The things that matter

Imagine being on your deathbed, having an inch of life left in this world and coming to the sudden nauseating realisation that you had lived your life not for yourself but for everyone else but yourself.

All that matters, all that is essential in this life is:

  1. Worshiping God sincerely
  2. Making the people that raised you feel respected, honoured, happy and proud
  3. Making your inner child joyful

These are the three things that matter most in this life- in that order.

Looking at number three specifically, whenever you have that niggling thought: “what would people think” use your inner child as your litmus test. The one question to ask is “will this or will this not make my inner child happy?”. If yes and it does not compromise the first two points on the list I outlined… do it. If no… do not do it.

You must absolutely live for your inner child. Is he or she happy? Is he or she proud of you are and who you have become? Are you feeding him or her the carefree joy that they are craving?

Forget the people. Heal your child. Live to meet the needs of your child and not the expectations of people. This life is a stage and sooner or later the sun will set on this act. Your act.

What an unfortunate way to go… not having done what truly made your inner child joyful.

These are just some thought that I’ve been reflecting on. If you take anything away from this stop waiting to live and start living NOW. You always wanted to study fine art to feed your inner child’s curiosity? Do it. Always wanted to be outdoorsy or relocate to a coastal city or grow a garden or connect with that person you find fascinating? Do it.

This is your life. The only actors in this play are you and your inner child. You are the person that pays the bills and takes on responsibility. Your inner child is the one itching to live.

Please do not live like a shadow and please take up space. There is absolutely nothing to fear. The people do not live in your world, they are not actors in this play. Only you and your inner child are…

Be the architect of your life and make room for those two actors to thrive in harmony. The play is yours and yours alone. Your world is yours and yours alone and only you have the power to build it. No one else should matter…

Think of yourself as the only person on this planet and start living like no one is looking🌱.

Peace and blessings,

– A Soulscape

Re-programming the mind

Did you know that you have been programmed? Whether this was through your parents, your environment, the company you keep, traumatic experiences…your mind has been conditioned to think the way it does.

Half of the work in becoming who you want to be, who you truly are, is realising you have been programmed. Realising the beliefs you hold, the limits on what you can and can’t achieve, your base assumptions and how you feel about yourself are most likely inputs from the external. This is half the work. To realise the extent of the brainwash.

The other half is to begin the journey to undo this. Repetition is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal. Just as the external programmed your mind to repeat in its incessant chatter the beliefs that others taught you to hold true, you must now replace all this old data with the data of your choice. This is where the power lies. Through repetition every day without fail you can counter the bombardment of thoughts and replace old data with new data you have selected.

1.) One way I do this is through using the app think up. It allows you to create different playlists of affirmations, record them in your own voice and play them on a loop. You can create a playlist for self confidence, weight loss, self love, health, gratitude, recovery from mental illness, stress relief, mental toughness, money, motivation, love, insomnia, abundance, studies… you name it. It’s all there. This is the new data which regularly repeated on a loop will reprogram the mind. You can listen in the gym, in the shower, on your commute to work, on a walk, when running errands. You can have specific playlists for different times of the day and to make a routine out of. Morning and evening. This is absolutely powerful and will shift the horizons of what you believe to possible. If you take anything from this post, invest in the app and use it with intentionality on a consistent basis to replace old programming with new programming you have selected.

2.) A second way I do this is through meditation. I have a morning and evening routine of meditations for specific issues I wish to work on as well as for beliefs I allowed the external to imprint in my mind which I have found difficult to shake off. No matter what is happening, no matter how you feel, begin your day with meditation. You can listen to several quick meditations in the morning for issues such as inner child healing, self love, etc and several before you sleep. This way you prop your morning and evening up with the thoughts you want to wake up to and the thoughts you want to fall asleep to. It doesn’t have to be difficult. You can meditate in bed- as soon as you wake up in the morning and just before sleep at night. This ultimately counters any programming such as negative encounters and interactions that may have taken place form the external while you were going about your day.

3.) Number three is the final and most important. You have to learn to choose what you want to interact with during the day. This is because anything has the potential to cause trauma and thus programming large and small. If you are in an environment that is consistently hostile – find a way to leave. If you have friends who frequently make snide remarks are disrespectful and do not bring positive energy- leave. This is not because you are weak but because this has the potential to programme your mind and your mind is all you have. Your mind is your prize, your gift and will determine just how spectacular you want your life to be and how unstoppable a force you wish to become. Recognising the avenues which have the potential to programme your mind is like constructing a dam in all the departments of your life you don’t want poisonous water to reach you. In this way it serves as prevention where the cure for the harmful water that does reach you is what I have outlined in points one and two. In circumstances where you are unable to leave you must create a habit of grounding yourself back into your own mind after the harm has been in your proximity. This grounding is up to you to establish. It can be deep breathing, taking a beak, creating a new present moment. Anything you wish. Recognise that harm can come in the form of traumatic news, negative company, a hostile co worker, disrespectful emails. If you do not act this has the possibility to program a belief that until that moment you did not hold. The mind is your garden and you absolutely need to control what and who has access to it as well as the potential for it to be influenced.

If you implement these three things your life will 100% change for the better and peace will descend into your mind body and soul. To read more about the mind and programming you can follow the work of Dr Joe Dispenza who has extensively elaborated on this topic.

Peace and blessings… and remember to never stop seeing the beauty in everything…

~A Soulscape

Pt 2. The Truman Show: A Letter to the Distracted Traveler

If you have watched the film The Truman Show you will have observed that all the actors in the life of Truman observed a specific unwavering routine. A certain driver in a car would pass, he would greet the same neighbours at the same time every day. Every eventuality in every day of his life would occur on time. This dance would transpire until the penny dropped in Truman’s mind that his life had been meticulously orchestrated. It was too perfect.

Have you realised dear reader, that you are Truman and your life is not yours?

Every night through the centuries desert dwellers have seen through the light of the stars. Century after century. They have passed now, but the stars continue to loyally observe their purpose. For you; and your children; and your children’s children. If you wake up at the crack of dawn the chorus of the birds begin, day in day out. At sunset the birds flock together and migrate only to repeat the sequence of events the following morning. They do not waver. Again the birds submit to and observe their purpose…right on schedule.

The earth has remained turning for millenia day in day out, darkness to light, light to darkness and repeat. Accommodating your sleep. Accommodating your body clock. Your heart beats without fail and the body grows in stages: held upright while most of us don’t even know the names of the structures and nerves that allow for this to occur. There is power in naming. We have no power because we cannot even name the substances that comprise and sustain us. The body is not ours therefore.

Every 150 years the earth’s population is renewed like wheat in a harvest without delay or question. The planets are kept in loyal orbit and the seasons elapse month after month. Year after year. The human is suspended in the womb and birthed into the world: there is only one way in. And similarly the human must one day leave the earth: there is only one way out. These doorways, entries and exists are a fact of your time here. Year in year out everyone of us passes through both doors. The seed sprouts; the plant one day wilts. Day in day out. The routine is concrete and unwavering. Like the routine Truman observes. Too perfect.

These are certainties that we simultaneously know and don’t know. The mind knows it but you have not thought on it via your innermost core / pure intellect (lubb). These certainties occur without disruption whether or not you realise what is happening.

Traveller, these certainties elapse in your life and you wade through existence absentmindedly immersed in one form of entertainment only to seek out and latch onto another. You are Truman and the penny has not yet dropped. And most will never hear the penny clattering to the ground. Think to yourself as Truman did “what is really happening here?” then crack the code and allow your eyes to pierce through a tapestry of shadows.

The universe exists because you do. It is there to accommodate you. It is at your service because it was created to sustain you for a brief moment of Divine observation before you are sorted and allocated to your actual life.

Today wake up, take action and see into the world through the eyes of your heart….

Peace and Blessings, A Soulscape

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Purification of the heart

“Imam Mawlud says that seeking refuge with God is the most efficacious treatment for all diseases of the heart. Sidi ibn Ashir says “The only real cure for all these diseases is to go to God with complete unconditional imploring”. What is meant here is urgently seeking refuge in God’s protection and guidance, to seek this as if one were holding onto a thread over a canyon. It is begging, which before God is honourable…Imam Mawlud says that one should be like a person drowning in the sea or stranded in a desert without any provision. A moment of desperation can often be the best thing that ever happens to a person.” – Hamza Yusuf

“If a person is worried about how others may receive him, then he is not aligned with reality”.

Purification of the heart, Imam al-Mawlid trans. Hamza Yusuf

On emptiness…Secrets of Divine Love by A Helwa

“Allah is As-Samad which does not just mean “self-sufficient” but comes from a root that means “solid, impenetrable, non-hollow.” Allah is the One with no holes, no parts, no separation. Where Allah is metaphorically whole, we are nothing but holes. We are made from atoms, which are 99.99999 percent made of empty space. In essence, when we reach for anything in existence other than Allah, we are reaching for emptiness.

A. Helwa, Secrets of Divine Love

A blessed Du’a (prayer) from the Prophet (pbuh)

“I seek refuge in the light of Your face by which
all darkness is dispelled and both this life and the life to come
are put in their right course against incurring your wrath
or being the subject of your anger.
To You I submit,
until I earn Your pleasure.
Everything is powerless without your support.”

– Translation from theidealmuslimman.com