Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Learning to move past one's mental illusions

The barriers to happiness that many people face at present stem from the insistence that many have to live in the reflection of their mental illusions. Often, people view their lives as entrenched in countless problems that need to be solved in order to be happy.

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This pursuit of a perceived better state, however, is the same thing that makes life difficult for many individuals. The problems and the sought-after solutions are both mere illusions of the mind, and if a person does not learn to be happy in the present fleeting moment, then true happiness will forever remain out of reach.

According to Tilak Fernando, people need to realize and accept that life is a set of impermanent moments that are already full of sweetness, lightness, and simplicity. A life of happiness is already available to everyone and there is no need to “fix” one’s life. It is the act of moving and being busy all the time that distracts people from the happiness that is already within their grasp.

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However, this simple truth is difficult to accept for many. People have gotten used to the way they’ve lived their lives, and their justifications for their existences can become unnecessarily constricting.

The chains that bind people to a life far from true happiness are all within their minds, and courage is necessary for them to break free. It is not comfortable to step out of the boundaries that people have set for themselves, but when they cultivate a sense of fearlessness and adventure, they can also begin to liberate themselves from their own false notions.

Happiness does not lie only at the end of a difficult journey, it is already within people, and they merely have to re-connect with the flow of life and accept it.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

The eternal battle between the ego and the higher self



The decision-making process is complicated. Perhaps so much so that learning how to do it in the mature manner takes years, or even decades, to master. Even with the simplest decisions, given the least number of possible choices, the process remains convoluted, especially considering man’s psychology.


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Most of the time, it’s a grapple between one’s ego and higher self.

Tilak Fernando recognizes this phenomenon, stating that even our identities of “Higher Self” and “Pure Consciousness” still lie within the boundaries of a glorified image of our own ego. The contrasting characters of both aspects of the personality always get in the way of seamless action.

The “higher self,” always omniscient, seeks to do things the most ideal way possible. It is in direct contact with “Source,” the spring of wisdom and the source of available knowledge. The “ego,” however, always pragmatic, always seeks to reason out with the higher self. It is in direct contact with reality—every empirical factor affecting the situation that may not complement the facts presented by the higher self.


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These two never agree on anything. Sometimes, their clash may become so monumental that they can be a cause of great delay for a certain action to happen. In spite of this, their constant disagreement plays an important factor in ensuring that decisions are well thought of and not rash. Check and balance is key … because one can never go wrong in listening to both sides of the situation.


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For over four decades, Tilak Fernando’s work has been changing the lives of many people. Through seminars, retreats, and individual sessions, Mr. Tilak touches minds, hearts, and spirits so that people will be more open to the experiences that make life worth living.

Get to know more about Tilak’s ministry by visiting his official website.