Archive | May, 2010

Changes

30 May

Changes take place within us and around us every day of our lives; it’s an inevitable law of nature. Amidst this cycle of chaos, our ability to grasp the essence of what remains constant afford us a degree of serenity and stability. 

Take a step back and ask yourself, what remains same for me? It depends on which window we gaze through – often a window called ‘perception’. Continue reading

Know Not Me

28 May

You brought me forth into this world

With pain and joy which mingled

Like blood and water eventually the cord

Was cut, now separated and singled

You raised and fed and taught me all

The lessons that life had shown thee

Behind the flesh my spirit withdraw

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Podcast – Meeting of Mindz April ’10

24 May

I know, I know, it’s May (at the time of posting at least) so why do we have the April podcast released so late? Well truth be told it’s been tough trying to find a section of our talk that was “web worthy”. 

The crew met up at a wonderful restaurant called Vapiano where we held our first recorded podcast. As it was our first, it took some getting used to but we finally managed to get into the mood. Ambassador4X  recites a poem just before the meal ….. 

Meeting Of Mindz – Apr 2010 

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The Real Secret Ever Manifested

23 May

Prompted by Sentinel’s recent analysis of ‘The Secret’ (read here), I did a little research to qualify some of its extraordinary statements. Their website claims that the secret is quote “the most powerful law in the universe”. That it’s “the secret to prosperity, health, relationships and happiness”. For the sceptic, it even adds a sweetened hook, one that appears overtly blasphemous, claiming it’s “the secret to life”. To label this a myth and deception would be a gross understatement. 

Now we may not truly discern their scheme or the mystique behind the book/ film’s cult phenomenon but we’ll do well to realise the REAL SECRET that was made known two thousand years ago – the timeless, unblemished truth that is God’s gift to the world, His Son – Jesus Christ. 

This secret was revealed to ordinary shepherds in the land of Bethlehem and God is still revealing His secret to ordinary people from all walks of life today. Unlike Rhonda Byrne’s book, it is authoritative, for in Jesus we find “the way, the truth, and the life”. (John 14:6). Continue reading

The Secret We All Know

20 May

A few days ago a friend of mine carefully handed me a DVD in a manner that suggested that she was the first to discover fire and was now passing on the secret recipe. I had heard a lot about the life changing effects of this particular DVD and so drove home with a little more gusto than usual and after making some coco I jumped into the sofa, turned down the lights and got ready to watch THE SECRET.

No, The Secret is nothing sordid; it is a film / documentary released in 2006 by Rhonda Byrne. The Aussie screenwriter soon followed it up with what became a very successful novel of the same title. Soon she was writing more mini guides which aim to help people live “The Secret” on a daily basis. Over the next two years she milked the genre for all it was worth with more books, appearing on Radio, TV and in magazines where she told the world the formula for achieving their dreams – and all of it lay in “The Secret”.

So…what is this “Secret” then?

…and how did it capture the worlds imagination so much that it catapulted this woman from obscurity to (mini) celebrity? The DVD and books are quite long, so I will condense it for you. It basically says that human beings and [all forces in] the universe are made of energy and thus our thoughts have a direct correlation with not just ourselves, but with the very fabric of our existence. Our thoughts have a frequency, and, plainly put, what we think projects into the universe and the universe provides the means / mechanism by which we get that which our minds dwell upon. Everything that comes into our lives is only there because we have sent out the frequencies which attract them into our lives.

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The First Step…

20 May

He tried to hold it down
But they forced his hand
He tried to bide his time
But that didn’t suit their plans
“You’ve so much to say; so much to give young man!”
This he knows but this young man
Didn’t think it was time to expose what he knows he can
Truth is – he is bound
Bound by the fear that they don’t really want to hear
What goes on his inner interior?
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Voice for the Voiceless

19 May

I recently came across these rather poignant verses of Iris Chang, an American-Chinese journalist who wrote one of history’s only accounts of the forgotten atrocities of World War II – The Nanjing Massacre (1937). 

  

 “I’ll give voice to the voiceless 

 Silenced for too long 

Crying out for justice 

Trust me with your pain 

I’ll take it as my own 

I’ll fight to get the truth told 

My weapon is my word.” 

  

In a period of six weeks following the capture of the city of Nanjing (the former capital of the Republic of China), between 20- 80,000 women were raped and hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians were killed by the Imperial Japanese Army. Continue reading

Lest We Forget – May 2009

18 May

Tamils all over the world mark today, May 18th, as a Day of Remembrance, in memory of the thousands who perished in the war waged by the Sri Lankan state against the people of Tamil Eelam. 

A ‘war without witness’ in which as many as 40,000 Tamils were indiscriminately massacred in May last year and which left over 280,000 incarcerated in ‘concentration camps’ in North-East Sri Lanka. Continue reading

15 Smart Rules for a Healthy Relationship

17 May

To add a dose of sense and sensibility to Sentinel’s ‘Guerrilla Dating Tactics’, here are 15 (chivalrous) ways to keep your relationship working. Of course, there is no shortcut to bliss, but this’ll serve you right in 90% of cases.

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Love is a battlefield – the (men’s) rules of engagement

16 May

I sat across the table from a young man who had brought up an interesting question. The boy could have been no older than 21 and had started his first “real” relationship two years ago. However he had recently met somebody else and was now seeking the advice of the rest of the table as to how he should make his mind up about which one to keep. A few heads on the table had turned to me when the question was brought up. Those heads belonged to friends of mine, both male and female, who knew I had created my own little set of principles which govern what to do in this particularly dangerous front in the battle of the sexes. They also knew that I relished opportunities like this one to educate the little ones. Continue reading