How are contemplations used?
Contemplating is a creative art form and effective tool for self introspection as it connects us with nature and provides an enlightened response to the information overload, confusion, stress, anxiety and depression of modern life.
The contemplations in Wiser Day on Earth began in 1984 when author Aaron John Beth’el had a life-changing, lucid dream shortly after his beloved Father passed away.
While dreaming, he was shown by a Teacher how to think deeply using the art of observation and contemplation based on his own practical life experiences.
Upon awakening, he wrote his first contemplation and has since written over 6000 total.
Why self introspection?
Self introspection is the act of looking inward and reflecting on your own analytical thought processes. It helps you develop and grow to better understand yourself, others and the environment around you as all species are interconnected.
As a mindfulness practice, self introspection also aids in self counselling, decision-making, creativity and emotional and physical health.
We hope that you will benefit from using these contemplations in your daily practice as a source of wisdom, hope and inspiration.
At times of adversity, rather than fall into fear and anxiety, if we can undertake acts of kindness, then fear and anxiety are instantly reduced.
In a coherently existing universe, all forces cloaked behind anonymity, whether dark or light, will ultimately be revealed through the relentless force of eternity.
We may be driving through the countryside, and see a myriad of trees along the sides of the road, as well as the clouds above us, feel the wind upon our face, the vibrations of the tyres on the road, smell the passing fragrances of nature, the sounds of birds, as well as the humming of our engine and so on, and suddenly realise, that we are experiencing an infinite, almost pointillist, atomically structured life and world through all of our senses.
When we believe something, what made us choose the first step, the second step, or the third step to our belief, and so on? In other words can we describe the reasoning pathway of the provenance of our belief, that led us to holding the particular belief we now hold? If we have refrained from our ability to reason, or cannot describe the provenance of our belief, then it is likely that we have been conditioned by someone else, or an authority, the media and so on.
Sometimes our insistence on wanting the very best, the best quality, best comfort, food, accommodation and so on, can make us too selective, too limited, as well as deny our humanity with others. Having second, third or even lower best can give us new found appreciation, as well as renew the sense of pleasure we receive from the habitual good in our lives.
The primary life focus of a self-integrating person, is on self-improvement, rather than asking others, or the world to change. This is particularly relevant to consider now, during a period of battling ideologies in the world, where some people are insisting that others make change. Ultimately, for every human being, the question is, “Am I living a truly honourable and authentic life?”
To deeply realise that another human being can experience the depths of despair or the heights of joy, appreciate the beauty of a flower or a sunrise, salivate at the smell of coffee, enjoy the comforting taste of chocolate, go through the excruciating pain of a sore tooth, the painful loss of a loved member of one’s family or a close friend, snuggle in the warmth of a bed on a cold winter’s night, tumble in the exuberant energy of a summer wave at the beach, or experience the heights of passion of an orgasm…we come to realise that others are just like us, vulnerable, hoping, caring, loving, fearing, and therefore we can be more compassionately aware towards them.
A truth told in confidence is generally regarded as being sacred. But an untruth told in confidence has nothing sacred about it.
Our unique, personal, raison d’etre in life, is less likely to be found in conforming with mainstream beliefs and resultant behaviours.
We live our lives on earth, as it journeys through space. The earth is therefore our home as well as our galactic vehicle. Yet whilst travelling through the cosmos, many of us have been too fixated on the ground, and been busy destroying some of the eternally-travelled, pristine living spaces on board. We have forgotten the balancing, soul-attuning, boundless perspective that comes from simply gazing through the cabin window of our own horizon, to see the stars outside.
A life dominated by the ignorance of one’s own thinking fallacies, is a life less truthfully or fully lived.
Freedom does not necessarily mean pursuing the heights of self-centred pleasure or wealth, or the narrowmindedness of self-centred beliefs or expression.
To give away one’s sovereign freedom by acquiescing to unexamined convention and the entrenched social order, is to forfeit the quest for truth and meaning, and to lose one’s inborn purpose in life.
Being human, means supporting and promoting the materialisation of humanitarian ideals.
The ignorance of not knowing, is part of every human being’s life experience that can be remedied with curiosity and an open mind. However the ignorance of disregarding or disdaining information because of bias or closed-mindedness is an insurmountable ignorance.
A true Intellectual will tend to look from other and often greater coherent views or larger perspectives than blindly follow conditioned education, mainstream views, or uphold the status quo. This is surely what it means to be an independent, unique thinker. Furthermore this also means that barring issues of partisanship, those rare, true intellectuals are often at odds privately or publicly, with mainstream views and institutions.
A relatively simple action can dramatically increase our innate intelligence, which also has the added benefit of making us more humane…
When we look beyond our judgments to consider other options about what we believe, see or experience, then instantly our awareness enlarges, our compassion grows, and our intelligence increases. The opposite of course is also true, if we continue to habitually look with judgmentalness.
There is a unique pleasure in kindness, yet it is unlike the pleasure we find in the fulfilling of a desire. Rather the pleasure of kindness is more transcendentally selfless, rather than self-centred.
To wait for the perfect person and circumstance in order to be kind, is to short-change the next person we meet, or the person already by our side.
If we regard the laws of the state as our primary source of truth, freedom, morality and justice, we will sooner or later become oppressed by the state, lose our liberty, and end up in tyranny.
The primary state that love creates in us, that removes the barriers for, and pierces any body armouring we may have, is to create openness, that we may have union with that which is within, and that which is without.
The only kind of love there is, is selfless love.