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Old 03-02-2018, 04:14 AM
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Life

How do I see life? I see life as as an opportunity for our souls to fulfill a wish, something to experience. Religion and sprituality have gotten sadly gotten a bad reputation, if I’d openly tell someone my beliefs they would think I’m an extremist or at least a radical believer. To be honest, this is probably the truth, but every truth has different sides and perspectives to look at.

Instead of the countless wars and tyranny for which religion was used for, to manipulate the masses and control us as a population, I choose to see the good in it. Perspective is everything, that’s why despite all my dark thoughts I can state I’m an optimist at heart. It began with me rejecting religion, rejecting God, not because I thought it was impossible but because I only saw the bad side of religion. I remember telling myself I couldn’t think or say certain things because they were wrong, but is it really wrong for me to be myself as long as I don’t hurt someone? Religion has ruled for centuries with an iron fist, controlling people using fear of the unknown. I chose spirituality because I feel religion isn’t for me, though they have a lot in common there is an important difference, instead of following a book I decided to follow my own soul. Life for me isn’t a test, but an experience.

Instead of fearing whatever’s beyond, I chose to try and make my own connection with God. It began small with me noticing the little beauties in life, how I loved hearing birds sing and water pour, but eventually I saw something I would’ve never thought possible without faith. I have faith that life is good, based on unconditional love. Many times I said to myself that if atheists, either by choice or by inability to believe, get sent to eternal torment, I would reject God. I stand by this principle as I feel love is essenial to the human experience. Without love there is nothing that binds us, I believe the more we transition from negativity and fear to positivity and love, we better not only ourselves, but our entire species. The more we try to see the good in things and find the power to believe in the highest good, the more we elevate ourselves and solve world problems. Perfection is never attainable, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to reach it. Yes it’s just a nice thought that makes me feel good and warm inside, that’s exactly what it is, but I have to believe.

I reject to let my bad experiences in life define me, I choose to learn from it all and better myself just like I’d like to see the world be improved. I choose not to think of how bad things are but how good they could be. I have to, otherwise everything would be nothing, everything would be meaningless. I have to believe every soul-crushing experience I’ve had and will feel happens to shape me into this person I’m supposed to become. Things should happen for a reason, however small or insignificant they may be, there must be a cause to an effect. No matter how many times I lose faith in a dream and want to give up, I sacrifice that notion for a better future. I see sacrifice as a true sign of love, of dedication and commitment. I dont just believe, I’m devoted, I’m nothing without this. If I’d break the promises I’ve made to myself, I wouldn’t be myself anymore, I can’t break them because it goes against everything I stand for. I also try to not let my beliefs dictate what someone can and can’t do, except it if hurts someone. Faith must not be spread using the same controlling tactics as they’ve used in the past, it shouldn’t be forced, it should be chosen.

Don’t tell me something is impossible, if I can picture it so clearly, dream it so vividly, what should keep me from trying? I want this experience. I want this more than anything. I don’t just want this for me, I want to share it with the world. One spark of light in the darkness is enough to make people notice. We have our faults, but we should never stop bettering ourselves. We are just human, but we could be so much more.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:39 AM
inavalan inavalan is offline
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Atheists are believers too; they believe there's no God. Each religion has its own God; some of them have many Gods (e.g. shinto); from "zero" to "many". There are also those who believe in something much bigger than us that isn't an anthropomorphic God.

Exercise your free will, and let all others exercise theirs too!

Many of us try to find answers to big questions about us, about Universe, about where are we coming from, about why are we here, about where are we going after, about what are we supposed to do, and more.

We ask around, we read, we follow gurus, we try to get answers ourselves through prayer, meditation, channeling, regression, etc..

We filter the answers we get through the bias of our already formed beliefs; some of us are more open, others less.

A belief, that many reject, is that we create our own reality through our intentional and unintentional thoughts, and that if we learn to identify our "wants", and to direct our attention only to them, instead of to our "don't wants", we can create, each one of us, our own joyful reality.

No suffering is necessary, or useful. When we experience positive emotions we think, and create, in harmony with the purpose for which we decided to incarnate; when we experience negative emotions (all of them) we think, and create, in disharmony with that purpose.

Only when we're joyful we grow, which explains why we keep incarnating over and over.

We can try to influence others, as they can try to influence us, but each one can create only their own reality, and can't create anybody else's reality.
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Old 03-02-2018, 12:27 PM
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You share this reality with other people. You can't control other people or your circumstances associsted with them using your thoughts. People have free will.
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:16 AM
Rayden_Greywolf Rayden_Greywolf is online now
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A belief, that many reject, is that we create our own reality through our intentional and unintentional thoughts, and that if we learn to identify our "wants", and to direct our attention only to them, instead of to our "don't wants", we can create, each one of us, our own joyful reality.

While this can lead to a more positive mindset and is generally good advice, I've always had a hard time believing in it fully. If one is purposefully manipulating their mind to view things only in a positive way, how can you know what is the true nature of things?
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:18 AM
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How do I see life? I see life as as an opportunity for our souls to fulfill a wish, something to experience. Religion and sprituality have gotten sadly gotten a bad reputation, if Iíd openly tell someone my beliefs they would think Iím an extremist or at least a radical believer. To be honest, this is probably the truth, but every truth has different sides and perspectives to look at.

Instead of the countless wars and tyranny for which religion was used for, to manipulate the masses and control us as a population, I choose to see the good in it. Perspective is everything, thatís why despite all my dark thoughts I can state Iím an optimist at heart. It began with me rejecting religion, rejecting God, not because I thought it was impossible but because I only saw the bad side of religion. I remember telling myself I couldnít think or say certain things because they were wrong, but is it really wrong for me to be myself as long as I donít hurt someone? Religion has ruled for centuries with an iron fist, controlling people using fear of the unknown. I chose spirituality because I feel religion isnít for me, though they have a lot in common there is an important difference, instead of following a book I decided to follow my own soul. Life for me isnít a test, but an experience.

Instead of fearing whateverís beyond, I chose to try and make my own connection with God. It began small with me noticing the little beauties in life, how I loved hearing birds sing and water pour, but eventually I saw something I wouldíve never thought possible without faith. I have faith that life is good, based on unconditional love. Many times I said to myself that if atheists, either by choice or by inability to believe, get sent to eternal torment, I would reject God. I stand by this principle as I feel love is essenial to the human experience. Without love there is nothing that binds us, I believe the more we transition from negativity and fear to positivity and love, we better not only ourselves, but our entire species. The more we try to see the good in things and find the power to believe in the highest good, the more we elevate ourselves and solve world problems. Perfection is never attainable, but that doesnít mean we shouldnít strive to reach it. Yes itís just a nice thought that makes me feel good and warm inside, thatís exactly what it is, but I have to believe.

I reject to let my bad experiences in life define me, I choose to learn from it all and better myself just like Iíd like to see the world be improved. I choose not to think of how bad things are but how good they could be. I have to, otherwise everything would be nothing, everything would be meaningless. I have to believe every soul-crushing experience Iíve had and will feel happens to shape me into this person Iím supposed to become. Things should happen for a reason, however small or insignificant they may be, there must be a cause to an effect. No matter how many times I lose faith in a dream and want to give up, I sacrifice that notion for a better future. I see sacrifice as a true sign of love, of dedication and commitment. I dont just believe, Iím devoted, Iím nothing without this. If Iíd break the promises Iíve made to myself, I wouldnít be myself anymore, I canít break them because it goes against everything I stand for. I also try to not let my beliefs dictate what someone can and canít do, except it if hurts someone. Faith must not be spread using the same controlling tactics as theyíve used in the past, it shouldnít be forced, it should be chosen.

Donít tell me something is impossible, if I can picture it so clearly, dream it so vividly, what should keep me from trying? I want this experience. I want this more than anything. I donít just want this for me, I want to share it with the world. One spark of light in the darkness is enough to make people notice. We have our faults, but we should never stop bettering ourselves. We are just human, but we could be so much more.

Your view on life sounds very similar to mine, except that I happened to fall into the trap of viewing this negatively :/
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:18 AM
Rayden_Greywolf Rayden_Greywolf is online now
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Originally Posted by Rsandee
How do I see life? I see life as as an opportunity for our souls to fulfill a wish, something to experience. Religion and sprituality have gotten sadly gotten a bad reputation, if Iíd openly tell someone my beliefs they would think Iím an extremist or at least a radical believer. To be honest, this is probably the truth, but every truth has different sides and perspectives to look at.

Instead of the countless wars and tyranny for which religion was used for, to manipulate the masses and control us as a population, I choose to see the good in it. Perspective is everything, thatís why despite all my dark thoughts I can state Iím an optimist at heart. It began with me rejecting religion, rejecting God, not because I thought it was impossible but because I only saw the bad side of religion. I remember telling myself I couldnít think or say certain things because they were wrong, but is it really wrong for me to be myself as long as I donít hurt someone? Religion has ruled for centuries with an iron fist, controlling people using fear of the unknown. I chose spirituality because I feel religion isnít for me, though they have a lot in common there is an important difference, instead of following a book I decided to follow my own soul. Life for me isnít a test, but an experience.

Instead of fearing whateverís beyond, I chose to try and make my own connection with God. It began small with me noticing the little beauties in life, how I loved hearing birds sing and water pour, but eventually I saw something I wouldíve never thought possible without faith. I have faith that life is good, based on unconditional love. Many times I said to myself that if atheists, either by choice or by inability to believe, get sent to eternal torment, I would reject God. I stand by this principle as I feel love is essenial to the human experience. Without love there is nothing that binds us, I believe the more we transition from negativity and fear to positivity and love, we better not only ourselves, but our entire species. The more we try to see the good in things and find the power to believe in the highest good, the more we elevate ourselves and solve world problems. Perfection is never attainable, but that doesnít mean we shouldnít strive to reach it. Yes itís just a nice thought that makes me feel good and warm inside, thatís exactly what it is, but I have to believe.

I reject to let my bad experiences in life define me, I choose to learn from it all and better myself just like Iíd like to see the world be improved. I choose not to think of how bad things are but how good they could be. I have to, otherwise everything would be nothing, everything would be meaningless. I have to believe every soul-crushing experience Iíve had and will feel happens to shape me into this person Iím supposed to become. Things should happen for a reason, however small or insignificant they may be, there must be a cause to an effect. No matter how many times I lose faith in a dream and want to give up, I sacrifice that notion for a better future. I see sacrifice as a true sign of love, of dedication and commitment. I dont just believe, Iím devoted, Iím nothing without this. If Iíd break the promises Iíve made to myself, I wouldnít be myself anymore, I canít break them because it goes against everything I stand for. I also try to not let my beliefs dictate what someone can and canít do, except it if hurts someone. Faith must not be spread using the same controlling tactics as theyíve used in the past, it shouldnít be forced, it should be chosen.

Donít tell me something is impossible, if I can picture it so clearly, dream it so vividly, what should keep me from trying? I want this experience. I want this more than anything. I donít just want this for me, I want to share it with the world. One spark of light in the darkness is enough to make people notice. We have our faults, but we should never stop bettering ourselves. We are just human, but we could be so much more.

Your view on life sounds very similar to mine, except that I happened to fall into the trap of viewing this negatively :/
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:37 AM
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While this can lead to a more positive mindset and is generally good advice, I've always had a hard time believing in it fully. If one is purposefully manipulating their mind to view things only in a positive way, how can you know what is the true nature of things?
I think the same way.
And I'm not always so positive about my beliefs as well, I only am when I'm really struggling.
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:46 AM
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We can have control, from this side, of our thoughts. We give them attention, or not, we focus on what we want. They are our requests to the Universe.

Emotions come from the other side (the inside), we can identify them, react to them. They are messages we receive from our inner selves about our thoughts being in harmony, or not, with our (higher) purpose.

Clearly defining the notions we operate with, is essential to how we handle them, and to what we can accomplish.
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