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.
The artificial things in our life, whether they are ingredients, forces, things or places, are more likely to create unhealthy extremes in our human experience and expressions which do not occur in a more ancient, naturally coherent environment.
So for example, many things or human behaviours that occur in large metropolitan areas would generally not occur in a rural or wilderness area, because they are simply not coherent in such environments.
Consequently, the more we use, live-in, and are influenced by the artificial, the more we will lose of our nature-cohering humanity, until eventually we may forget the naturally coherent, whilst we ignorantly accumulate and reap the resulting effects of the artificial.
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 indiscriminately follow another’s beliefs, education, opinion, focus, and so on, is to ultimately prove the veracity or justification of their choice, rather than our own.
The principle of coherent reasoning will always find simple, logical, non-harming solutions to life. Whereas those so-called solutions that are complex and cause harm to life, are often created as a means of repression, control, taking power, and designed to make extortionate profits.
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.
The Education system is clearly visible by its results and consequences in society. We have largely created a society of separated individuals, not knowing themselves, and increasingly disconnected from each other and from nature. The left brain intellect has been made a pseudo god, through focusing on trendy, imitation cleverness, material success, groupthink, peer popularity and trivial celebrity, whilst cut off from our humanity and kinship with life. The supreme understanding of life, that of the awareness of love, is neglected, along with wisdom, contentment, and peace.
At those times we are experiencing an emotion which ideally we would not choose, we can change the emotional state by doing the following exercise in a safe space; simply standing with our eyes closed, arms by our sides, and start to slightly sway our body, yet with our head swaying somewhat independently. After only a couple of minutes and before the swaying naturally subsides, the exercise appears to balance our physical, mental and emotional state. Often towards the end, we may experience a goosebump sensation. However, if the emotion has affected us deeply, or we continue to mull it over, we may need to repeat the exercise at a later time.
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.
The intelligence of wisdom is naturally embraced because it feels somehow innate; somehow already deeply known. Whereas the tedious, often life-denying efforts required to learn standardised knowledge is of an intelligence that does not feel innate at all.
If we are to evolve to a more wisdom-based planet, surely our current and historically-based education system needs to be reborn and made more sapien-centred.
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.
Unexamined obedience to state, society or authority of any kind, is a far greater corruption than examined disobedience to state, society or authority.
At those times when we are aware of our perceptions of knowing, thinking and feeling, we become aware that there is an observer within us who watches the proceedings. When we begin to live more consciously aware of the observer (our true nature aligned with our soul) the mind is directed more to wisdom and the speaking of it, and the heart to a devotional gnosis.
We may be losing authenticity and personal freedom, rather than gaining an ordered life, if our routines, thoughts, speech or actions become overly habitual.
The more we can perceive, the more we can become aware, creative, inventive, increase understanding, think critically, become more adaptable, and therefore overall increase our intelligence.
However, there are many forces that are dumbing down human intelligence and reducing our ability to be perceptive, including particular forces of technology, media, various forms of education, government, as well as our own busy-ness, stress, and so on. To reverse this trend, the question we can ask ourselves is simply, “How can I increase my ability to be perceptive?”