Sunday, January 15, 2012

YOU Are Rich!

I don't know what your definition of rich is, but I certainly know mine. From my view if you have a Facebook account and can access it as often as you want, that's enough proof for me that you are rich. If you go to the bathroom in a toilet that you can count will work when you flush it, you are rich. If you drive a car, shop at the mall, go to the movies, eat out, have a cellphone, TV, silverware, food in the fridge, more than two pairs of shoes, a variety of clothing, if you can afford to travel, if you can eat when you are hungry, if you have options that exceed your need for mere survival, to me, you are rich.

The reason why I feel and know myself to be rich is because I have way, way, way, way, way, way more than what a "poor" person has. To me, if you are not poor (go days being hungry, no decent living standards - such as decent shelter, clothing, food, options) then chances are you are rich.

There are so many rich people with poor mindsets, so many rich people who don't even notice it, people who would laugh if someone else called them rich. The reason why I know I'm FILTHY RICH is because I've seen and experienced many DIRT POOR people. By contrast, I am a drowning in an overabundance of wealth.

I've lived next to people who didn't have a TV, fridge or even a floor! Their shower was an old beat-up hose that was connected to some neighbors water supply. They didn't know what owning a bicycle was, let alone a car. I have seen poverty, people who have to gather logs and light them up while they put whatever food they can find in a can and throw it on the fire while they cough from the smoke the logs create. I have seen people having to take a dump in a hole in the ground. I have seen people having to go days without eating a decent meal, I have seen children whose only nourishment is sugared water because there isn't enough money to buy them a slice of bread.

I AM RICH! And if you are reading this SO ARE YOU! The fact that you have gone decades without noticing doesn't take away the fact that you are. People who have choices to throw a cute outfit together are rich, period. Have you ever gone by a river and smacked your garments on a rock to wash them? Or do you just go to your finished basement and throw your clothes in a washing machine? If you don't know poverty you don't know richness.

We live in a culture of spoiled morons who make 40K a year and are single and they consider themselves anything but rich. Why because you're not Oprah Winfrey? Wake the up and smell the coffee... the coffee your machine makes for you, not the coffee you have to gather, dry, mash and put through your husbands old sock so you can have a drink of it. YOU ARE RICH AND SO AM I and that's the end of the story. Wake up.

As long as it is true that in this world there are MILLIONS of people who have NEVER owned and will never own a TV, a car, a cellphone, a computer, etc. in their lifetime and you and I do... suck it up brat, we're rich. Donald Trump and Oprah are billionaires but that doesn't remove the fact that you and I are rich. God, we're spoiled!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wake Up (Not Spiritually)

Everybody is already spiritually awake, that's more than clear to me. Everybody is enlightened, alive, awake and pure. That's how I see it. Where people are dreaming and sleeping is in their minds and emotions. Most of us are dreaming of fame, fortune, soul-mates, vacation, perfection, freedom, beauty, love, compassion, peace, heaven, wonder, etc.

Spiritual people especially, people prone to chalking things up to God and having beautiful sayings like "everything happens for a reason," "God will provide," "God's timing," etc. are especially guilty of this.

If you find yourself constantly thinking about the past and how much better or worse it was/could have been/should have been, and/or about the future about how much better or worse it will/could/should be. You are dreaming. If you say things like "I can't wait" excessively and find yourself asking a lot of "Why did that happen that way?" a lot and have thoughts of revenge or are a hope junkie, you are dreaming. If you find the word "hope" to be one of your favorite, you are a dreamer. And sure, Obama used it in the title of that book... but it's all because he knew who he was talking to, people who above all value the American DREAM. (Again, wake up.)

If you are stuck in a notion of "love" similar to the one in the movies you grew up watching, if you are prone to saying and believing saying like "Love conquers all," "All you need is love," "Love will save the day." You are dreaming. If you're constantly thinking about a relationship that ended or are constantly thinking about the relationship mistakes you or your lover make or made, you are dreaming.

The root of most of these dreams is a low self-esteem, low confidence and a really crappy financial life. Financial illiteracy and inverted priorities are the number one reason for being stuck in childish dreams. If how nice your clothes are is more important to you than how organized and clean your room is, you will suffer. If going on vacation is more important than going to the dentist, you will suffer. If going to that concert is more important than paying your electric bill on time, you will suffer. If going to Disney is more important than getting much needed psychotherapy, you will suffer. If going to a party is more important than studying for your next work assignment that requires preparation, you will suffer. If relationship problems are more important than financial problems, you will suffer. If getting hair gel is more important than changing the oil in your car, you will suffer. If buying clothes you don't need is more important that buying groceries, you will suffer. If getting yourself a new computer is more important than helping your struggling mom or dad with a financial issue, you will suffer.

Kids think "me first" - Adults think "my health, my responsibilities, my bank, my bills, my landlord" first.

Kids think "me first" - Adults think "my partner, my children, my house, my family, my friends" first.

DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND. What "me" means at childhood is everything that is within my skin, in other words just what I want, what my body wants, what I want to feel.

To an adult, ME grows. Me doesn't become you and what you want to feel, me becomes your surroundings and the things you need to address, the things that need your attention beyond your physical self. An adult becomes a big self and a kid is a small, individual contracted self. So yes, in reality you should ALWAYS go first, but you must understand that who YOU are is constantly changing. As a child you are just your little body and feelings... seemingly. That's all your limited perception can afford, but as an adult you realize that the ground you are standing on, your FOUNDATION is way greater than just your body and mind. So you start CARING for your WHOLE self and not just yourself. This is growing up... and I think we should raise more awareness on this, because sadly what is happening is that we are getting lost because we don't understand.

There is a chance you don't REALLY understand what I mean by any of this, because writing is limited and so is perceiving -- so do not make the mistake of being sure you understand what I mean. If you want clarification, ask while I am alive and available to answer - do not jump to conclusions. I may mean something totally different than what you THINK I mean. Ultimately I am talking about maturity, responsibility and control.

If you are curious and have questions - I am here to answer. If not, congratulations on having it together or I hope you learn this stuff in your path, sooner rather than later. The world doesn't seem to be able to afford many more adult children... it's very destructive. Good luck!

Who Would I Be Without Myself?

Without the sagelike silence of my own soul
Who would I be?
Without the impartial voice of pure consciousness
What would be of me?

A conformist, I never could be
My inner voice speaks too loudly
Unique and authentic
Only the voice of my heart
The light that I am grows

Each time I hear it
I seek nothing
For I lack nothing
This, my voice knows

Without my voice I'd have to depend on foreign voices
I would have to use songs and feelings that I did not write or feel
I would have to depend on advice of beings that most likely failed

No one knows more than I what I'm here for
No one knows more than I what I want
No one knows more than I who I am
Not my mother, not my father - they don't touch my own essence

No one knows exactly what I need to hear as I do
No one is more enlightened for my own life than I am

The same applies to you
If you have the courage to realize

Children need authority
Adults don't

Free yourself and write your own songs
Stop borrowing feelings from others
Create your own life
Do not use others to create it for you

Create your own religion
Just like the great ones did
Create your own genre
Your own book

Stop borrowing already
Live your life from your heart

After all...
Who would you be without yourself?
... Absolutely nobody