Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Asian Tsunami Opened Waves Of Love

When something terrible as the biggest tsunami happens to so many people so suddenly, one of two reactions occurs: Either you feel the world is a terrible place where the innocent suffer and disaster awaits around the corner—or you realize that this entire world show is designed to teach us love.

While we can’t even begin to fathom the meaning of the recent tsunami, it was a massive wakeup call for the entire planet.

The Tsunami waves also created waves within us to open up our hearts and respond as best we knew. We expressed it as best we could through prayers, through our pocketbook, and through sharing our deep concern. What it did for us was teach us love.

We realized that we’re all in this experience called life together and that when anyone suffers everyone feels the echo. We share a common humanity.

Other disasters have happened very recently—the constant slaughter of human beings for idealism, religion, and nationalism—but we lost touch with our compassion, our minds blinded by judgment, fear, and prejudice.

But with the asian tsunami, we had to face our humanity and its fickle nature without any buffers. The tsunami images shook our habitual self-absorption and our innate narcissism.

Still judgment happened. People decided to blame God or nature. People decided that it happened elsewhere and that little could be done about it. Others became absorbed in tsunami facts.

Nevertheless, hearts opened, money, rescue attempts, and prayers suddenly escalated. And for a brief moment, we began to feel like a single humanity; across the globe, we became one race, one country, and one people.

Our illusory boundaries melted as we gazed at video clips of tsunamis.

All of us can relate in one way to disaster, and when we saw it happen on such a large scale, it opened up our hearts.

When we learned to love, we learned to give, and when we learned to do what God would do if he were a human being, we learned who and what we are.

In the end, it’s all about love.

In loving, we become truly ourselves. We discover a power for good we never knew existed. And we discover that we are one consciousness existing in many bodies.

Tsunami aid is also aid to our closed hearts.

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Saleem Rana got his masters in psychotherapy from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Ca., 15 years ago and now resides in Denver, Colorado. His articles on the internet have inspired over ten thousand people from around the world. Discover how to create a remarkable life


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