Education Issues

Discover Who We Are: We Aren’t Who We Think We Are

Ironically, one of the main things that keeps us from awakening to our true nature is knowledge. We think we know things, and knowing these things keeps us from being awake. Our belief that we have true knowledge keeps us caught up in our perceptions, labels, and opinions, making them appear as realities rather than the biased points of view they actually are. If truth is a matter of perspective, can we call it truth? If situations change depending on how we look at them and on who is doing the looking, can we really trust our judgments to be true knowledge?
Getting past the assumption that we have all the answers is the first step in moving toward a higher, more inclusive truth than the one we currently perceive. In the Far East, they call it neti neti. It means not this, not that. In Western cultures, we call it via negativa, which means a way of nothingness. It’s really about unlearning – letting go of all that we think we know and simply being – without bias or opinion.
People who succeed in releasing their assumptions see life as a passing of events and don’t get attached to anything. They witness events as they pass and don’t claim them, don’t identify with them. Try just observing events sometime, being part of them without becoming them. Experience them without saying, “This is mine,” or “This is who I am,” or “This is my event, this is affecting me.” Instead, attempt to just watch the events that occur. With that detached, witnessing perspective, you’ll find that life becomes much more quiet, much more peaceful, and much more enlightened.
In many ways, it’s like going to a movie. We watch the movie, we enjoy the movie, but we don’t become the movie. It doesn’t become our all-encompassing reality. We have fun observing the story, and yet we’re always aware of a larger truth outside the movie theater. What happens in the movie touches us, but the events don’t so overshadow our sense of who we are that we stand up shouting for joy when something good happens, or consider suicide when something bad happens. We know it’s just a story, just a film. We know that while we participate in it emotionally, on a deeper level we’re just a witness to the movie. It can’t reach into our core so deeply that we forget who we are and become the movie.
Try regarding the events that happen in your life the way you would look at a film. Rather than deeply identifying with everything that’s happening, simply witness the events. That doesn’t mean you don’t take action within your life, turning into an irresponsible or passive observer. It does mean, however, that part of you – the witnessing part, the I am awareness – wakes up and becomes conscious in you, right in the midst of your daily activities. When that happens, even your own actions and thoughts don’t absorb you completely – the greater part of you is always watching a story.
The value of this expanded life perspective is that life doesn’t hurt or overshadow us the way it used to do. Things can still sadden or bring us joy. On the other hand, nothing can shake the deep serenity that we have discovered within. It’s rather like wind, whipping up waves on a lake. Part of the lake – the surface part – is involved in all the drama and excitement of the storm, but the deepest part of the lake is forever unmoved. It remains still. Practice becoming conscious of the deepest part of your own nature, and you will find a stillness and peace that endures in the midst of all the turmoils of living.
Observe your thoughts when your mind chatter says things like “This is mine” or “I’m such-and-such.” Take your mind away from such thoughts to an awareness of your simple being. Witness the occurrences in your life, and experience them richly and fully without identifying with them, without becoming them.
Our minds so quickly want to identify with events: “Because I acted nicely toward that lady in the store, I must be a nice person.” Or “Because I was rude on the freeway when that man cut me off, I must be a rude person.” These are the illusions we’ve become trapped in. “I am” – the deepest part of us – is neither nice nor rude. It is beyond such polarities. It simply is – the consciousness at the root of all thoughts, actions, and experiences.
Let yourself just witness your behavior, both the positive and negative. Rather than identifying your actions as you, let them be. Allow yourself to experience life as a flow. Go with life, and release the labels. Instead of hanging onto the judgments, find your way to the bigness, to the is-ness. Do this by practicing neti neti, reminding yourself when you start to identify with something that is not your genuine identity: “I am not this, and I am not that. I just am.”
At your core, you are. You aren’t this and you aren’t that, because those things change. Anything that changes cannot be permanent. So identify with that which is permanent. And the only thing that is permanent is that which you are.
Identify with what you are. Identify with “beingness.” And you’ll find that all the labels – good and bad – fade away and fall off, so that you can experience the bliss of being in the here and now, all the time.
We can all get too attached to our opinions, our theories, and our interpretations of reality. What if you let them go and be like the sky? Opinions and thoughts are like clouds that come by, but the sky is beyond them. It is bigger than them. Instead, the sky is merely the backdrop upon which the action happens.
Think of yourself as the sky that is the backdrop to all the events of your life. But you are not those events. Step back from being the cloud and return to being the infinite sky, which you have always been and always will be, even though you’ve forgotten that. You’ve forgotten because you identify with all the different occurrences in your life. Let that go, and an expansive freedom will dawn, surprising you with joy.
We become attached to events, and that is why we suffer. When we lose the attachment, the suffering goes away, too. The mind constantly wants to dwell on events, things, people. Instead, just be with yourself; be the witness. Explore who you are, rather than constantly being distracted by everything else. Get back to the root of your own being. In that state of I am, all the false identification disappears. What you’ll be left with is the infinite reality of now.

Education Issues

The Word Knowledge ASVAB Test – What You Can Expect

If you’re about to take the ASVAB test, then it’s a good chance you’re considering joining the United States Armed Forces. The ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test consists of nine sections, which consist of subjects like arithmetic reasoning, mechanical comprehension, automotive and shop information, general science, paragraph comprehension and more. But it’s the word knowledge ASVAB portion of the test that typically gives potential recruits the most anxiety. If you are stressed out about taking the word portion of the test, relax. By understanding more about the ASVAB and the word portion of the test, you’ll be much more relaxed and worry free in the days leading up to test.
ASVAB Scoring
Before you start freaking out about the word knowledge ASVAB or about any other portion of the test, you should understand why the test is taken and what test scorers are primarily looking for. Just like the SAT test, the ASVAB is timed and is primarily offered at high schools and other learning institutions all throughout the country. The test is meant to determine where the potential recruit’s strengths would lie as far as military job training and placement are concerned. If you get high scores on the word knowledge ASVAB test, for instance, you may qualify to go into linguistics or some other language based field. Of course, you might score higher in math or science based fields, which could alter your results drastically. But you won’t know until you take the test.
The Dreaded Word Portion
Now that you understand more about the test, it’s time to get over the fear of the word knowledge ASVAB portion of the test. The questions you’re likely to encounter with this portion of the test might include something like:
1. A souvenir is a great way to remember your vacation once you arrive home.
A. sacrifice
B. Emblem
C. Memento
D. Symbol
In this case, C. Momento would be the right answer. So you see that you only need to brush up on your vocabulary to tackle this portion of the test, but you have eight other categories to worry about. You can’t just focus on one aspect of the test, hurriedly trying to memorize the dictionary for fear that they’ll throw a word at you that you don’t know. Your best bet is to just give the test everything you’ve got, including the word knowledge ASVAB. Your strengths will shine through, whether they’re in mechanical engineering, computers or some other field. You’ve just got to have faith that the test will reveal the career path you were meant to follow once you actually do enlist.

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New To Horse Betting? Not Anymore!

Has horse betting always been on your mind but you never went ahead with the idea as it involves a lot of risk? If yes, there is plenty of good news for you! The simple little secret, the brainchild of Art Robertson, race expert is here to help you. Horse betting is a fascinating vocation but unfortunately it is loaded with risk. Many betters in the past have and continue to lose more money than they can possibly win. That is because they don’t have a strategy in mind, even if they do it is based on sheer anticipation and nothing solid.
Art Robertson’s winning formula is however different. It has evolved and been refined after a lot of study, analysis and careful insight. In fact it has been personally tried and tested by the man himself! Betters who have used this formula have also gained a lot from it. Patrons who have made use of Art’s simple little secret exclaim that it is the best thing that has ever happened to them.
The formula for that matter has changed how horse betting is usually perceived. And now it is your chance too! For this you don’t have to be an avid better. You don’t need to possess any horse racing or horse betting knowledge whatsoever. All you have to do is simply download the formula for a very little fee and bet your way to glory. You will be astonished at the results you get. Quite literally it is going to blow your mind as you would have never imagined in your wildest dreams that you can make big money so fast!
Just like you many new betters have made use of the opportunity and today are all smiles! Now the spotlight is on you!

Education Issues

Lack of Professional Development Can Hurt Your Business

Imagine what it would be like if you were required to do all your paperwork with only the use of a quill pen, ink well and coal oil lamp. You probably would not like this as you know that there are far better tools to do the job.
But perhaps there are other areas of your business that you think you have the newest equipment and knowledge when you really are not up to date.
If you are so busy doing the work, without attending courses or doing research, you might actually be very much behind the times.
It is a rather sad, but at the same time funny thing to consider that my grandchildren think I am rather archaic because I still use email. They don’t usually even open theirs unless I sent them a text message or call them with a request that they check to see what I have sent them.
They would be shocked to meet the people who I know who don’t even know how to use email. Some people don’t even have a computer!
Well, you can be as determined (or stubborn) as you like, but the fact is that if you are not learning about the options that are available to you, chances are you are losing both time and energy every day.
Professional development is designed to help you develop knowledge, skills and abilities to improve your career and business. Most training is backed by the latest research and designed to offer you steps for implementation. Besides the formal learning, however, is the opportunity to learn from others who are in the group.
But professional development does not occur unless you make an effort to capture it.
Last night I flew home from four days in Calgary where I was studying to be a Parenting Coordinator. While waiting for the flight, I met a woman who I used to work with and she asked question after question about technology. She was trying to figure out what piece of equipment she should buy to take on her extensive travels. She wanted a light and easy to use device but did not seem to have any idea about the iPhone or how it might be useful for her.
It was interesting to watch her as she extended her training by asking the fellow in the next seat on the airplane for his advice. She had set up her own little professional development seminar and, because she was willing to ask the questions without embarrassment, she was learning – without charge.
When you do not have a good professional development plan your business could be hurt. Decades ago, this might occur slowly but today, with the rapid development of technology and research, you might find that it is only a few months and you will be far behind the competition.