Open heart, open mind
I trust you all had a good week and found the time to do some reading. This is encouraged as you definitely possess a very useful tool in your quest to reach inner peace.
The habit of good reading has the potential to create a window that
may allow you to peep on the other side of reality.
Why do you not possess inner peace as you possess two hands and feet? Well, the answer is simple. You are born out of nature and nature is designed to evolve and evolve; it needs to select and be selected; you have to fight and that is why you are so good at war.
You are not simply alive but you have an innate unconscious and powerful desire to live. Once you have a child, another innate powerful desire kicks in, that of protecting your offspring.
Being a highly intelligent species you have decided that you do not simply want to live but you want to live comfortably. This could potentially shoot you into a frenzy to achieve this comfort even at the expense of others.
This is the beginning of the war for comfort. You start with an internal battle as you struggle to push yourself to reach comfort. You then move on to the next battle with the ones that try to stop you from achieving this comfort.
All this makes perfect sense if you are absolutely sure that life stops when you die. In that case you need to do your best to get the most of this earthly pleasure. I dare you stop and think. Are you absolutely and positively sure that everything ends here on this earth?
I am not so sure and this is a great enough reason to break this war and take a few moments to open that window and have a peep on the other side of reality. When you open that window you will find a fresh breeze and one day you might wake up and realise that life was all a dream.
Before I leave you, let me share with you a view from my window. I was born a Christian and I feel lucky. I also feel lucky that I can learn from other religions as I find they are all, without exception, a wealth of great knowledge. One person I saw recently on the other side is the Dalai Lama, and this is what I heard him say:
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
In my next letter I will try to reveal some scientific evidence for the interplay of peace and health. I wish you all an open heart and an open mind.
Kevin Schembri is a cardiothoracic surgeon