Week 19 – “I Am”, part 2

Fundamentally, when we look at things a certain way with our eyes, we may see that human being are seperate from each other. It’s untrue. We’re all interconnected, we’re all one. Our minds respond to each other through thoughts and emotions. We can even alter a living system through our emotional state. This was put to the test in the movie.

In this universe, we participate. Whatever we do in it, will change it. Reality is a relationship between the parts of the universe. Not only are we human being connected with each other on a deep level, we are connected with all life forms.

air

David Suzuki: “Air is this thin layer around the planet that holds us together, that unites us, that links us to the past and the future as far as we get to see.”

1 percent of air is an element called Argon. Millions of argon atoms. It’s very possible that I’ve breathed the same air (and Argon) as Plato, Muhammad, JFK, ancient pharoahs, dinosaurs, etc.

Over 99% of our genes are identical to our nearest relatives; the great apes. Most of our genes are identical to those of our pets, to those of trees, fish, mammals and plants. They’re our relatives. This is a cause for celebration. Celebration for the air, water, sun, soil, energy that makes it possible for us to live.

It seems as though that science is catching on to all the intuitive spiritual ideas of ancient religions, native cultures and eastern traditions have understood all time. We’re moving from a more Newtonian world into a world where we can give scientific acceptance to spirituality.

We’re not robots made out of meat. We’re not numbers or statistics, nor mechanical systems. We have virtues, values, feelings, spiritual connections, and emotional influence over others. It’s the reason why we feel the urge to help someone up when we witness that same person fall in front of us.

We’re not alone. The whole is greater that the sum of the parts. We’re part of that greater whole. All of nature, all of humanity is our family. This narrative is not new. With all the technology we have today, everything is starting to dove-tail together. As major events continue to transpire around the global, we become more aware of our growth, meaning that we’re realizing that we’re connected; not separate.

We’re acting upon a consciousness that’s grasped a large number of people across the earth. Our attitudes have shifted and changed. We’re starting to realize that we are all one. Bringing the best out of each other.

Howard Zinn: “Everyday acts and small acts can build up over time into a great movement.”

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Desmond Tutu: “…and we have a coalition with this movement, and it overcomes apartheid.”

What civilizations throughout history have figured out, in order to live with each other balanced and peaceful, was that the idea that accumulating private property beyond your needs was considered a mental illness.

I’m thrilled to see the masses of people standing up for their freedoms. Standing up for the rights of others. Assisting in giving others food, shelter, clothes.

Are we participating in a vision that is benefiting the world or destroying the world?

Do we share the bounty we hunted equally with the members of the tribe?
Do we keep the bounty for ourselves?
Do we teach others how to hunt for their bounty?
Do we teach others to share the bounty that we catch?

These are all important questions we can ask ourselves. But an even more important question is this:
Do we have more than what we need?

Nature has a fundamental law and that is that it never takes more than it needs. Nothing in nature takes more than it needs. If it does, it dies off. In nature, all life forms are cooperatives. A mighty oak doesn’t take more than it needs; just enough to grow. A lion doesn’t kill all gazelle; just one.

When a body takes more than it’s share, its balance gets out of wack. Imagine if someone decides to eat 5 lbs. of raw salmon at once. This could render him very ill.

From our very humble beginnings we’ve been indoctrinated to beat the competition, become #1, win at all costs, accumulate riches, trust noone or whatever it is that instills a message of separation. The ones that taught us this thinking and behavior are well-meaning, but they don’t know it’s part of the cancer in this world. We need the opposite. Helping our fellow man.

“Harder still it has proved to rule the dragon Money… A whole generation adopted false principles, and went to their graves in the belief that they were enriching the country the were impoverishing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s not easy to live in a society where it’s “every man for himself.” One can either allow these people to destroy him, he can run away, he can become them or he can heal them from their mental illness.

When people are at war, others should feel pain. Fundamentally, we are not born violent, competitive, vengeful or anything like that. Therefore, war isn’t inspired by some form of an innate need.

2 time Medal of Honor winner Smedley Darlington Butler once said: “War is a racket.”
Sometimes, it hurts me to see today’s politically globalized world, where there are still many bureaucrats in governments favoring war against other sovereign countries, backed by their mainstream media outlets, just to serve their corporate special interests.

I pray the people from Europe would stop the EU warmongers from trying to instigate new wars in the Middle East. Violence is not the only way. In the name of Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, show some love.

“Love your enemies,
Bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which dispitefully use you.”
– Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:44)

Racist people, war criminals, tyrannical oligarchs; they’re all damaged human beings. They can be healed before they damage others. By showing and spreading love together, we can give them the chance to become fully human before they become evil.

“It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful.
The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things.”
– St. Francis of Assisi

According to the Dalai Lama, the most important meditation to do is “critical thinking followed by action.” To define your world and find out where your talents can fit to make the world better. Every once of us has to do something we’re very passionate about, otherwise other people won’t be inspired to do it with us.

We can all change the world for the better with just a tiny act of kindness. Whether it’s a smile, or some kind words, a little assistance or a donation, it doesn’t matter as long as it shows that you care.

The power of one.

It takes individuals to be highly passionate and to galvinize others. Changes start off slowly and as people continue to do acts of random kindness, they will feel it in the air. It’s authentic. The love grows by leaps and bounds. It all start with using your power of one.

Tom sold his Pasadena estate, stopped flying privately, started riding his bike to work, began teaching at a local college and moved to a mobile home community in North Malibu.

Desmond Tutu: “God says: “I don’t have anybody else, except you.””

This movie began with Tom asking what’s wrong with the world, and he ended up discovering what’s right with it. Shadyac: “The science of connection and unity. The universal nature of compassion and empathy. The mystery and magic of the human heart.”

Author G.K. Chesterton once answered that same question with: “I Am.”

Shadyac further explains what Howard Zinn said: “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” It’s true. None of us are neutral. We all make a positive or a negative difference by what we do and we don’t do. The moving train today is still hunger, human rights, war and the devastation of the natural world. There’s another moving train though. It’s the new world that’s being born.

Talk to your enemies. Inspire your youth. Fight for peace. Fight against poverty. Cooperate with people. Pray.
And be the change that you seek!

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Love,

Mohammed Al Rubaiy

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Week 19 – “I Am”, part 1

I Am (2010)

A story about a highly successful film director by the name of Tom Shadyac who turned his life around for the greater good.

Tom has directed some of my all-time favorite Jim Carrey movies; Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty (“Hi Ho Silver, Awaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!”); then a sequel starring Steve Carrell; Evan Almighty; and back in ‘96 he directed the very funny Eddie Murphy classic The Nutty Professor.

Shadyac had a very materialistic lifestyle; big mansion in Pasadena, CA along with multiple real-estate properties, cars, private jets, extravagant parties and so forth. During the aftermath of an ugly bicycle accident, he suffered a head injury along with post-concussion syndrome. Following months of what he dubbed “torture” and a great deal of depression, he “welcomed death”.

Shadyac depressed

But then he experienced a life-changing moment of clarity. “If I was indeed going to die…”, he asked himself, “…what would I say before I went?”.

A BFO (Brilliant Flash of the Obvious)

He continued: “It became very simple and very clear. I wanted to tell people what I had come to know. And what I had come to know was that the world I was living in was a lie and the game I had won at, which I thought would help heal the world, might very well be what was destroying it.”

Tom takes us through his journey, in search for answers to two questions:
1. What is wrong with the world?
2. What can we do about it?

He interviews a plethora of the world’s well-known significant minds; authors, historians, journalists, religious leaders, scientists, professors, philosophers etc. including Noam Chomsky the late Howard Zinn.

Shadyac interviewing

An inconvenient truth

As he’s speaking to these intellectuals, he bring up some of the world’s recurring events, like war and poverty. He suspects that there’s a “poison underneath” these problems and asks if there’s a fundamental “endemic” problem that causes all the other problems on the planet.

Lynne McTaggart explains that “science is just a story”. Most people know that there once was a mantra – claimed to be a scientific “fact” before 1500 A.D. – that the Earth was flat. Everybody knows how that turned out to be.

Our current story – now approx. 300 years old – describes two parts:
– a very reliable and well-behaved universe where separate objects operate according to fixed laws in time and space (think Newton); and
– a process of competition for survival (as described by Darwin).

Put these together and you have the world of today. I remember in the good ol’ biology classes of my teenage days in ‘06-‘07 that we are “separate” human beings, functioning in a specific, mechanical manner. That we are the result of competition. Remember this?
“It’s the survival of the fittest! There’s a struggle for life!”

Back to the movie. Our schools, business community, towns, cities are all based on the notion of separation and the idea of being “better than someone else.”

What are you wearing in that selfie?

Noam Chomsky among others says that our feeling of self-centeredness and singularity isolates us, while making us passive and highly consuming.

A fundamental marketing message in the U.S. (and most of the world’s countries) is that riches and wealth are equivalent. A good example was a commercial I saw yesterday about the latest Honda CR-V.

I can imagine Mark and Davene being totally happy with their current Honda.

We find ourselves asking what the connection is between wealth and happiness. Most people have been programmed to subconsciously believe that wealth makes up happy. Now, I do agree that a certain spike in one’s income can definitely make him happier (given that he acquires everything he needs in his life that makes a difference). But let’s say that someone is earning $3 million dollars in 2014 and has more than he could ever handle. Will he be completely unhappy if he made $2 million the next year?

Desmond Tutu: “Wealth actually does not – in and of itself – give you the contentment you thought you would have.”

Loneliness is a problematic occurrence. The sense of communal tendency is lost while the notion of self-interest is kept in high regard. (This is the reason why I’m changing my Definite Major Purpose and Press Release.)

I love Paris! Phenomenal place for sightseeing and vacationing. But I’ve yet to meet a stranger say “salut” back at me in the streets over there. Same goes for Amsterdam (although we say: “hoi”).

“All wars stem from the comforts of the body” – Plato.

We always try to veer away from unpleasantness (NARC). We always try to decorate ourselves, so we need more stuff. This fundamentally leads to atrocities like war. It’s the reason why I didn’t grow up past the age of 7 in Iraq (getting smacked in the hands by a ruler every time I’m naughty at school). Holland is beautiful though.

Anyway, I’m digressing…

Ever heard of “repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it”? Combine that with Ivan Boesky’s statement that “greed is good” and you’ll start asking yourself why people can’t emphatically deny that. It’s because greed has been knockin’ at the door, knockin’ at the door of the masses, incrementally setting up the Old Blueprint of their subby for decades.

Daniel Quinn: “If there are still people here in 200 years, they would not be living the way we live. They would not be thinking the way we think. The world-shaking changes, they’re either going to come, or we’re going to become extinct.”

Human kind’s basic nature

Are we greedy, aggressive, violent, reckless, competitive creatures wreaking havoc on the planet and each other?

Or are we loving, compassionate, kind, peaceful, empathetic and cooperative?

Thom Hartmann: “The question that’s before us is: Is the essential nature of humans to cooperate or to dominate?”

Aboriginals value cooperation the most, competition the least; whereas people in a corporate society value competition the most, cooperation the least.

The basis of our nature is cooperation. You see it in deer herding, you see in schools of fish, you see it in penguins marching. This brings us back to Darwin. In The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871), he only mentioned “survival of the fittest” twice. He mentioned “love” 95 times. Main themes in his writings were conciliation, cooperation, the Golden Rule, the great religious ideals and the greater good. The themes of “Darwin’s Bulldog” (Thomas Henry Huxley) on the other hand were much more melancholic. His views were that the natural world was an anarchy of the strong treading the weak.

It’s important to understand that the world is made out of both competitiveness and cooperation. You have your Muhammad Ali’s and your Martin Luther Kings. You have selfishness and selflessness.

When you look at our evolution as a species, we’re not bodily enhanced like our primate relatives. What we possess is the ability to cooperate with and to take care of one another. Darwin said: “Sympathy is the strongest instinct of human nature.” Unfortunately, this message has been ignored by the ones who many him popular.

act of kindness

“We are. Because, we belong.”  

We are not born with greed. Without any sense of community, there would’ve been no way humankind existed this long. The reason why I’m this Earth is because of a community of two people. The reason why I can speak Arabic is because I learned it directly from other people. We all belong with each other. Even though that’s beaten out of us, but solitary living is something no one fundamentally seeks.

Science has shown why we are wired to be empathetic with other people. My mother is the most empathetic person I know. Whenever a fellow human being – be it a family member or a stranger from another country – is in agony or suffering – whether on the phone or on TV – she breaks down crying. This domino’s over to me and I get emotional. Next thing you know we’re all feeling the same pain, without touching anybody physically.

We’re hardwired for a compassionate response to the trouble of other people. It’s the reason why we ask someone if he’s okay just after falling on the ground hard.

Dacher Keltner: “All you have to do is hear a tale of an act of goodness and you get this emotion. What an amazing piece of human nature, to have that emotion that makes us connect to the community.”

It sure is. I’m proud to be part of the Mastermind Alliance group doing random acts of kindness every single day. We’re born to do this. Born to be respectful to each other, born to see each other as the same, born to see each other as individuals, born to be whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, caring and harmonious.

At the beginning of this course, I’ve learned a lot about authentic service. What it means, what it brings. Tutu shares his knowledge: “Now and again, when we have served others, we actually discover a deep contentment – you can even say almost an ecstasy – that’s absent from the opposite.” Holy network marketing! It made me think about this:

Tom aks father Richard Shadyac – who dedicated most of his life to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helping with free treatment of kids with cancer – why the idea of “love thy neighbor” doesn’t spread. Richard tells him about the tragic difference of people in a church and those same people on the street. In the church they would embrace each other love each other unconditionally. Outside the church they wouldn’t. When asked about that same love and compassion spreading outside the church and into the world, he responds: “I think it’s a wonderful utopian dream, but I don’t really see the reality of it. I just don’t see the reality of it – knowing man, knowing man.”

Why is it that unconditional love and compassion in our everyday private lives, business lives, nightlives has turned into a utopian dream?

“Have we misunderstood human nature?”, Tom wonders.

I heart you

He travels to Institute of HeartMath, a facility that studies the human heart, where we discover some interesting information.

Rollin McCraty: “The medical paradigm of our last 30 years has been: “The body’s here for the brain to train around and the brain’s in control of the body.” Really not that way. 90-95% of the nerves are securing information from the body to the brain, not from the brain to the body. So in reality the heart sends far more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart.”

This confirms Amy Cuddy’s message in here:

Marc Ian Barasch: “In a sense, the heart is the boss of us.”

McCraty: “You can think of the heart as a carrier signal. Well, as it turned out, the emotions are modulating the heart signal.”

The gentlemen go on to say that we do all positive things in life because it affects our physiology. In other words: it makes us feel good.

“It’s the optimal state.”

On the other hand, if our heart is sending in negative signals and messages, that literally inhibits our thought process. We “flip out”, lose our “cool” and begin to act irrational. That’s why we should always greet our days with love in our hearts.

And do 2 mins. of Wonder Woman posing…

wwnew

We just flat-out think and perform better in all aspects of our life when we feel happy.

Barasch: “In every traditional culture, the heart is considered the center of the self, not the brain.”

McCraty: “The heart, when it beats, it generates a large electromagnetic field, so that field generated by the heart radiates external to the body.”

Basically what’s being described here is that our heart beats can literally be measured and detected by the brains of other people. Not only that, but this connection can cause a certain person to feel in a certain way. If we feel loving, he/she will feel love.

According to McCraty, these studies have confirmed what the great ancient philosophies and religions have been saying; that the heart really is the primary assess point to what one can call your “spirit” or “higher self”.

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Stay tuned for part 2.

Mohammed Al Rubaiy

Week 18 – Give Thanks to Everything?

As-salam alaykum.

Back from Germany. Had a wonderful time at the family. And I’m thankful!

Time for another Master Key post.

Forging self-confidence and activating our own individuality, kicking ourselves out of the nest and forging leadership, we the Master Key participants are diligently working on awakening the magnificent spirit within us. Last week that spirit has been called to action. It embarked on a journey. We developed courage as we experienced a wild rollercoaster ride the past months, going through so many different materials to read and exercizes to do. The growing pains were definately felt. We grew into becoming self-directed thinkers. Most of our attitudes have changed, we see the light of the world every day and we share our stories weekly to you.

It is habit, not knowledge, that determines our actions.

To become the Greatest Salesman in the World, we have to make the toughest sale in the world: changing people’s minds.
It begins with “selling” ourselves on us, which means we believe in ourselves so much and become so certain in helping other people, that the people we talk to naturally believe us.

Do we keep our word?
Do we keep our promises?

It’s not about achievement levels, but us authentically believing in ourselves, and being in service to others will be effortless.

It’s an old saying that improving the lives of those around us creates that masterpiece in us.

I just had a fierce argument with somebody, ending up with me winning it. Normally I’d be agitated about someone talking complete nonsense, but this time it was different.

I gave thanks!

I thanked her for talking to me. I told her: “Hey thanks for talking to me. Forget about what happened, alright. Let’s just move on. We friends again?”
She said: “Yeah!”

See, an opposite scenario would be for me to escalate the situation where it could’ve gone ugly.

Give thanks in everything. Gratitude is a cause not an effect. It develops faith in you and others and eliminates fear.

Give thanks to everything and the flow of divine ideas will flow onto you, resentment will dissipate and light will shine.

It is habit, not knowledge, that determines our actions. Develop the habit of thanks.

Give thanks to good and bad. Beautiful and ugly.

Keep giving. Keep growing.

Shukran.

Mohammed Al Rubaiy

Week 17HJ – Augmenting the Miracle

In week 17HJ, me and my fellow Master Key hero’s were called to adventure. Our herald Mark J asked us to move from the lives that we know and step into the unknown. This is called the Hero’s Journey. Throughout the past months we’ve developed enough courage to cross this threshold. We’ve fought many battles with our Old Blueprint trying to set us up for failure. Now we have another choice to make… and we’ve come too far to even consider quitting!

This will not be easy. There will be many distractions, temptations, challenges, forks in the road and trials and tribulations along the way. I’m feeling pretty anxious, but excited to enter MY new world!

As we move in and progress, we amplify our Definite Major Purpose, we steer ourselves in the right direction to meet it and we strengthen our abilities ever so greatly, as our infinite potential gets tapped. Through the guidance of Emerson, Haanel, Mandino and our mentor Mark J, we fight against our old habits, we grow from our mistakes, we give our all, we develop a New Blueprint and we return to our own world transformed as hero’s!

We form good habits. We greet each day with love in our hearts. We persist until we succeed to win. We are rare and valuable. We are nature’s greatest miracle. We are whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy. And, we always keep our promises!

We have the greatest mechanism in the world: our brain. We are creative. This is our miracle. It’s time for us to augment the miracle we were born with starting right now! Like Aimee Mullens.

We too can live in our imagination. We too can substitute fear with curiosity. This way we can embrace our challenges as opportunities and create a whole new consciousness. 

Believe,

Mohammed Al Rubaiy