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I’ve heard a few people refer to the acronym K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple (they say) Stupid, (but I prefer to say) Sweetheart.  I also like the adage “Less is more”.   Life is simple, our minds make it complicated!  It seems that our society is addicted to drama and perpetuates it with intricate ideas and practices.

Everyday life can be so complex.  Technology was supposed to make our life easier and it seems like just the opposite.  Sure I like having modern appliances but keeping up with the latest gadgets and how to use them can be exasperating.  I enjoy the internet for a variety of reasons but now I have to remember all these passwords and usernames to each of my online activities like Facebook, Craigslist, PayPal, online shopping sites, my Blog and more.  Meanwhile, I no longer use my memory for basic things like phone numbers or addresses.  I just press the name on my contact list to make my calls.  So if I were to lose my phone I wouldn’t be able to call anyone.  The same with addresses, now emailing has taken away that as well, so I wouldn’t know how to reach people in an emergency without these technologies.  These handy devices are causing our memory to atrophy.  GPS in the cars can be very helpful, but not if we become so dependent on them that we forget to rely on basic compass direction.  If the GPS told us to turn right and drive off a cliff, would we listen?  I know it’s taken me miles out of my way to many abandoned dirt roads.  We must retain our common sense in these matters.

Supermarkets are making it almost impossible for us to keep our sanity and feed our families healthy meals. One of the most complicated things I have to do these days is to go food shopping.  Boxes and boxes of stuff!  I sometimes get so stressed out imagining myself walking in and shopping that I have to meditate to calm myself down before such a venture.  Aisle after aisle of colorful packaging creating stress and confusion due to a plethora of choices.  If you’re health conscious like me you spend a lot of time scrutinizing the ingredient list making sure it doesn’t contain an assortment of harmful chemicals like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Aspartame, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Soy Lecithin and FrankenWheat.  Unfortunately it’s come to the point that companies don’t even have to list if they are using GMO’s, so we don’t even know if it’s bad or not.  I heard that some big superstore in the area is now selling GMO corn without disclosure.  Best advice I heard from a naturopathic doctor was to only eat whole foods and avoid anything that comes in a box.  I would add to that by saying grow a garden, then you’ll know exactly what you’re eating.

“Manifest plainness,

Embrace simplicity,

Reduce selfishness,

Have few desires.”

Lao Tzu

 

Life doesn’t have to be complicated and hard, we can choose the simple way to do things.  It would help if we could all learn how to get along with each other.  We need each other, things can get done a lot quicker and easier if more people worked together.

 

I propose that we let go of separatist thinking and unite in our communities and with all of humanity.  We have been taught to hate from a very young age–being told that certain nations and religions are our enemy.  Jesus came to point the way to righteous living by emphasizing two commandments that I think are simple and paramount–love God with all your heart and love your neighbor.  What the powers that be (the 1% Elite who currently run this world) don’t want you to know is that we are connected and what you do to others, you do to yourself.  They teach us to be divided based on men and women, gay or straight, christian or jew or muslim, wealthy or poor, republican or democrat.  They know the principle of divide and conquer.  If they can keep us all at odds with each other, they will maintain their power and control over us.  So the simple solution is to love and accept everyone on this planet.  Become a world wide community, decide to help each other in any way we can.  Together we are so much stronger than apart.

 

It’s been said that in the end times, deception would be rampant.  We must be vigilant to discern the truth.  I always know when information is right for me, if it gets all complicated and confusing I lose interest and reject it.  Yet if it’s basic and simple and plainly states the message then I relax and take it in.  That’s one way I discern on my spiritual path as well as my regular life.  Albert Einstein said, If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well enough.  I’d go even further to state that institutions like our Judicial System and the IRS go out of their way to make the information complicated– that way you are unable to defend yourself without having to hire lawyers and accountants to decipher all the rhetoric.  Many people don’t have the time, energy or money to play that game.  Thereby you lose your basic understanding of the law, become a slave to the system and possibly lose your unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Maybe it’s time to drop out of this insane society and adopt a more naturalist lifestyle like the Amish.

 

The Amish have been living simply for decades, they won’t have any problem if our electricity goes out and being able to survive if the food stores stop stocking food.  How many of us are ready to sustain ourselves on our land or community.  It’s imperative that people live in harmony and learn to share for the coming times.  Be prepared for possible inconveniences due to extreme weather, economic collapse or outbreak of war and revolution.

 

I think that’s why I love living in Maine so much.  It’s so simple here.  People are not pretentious, there’s no social climbing and pretending.  The people of Maine are real and down to earth.  Willing to lend a helping hand when necessary.  Plus, Farmington and the surrounding area is filled with farmers so our food is wholesome and good.  We get duck eggs from someone in New Sharon and our fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market.

 

The simple life is what I choose, like that old Green Acres television theme song,

Green acres is the place for me. 

Farm livin’ is the life for me. 

Land spreadin’ out so far and wide 

Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside. 

 

 

 

Sitaji Devi is a Professional Astrologer and Psychic Medium in Farmington, Maine offering “life coaching” Readings.  Her website is www.Sitaji.com.  Call (207) 491-2313 or email sitajidevi@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment.

 

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Forgiveness & Rememberance

Forgiveness & Rememberance (Photo credit: alex drennan)

The only way to get free of the past is by letting it go.  Completely!  Forgiveness can change your life.

 

How many of us walk around each day with a knitted brow, thinking how others have done us wrong?  Haunted by the past.  Angry or upset.  Unable to enjoy our life fully because we can’t let go of some injustice that was done to us.  Oh sure we have other more pleasant moments too, but underneath still resentful or worse vengeful towards someone who hurt us when we were younger or just the other day.  I heard a Unity Minister once say, true forgiveness is never telling your story again.  Stop complaining and move on.  A real example of forgive and forget, as they say.  A radical concept when taken seriously.  When you allow yourself to forget your “sad story” and stop recounting it to anyone who will listen, it automatically is forgiven because you can’t remember it anymore.  It’s over.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that you condone what happened to you.  You just choose to forget about it and go on with your life.

 

Sure easy to say, but harder to do.  This may be one of the hardest lessons to learn, but once you achieve success with forgiveness, then you will be truly free to enjoy your life.  I say this from experience.  The benefits of forgiveness are huge, good for the body as well as the Soul.  There have been studies done to show the negative effects the stress of prolonged unforgiveness has on the body.  Two in particular are increased risk of heart disease and mental illness.  Those who forgive were found to generally have lower blood pressure, less anxiety and depressive symptoms and better overall health as they got older.

 

A lot of our grievances are directed at others, but, the hardest one to forgive ultimately usually is our self.  We don’t even realize how angry we actually are at ourselves.  It could be for numerous reasons, like not becoming the person we were meant to be or something we said or did to another that we feel badly about.

 

I remember when I first got exposed to the idea that forgiveness has the potential of setting a person free.  It was a number of years ago and I was in a very bad place emotionally, remembering unpleasant details about my childhood and I was listening to a tape by Caroline Myss called, “Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can” and she said that the only way to get free of the past is to forgive the person who hurt you.  I started to cry uncontrollably because at that moment I thought that I would never be able to forgive this person.  I thought I’d be doomed to this depression I was in for the rest of my life.  As it turned out though, many months later I did end up forgiving this person and I felt this amazing relief and it was like a rebirth to finally be free of my past.  I felt happier and my body got healthier as a result.  My depression went away.  I don’t know how that person is dealing with his thoughts about it, I don’t know if he’s forgiven himself, but it’s not necessary to even think about that because the true change and healing is for yourself.  We cannot change another, only ourselves.  If we don’t forgive, we’re really only hurting ourselves.  That other person probably isn’t even thinking about it anymore.

 

Even when you think you have done all the forgiving you need to do, something will turn up that needs to be addressed.  This happened to me just recently, a new piece of information came flooding back to me about my childhood and I saw more people I needed to forgive.  Our mind has a way of remembering things when we’re ready.  It’s like a spiral climbing up to the heavens, as we go higher and higher in our purification and healing process, through modalities such as meditation and all forms of therapeutic healing, our degree of awareness becomes greater.  However, as we forgive each offense, it becomes easier and easier to do.

 

The clearer we get emotionally, the more we can see and sometimes what we see is quite horrendous, but it’s necessary to look at it all and process our feelings and thoughts and realize that it’s not even real now, it’s just an unfortunate memory from the past to be released back into the nothingness that it came from.  Or at least that’s how I like to look at it.  Plus, the person who hurt you was hurting too and chose to take it out on you for one reason or another.

 

A Course In Miracles says that Only Love is Real, Everything Else is Just a Call for Love.

 

Try to look at negative life experiences as karmic lessons in this place I like to call Earth School, we all have light and dark within us, it’s part of living in duality.  We’ve had numerous lifetimes sometimes heroic, sometimes destructive, sometimes somewhere in between.  That is all part of the reincarnational journey, if you’re a Christian you can see it as the Born Again aspect of this life, to descend into the darkness of this world and find our way back to the Light, back to God.  Integrating these experiences into a balanced state of oneness is a form of spiritual alchemy and from it comes great understanding and compassion.  So forgive your enemies.  After all, you’ve probably been their enemy in a past life or even in this life you’ve most likely done something to hurt them at one time or another.  Forgiveness sets us all free.

 

You don’t have to implement my philosophy regarding the reasons to forgive.  I like to use many schools of thought and some of it may be hard to digest.  Take what works and leave the rest.  It doesn’t matter how you get to this point of understanding, it’s just important to get there.  Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself.  Making you a happier and healthier person and then the whole world gets to benefit because positive energy is life enhancing and makes the world a better place.

 

Sitaji Devi is a Professional Astrologer and Psychic Medium in Farmington, Maine offering “life coaching” Readings.  Her website is www.Sitaji.com.  Email or call sitajidevi@yahoo.com (207) 491-2313 to schedule appointments.

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