Today we have reached a point where we can no longer afford to ignore this inner world. It is human actions and human decisions that lie behind so many of the world's problems....Our global crisis is, at its root, a crisis of consciousness. Picture from EMN Online Museum of Art, Aut. Gio Kadagishvili
To an impartial observer – say, an alien zoologist from another planet – there must be very compelling evidence that human beings suffer from a serious mental disorder, and are perhaps even insane. The last few thousand years have been an endless catalogue of insane behavior.
February 20, 2020. Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine (based in London, UK) published their annual Watkins’ 2020 list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People – spiritual teachers, activists, authors and thinkers that change the world.
Surrender is one of the most empowering, liberating, spiritually fulfilling experiences life can offer us. It’s much more enlightening than the mind can imagine. So it is going to take tremendous courage, strength, and patience to totally surrender your egoic desires to higher intelligence and guidance. Yet the good news is that surrender frees you from any suffering you are experiencing... instantly!
As many of you may know, Ram Dass passed away on Dec 22. So sad to see such a light go. And so grateful for all he gave the world. He first gained fame, or perhaps one should say infame, in 1963 when as Richard Albert he was expelled from Harvard along with Timothy Leary and Ralph Metzner (both sadly no longer with us) for conducting psychedelic sessions with students.
Moscow, Russia, December 1992. There was a diplomatic reception held at the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It was a major diplomatic event of the year, and all the foreign ambassadors and consuls were present.
A self-diagnosed Anglophile, my whole life, I could not have been more excited when on a beautiful, crisp, cool day in January 1993 I was on a plane landing at Heathrow International Airport. I had never been there before, but for some reason, I loved England all my life – for me, it was a country of great culture and sophistication, the country of Shakespeare and Benjamin Disraeli, the country where I could wear a hat and nobody would stare at me!
On November 14, 1992, Annette Herfkens, an international bond trader on Wall Street and her fiance Willem van der Pas (Pasje) boarded Vietnam Airlines flight 474 in Ho Chi Minh City. They were just two young people in love that planned a romantic getaway to the coastal resort of Nha Trang.
“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” –Benjamin Franklin. I found that quote on Brainy quotes. In fact, they had 28 pages of quotations on the subject of anger, and although I didn’t read them all, I did read several dozen, and they all reflected a similar philosophy – that anger is a negative passion.
In the previous stories, I told you about how my native country Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union, how we celebrated our freedom on the streets of Vilnius, my hometown, and how I got my first job as a consul in the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow in those historic times.
When you grow up somewhere in the world other than America, you hear many stories about how great America is. When I was a little girl, I heard that America was a country where all dreams come true and I imagined that everything was perfect in America – people looked like movie stars, they were beautifully dressed, they were friendly, rich and happy.