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Observations On The Road To Spiritual Freedom And Ultimate Success

Finding your true purpose is one of the most important things you can do for
yourself. It will bring you freedom, happiness and dissolve your fears of the
unknown. Unfortunately, too many of us spend a lifetime never finding the elusive
holy grail.

Once you get the real truth about your authentic self though, you will have found
the nucleus around which inner peace, balance and purpose revolve. It is the sweet
spot from which strength, determination, passion and creative talent and health

I could argue that it has never been more important than ever in our stressful
times of major change to find your inner light. The changes the world is
experiencing right now affect all of us. Each one of us is transcending old truths
and in the process emerging with new views of our reality. This process is often a
challenging one, as we can observe from the increased volatility in the stock and
commodity markets which is also reflected in the extremity of mood swings we can
observe in so many of us.

I have said many a time before that no one can escape the evolutionary process of
our existence; at least not in our present reality. Our evolution is an ongoing
process that is with us all the time, yet for the most part we are unaware of it,
because our view of reality is still dominated by the assumption that there are
fixed outside parameters that dictate our fortunes. We are so preoccupied with our
outside world, seeing just the surface of what is happening that we miss the
additional dimensions of our existence.

When chaos, which inevitably precedes all big shifts, or changes takes hold of us,
instead of fearfully hanging on to the old, as we are accustomed to from old
conditioning, we should allow this very fear of the unknown to be our new
inspiration. Rather like a catapult that frees us from old encumbrances and sets
the stage for a new, exciting world to explore.

With every evolutionary shift the old rules we have made for ourselves and our
world are gradually becoming obsolete. Our operating systems are demanding a
broader more enlightened vista. The cosmos always demands its birthright; it has
to evolve to the next level.

This process, which we experience as unnerving chaos in our internal world as well
as externally all around us is a natural phenomenon which is necessary in order to
allow you and I to evolve as human being. Indeed, chaos in our world is a
necessary ingredient assisting the entire universe to evolve.

Contrary to commonly held beliefs there never is a disaster out there which we
must meet with fear and resistance and fight in order to survive.
Quite on the contrary: When we react to our outside world through the lens of our
conditioning, judgment and our very limited perspectives we miss the all important
universal laws which govern our realities as human beings. They have always been
there and always will be there, yet we have been missing them because of our
sheltered views of our existence.

We lose sight of the fact that we are all part of the same universal stuff and
part of the whole that makes up our being at any stage of our development.

Whenever we react out of fear and are in judgement from our limited, old
conditioning and are immersed in this particular state of being we are separating
ourselves from the universe. Indeed, we are separating ourselves from our very
nature, which is in essence to be one with the cosmos.

Put in other words: We are going against the natural forces of life. In fact, we
are fighting against ourselves, literally attacking our own being with fear,
anger, resentment, resistance and self denial.

I could also say that we are destroying the very thing we want to save, our
authentic selves. This is a human pattern, and it happens over and over again for
most of us, simply because we have a totally misguided view of our ultimate
reality and how the cosmic forces of which we are an integral part, do work.

Once you understand how the universe works and that you are an inextricable and
integral part of this universe you will not only realise that many of your actions
are insane, but you will also realise that your ignorance is causing you
unnecessary hardship which could easily be avoided.

You may even begin to see and understand that the increasing chaos in our world is
a natural consequence of our collective misunderstanding and misinterpretation of
universal laws. This is simply, because instead of letting go of the old
misconceptions many of us are doing everything possible to hold on to our safe,
old world views; thus unwittingly conspiring with the forces that are stopping our
evolutionary progress.

So, how can you possibly find your true purpose in amongst all that mental
confusion? We have been conditioned to believe that we should identify with the
templates society puts on us. The way we view ourselves has not changed for
hundreds of years. The only thing that has changed is superficial parameters.

We still look to the outside world in order to find peace within the inside. This
old concept is undergoing a huge shift. This shift, as I mentioned earlier is
affecting every one of you, whether you are aware of it or not, it still is
happening. Each and everyone of us experiences it in different ways in line with
our individual level of cognitive development.

Gradually the realisation is dawning on more and more people that our hitherto
flawed concept of who we really are and how we should be living in this world is
actually holding us back, causing wars, illness and many other unnecessary

We are but a tiny part of the larger whole. Does it not make sense that we began
to accept this all pervasive truth and started looking at our lives with that
truth in mind and started learning and accepting what the old wisdom traditions
have been teaching for millennia? Scientists too have been proving the old
teachings for the last 100 years or so. Isn’t it time you and I took notice and
waved good bye to the old, absolute concepts of our so called reality which are
still being peddled by the establishment and are causing us unnecessary hardship
in our emotional and physical well being.

Please consider embracing the "new" concepts, which after all, are hardly new.
There is nothing "new" in this life, just new experiences. The so called new
concepts are simply old wisdoms of harmony, balance and peaceful living viewed
through the lens of the 21st century.

The Buddha’s experience of enlightenment 2000 years ago will have been a very
different one from the person experiencing enlightenment in the 21st century.

You owe it to yourself to avail yourself of the many modern energy techniques
available now to improve your mental and physical wellness and thus invite
personal success independent from outside circumstances into your life.

As those of you who have read my articles will know my chosen and favourite
pursuit is trading stocks and commodities. Just imagine how much more you could
see of the markets if you could allow yourself to see and step beyond the common
creed and give yourself an advantage that may propel your life to new
unprecedented heights and new experiences expanding your cognitive awareness.
Naturally, I am not only talking about money here...

"To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders." (Chang Tsu)

Mercedes Oestermann van Essen is a human development coach and author specialising
in trading and investment psychology and manifestation techniques and integral
life principles. She has published many self help books to assist with money
issues, creative problem solving, procrastination and relationship issues. You can
view excerpts from her books on her web site: www.

Her latest book THE BUDDHIST TRADER is available on her web site.

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