoughts and beliefs tell a story, your story. Who would you be without your story? Not just another story, but without any story!
What are your attitudes and beliefs reflecting? Are you courages enough to find out, with honesty and without judgement?
Keep in mind that what you resist persist. Resist your perceived seeming imperfections and unhappiness and your conscious and unconscious focus and energies will keep you there, shaping your every experience of more so-called imperfections. Imperfection is just an idea anyway, who says and who determines what is perfect and what is not?
We can even feel completely lousy, waiting for circumstances to change or a sudden happiness will descend on you some day and everything will change. How long do you want to wait?
What you can do is taking responsibility and be totally aware of your attitudes and beliefs, every moment of your life.
Would you be prepared to laugh at your perceived flaws and focus instead on your inherent wholeness and greatness? Deep inside you do know what I am talking about! Would you be willing to accept yourself just as you are, NOW? It could be a most liberating and transforming experience in your life!
It would also mean that you don’t have to struggle any longer to be someone or something you’re not. Just imagine to be finally free to be you, just as you are, NOW! I encourage you to give up struggle and surrender to ,what is‘. Oh sweet surrender! How would it feel to love yourself just the way you are?
How would you feel if you celebrate life and your uniqueness every day, every minute? How would you feel if you chose to embrace all your seeming faults, warts and failures?
The feeling of feeling good can come only from one place; a place deep inside of you: total self-acceptance. Are you ready to re-discover it?
With freedom to choose self-acceptance comes responsibility. It happens automatically and is extremely empowering. Your joy is there. It never went away. Welcome home!
Love & Light
Rolf Krahnert. ConsciousLiving Coach - Mentor for Awakening and Transformation.