Are you an outrageous dreamer?

We live in times when we can't imagine lives without emails, or the cellphone. Webcam, Global Positioning System (GPS), SMS - words and features such as these have become so commonplace. However, 15 years back, would you have ever imagined in your wildest dreams that you would be able to chat with people through the computer, that the word 'online' would become so matter-of-fact, and that being touch with total strangers across the world would become so easy? Having said that, these feats would not have been possible if those people who invented them didn't dream that such things are possible. Dreaming of things that seem impossible to achieve. So, are you an outrageous dreamer?

Life operates according to universal laws, which, if you tap into them, will transport you home like a mighty stallion. Life gives us not what we struggle for, but what we allow. You can come to the ocean with a thimble, a bucket, or a tanker, and you will take with you the volume of the container you brought.
Outrageous goals are valuable because they expand your belief system and carve wider neural pathways in your brain, by which your good may be delivered to you. Even if you do not achieve your highest goal immediately, you will attain far more than you would have if you entertained a smaller dream. "I used to shoot for the moon, and I hit the mountains; now I shoot for the stars, and I'm hitting the moon."
The only dreams worth entertaining are those that are far greater than the life we are already living. We hurt ourselves not by what we ask for, but by what we settle for.
When choosing a goal, be sure it is outrageous. If it is something you have already done, or think you may be able to do, you are thinking too small. Worthy dreams stretch us beyond our history and challenge our limits, calling us to live larger than we thought we were.
It is possible to achieve so-called impossible dreams. Remember, we use only six per cent of our brains to do all the functions that we have been doing till now. Imagine, if that becomes 10 per cent, or more. The possibilities are limitless, isn't it?

The write way

The other day, my friend Pankaj told me of his grand decision to "get back to studies". "Yaar, have to something beyond this nine-to-five rut, you know," he said. Promptly he enrolled himself for a correspondence course, bought some books, burnt the midnight oil, and sat down to write his paper. Then, the unimaginable happened. He just could not write more than 5 sentences at a time! His wrists ached, his fingers became immovable, and he got cramps in the middle of his palms. After every two minutes, he was forced to rest, massage his palms, and then attempt again. By the time, he completed two pages, the exam got over.
Pankaj's is not an isolated case: most of those who work only with computers in their offices - as is Pankaj - are facing this situation. In all fairness, the computer is an extremely convenient tool. It does away with most of the challenges that writing on paper pose - erasing, dirtiness, cancellation, wastage of paper, et al. For media personnel, the computer is a boon. Editing and writing has never been more easy. However, silently, the computer has taken its toll. Ask those who spend virtually their entire working hours staring at the monitor and they'll tell you how "drained out" they feel at the end of the day. Blame it on the radiation - that big energy-guzzler - that the computer emits. Not to speak of the damage inflicted on the bones of the fingers and wrists due to the constant banging of the keyboard.So, what do we do? Let's face it: we can't do away with the computer, it has become part of our lives. However, what we can do is to control its usage rather than it controlling us. This means restricting the number of hours we use it, using radiation protection screens, wearing protective spectacles, taking walks or at least rest after a period of continuous computer work, keeping the brightness and contrast levels low, and not gazing at the computer all 12 hours of the working day.Then comes the most important part - getting in touch with our writing skills. The computer can never replace handwriting. An email does not convey the same emotions that a handwritten letter conveys. An e-card is a distant cousin of a hand-made card. Whenever we write something, it helps the brain to register faster. The computer cannot do that. Hence, it is imperative that we don't lose touch with the art and science of writing.Moreover, writing employs the usage of the thumb and the forefinger. According to acupressure, the thumb represents the element 'fire' which in turn stands for 'thirst, hugner as also pain'. The index finger represents the element 'air' which stands for knowledge, expansion and concentration'. When the pen is held between both these fingers, the latter get massaged and in turn, it is believed that these aspects of our life get benefitted. A good technique to do this would be to consciously write every day. You could start off with half-a-page a day, then go on to a page and more after that. Please note, this exercise should be done at one shot, not piecemeal. Try diary or journal writing; it helps you get in touch with yourself and simultaneously also helps in doing this exercise. So, happy writing!

Can you read my palm?

  • "Hmmm....You will get married this year. Your hand says so."
  • "That rash streak of your head line is what has caused your problem."
  • "Saturn is heavily weighing down on you."

You are sure to hear sentences like these if you visit your friendly neighbourhood palmist. Call it nonsense or pure science, palmistry has since time immemorial, been that all-time favourite pastime. Whether it is the roadside palmist, or the "professional" one having addresses in shady hotels, or the rookie, this science has all the elements of drama, suspense and intrigue. Also, loads of fiction, if you happen to show your hand to the wrong person!
Palmistry is the best way to become famous, and to attract the opposite sex without angering them! "Oh, you can read hands? How lovely! Can you read mine?" This is one of the most-oft-heard exclamations encountered by a palmist. Be it at a wedding, a college canteen, or a picnic, people are prepared to throw open their lives in front of total strangers - all for that thrill that palmistry provides.
Undoubtedly, the interest in palmistry and the credit to simplifying it goes to Cheiro, an extraordinary palmist, astrologer and numerologist. His books are available at every roadside bookstall. Cheiro, (whose real name was Count Louis Hammon) in his book, 'Cheiro's Language of Hand' credits the science of palmistry to the ancient Hindus. He also goes on to defend palmistry and presents facts and arguments in favour of it. There are, of course, many who pooh-pooh the system. Sciences like palmistry, numerology, physiognomy, graphology, etc., find a mention in the Vedas. If there's something that dates back that long, it should be explored completely before dismissing it. And these sciences require study, practice, observation, deduction and of course, loads of patience. We have no right to dismiss something without studying it fully. I believe that in cases of wrong predictions, the palmist - not palmistry - should be blamed. Every palmist's capability is different and accordingly, so will be his/her prediction. If you happen to meet a dud, well, that's just your luck.
Explaining palmistry in a jiffy is impossible. My intention is solely to kindle your interest in these sciences because if you want to become a good therapist, knowledge of all these sciences helps a lot.
The lines on our palm - barring the main lines - keep changing with time. For instance, if you have a health issue, it will be indicated on the palm. Attend to it. The line will vanish if the ailment is healed. Your palm, your fingers, or even the shape of your hand - there are seven varieties - can tell a lot about your personality and aptitude. Palmistry helps in choosing careers, partners, employees, employers, and also the time for doing things; basically, it helps to understand people. Of course, popularity comes as a bonus.
So start off by buying one of Cheiro's books on palmistry. There are, of course, books by others too. From then onwards, it's a process of discovery. Mastering these sciences is an ongoing process: your knowledge will largely depend on how much you read on the subject, and of course, how much you practise it.

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The power of your navel

When a child is born and its umbilical cord is cut, medical science till late assumed that the importance of the navel ended there. It’s only now that stem cell research has come about and storing stem cells at birth is hugely useful in curing ailments that may spring up later in that person’s life. But spiritualists have always stressed on the navel being a hugely important centre of the body. In fact, the most important centre. And this philosophy has been stressed across different cultures.
All the regions of the body are important, but the most important and also the most abused is the navel or solar plexus. It is here that your emotions are stored (now you know why you felt a pull at your navel when you experienced a break-up or loss in a relationship). It gives us the sense of generosity, complete satisfaction and contentment. That explains why you pat your navel when you eat to your heart’s satisfaction.

The navel region or solar plexus is associated with many important organs like kidneys, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, gall bladder and liver. This is the region where digestion of our food intake takes place. In the vertebral column this relates to the lumbar region. The navel plays the most important role in development of the body from the very beginning of life even at the embryonic stage. It balances all forces and is the centre of physical gravity while sitting, standing, walking, running or in any other posture. It can be considered as centre of life and plays the most important part in the harmony of body, mind and soul.
What do you normally do when you get a stomach ache or suffer from indigestion? Pop a pill, probably. Or if the pain persists, you'd probably go to your family doctor who would give you more colourful pills, advise you to take a few tests, see a specialist and wait. In many instances the pain might vanish, but it may also return making life miserable for you.
According to ayurveda, many problems of the intestines can be solved by simply "adjusting" the nabhi (navel). The Nabhi chakra is the controlling centre for all the organs below the diaphragm. This centre shifts upward or downward if you lift heavy objects or when you experience severe gastric problems.
According to acupressurists, the upward shifting of the solar plexus leads to constipation and downward shifting leads to diarrhoea. It's important to rectify the problem immediately as it can damage the digestive track; prolonged constipation can even lead to cancer.
The easiest way of doing it is to lie down flat on the ground, hands by the side, and ask someone to check the levels of your toes. If the chakra has ‘shifted’, the toes will not be at the same level. Ask your partner to ‘pull up’ the toe that appears shorter, so that both are back at the same level. While doing so, you will feel a tug at your navel. This simple exercise if done everyday can cure most ailments related to the abdominal region. It will also help you to remain ‘balanced’ in life.

Do you know your threshold limit?

If you have operated a digital camera, you will be familiar with the zoom control. When you operate this lever, the LCD screen on the back of the camera displays the zoom panel - a little white bar that shows the wide angle and telephoto zoom levels. There is also a vertical line inside this bar that indicates the extent to which you can zoom. If you zoom beyond this white line, the image will pixelate, you are advised. In other words, you are told not to cross the threshold limit. Energy also functions on the same principle. Whenever you generate energy, make sure you know its threshold limit.

There is a threshold limit to everything – love, money, patience (that we know!), anger, etc. – basically, every form in which energy manifests itself. For instance, you may love someone immensely, but you need to know that too much or too little love can get suffocating. This suffocation is the ‘pixelation’ of that energy. Similarly, when you cook a dish, there is a threshold limit to the amount of time you can keep it on the gas. Heat it more than it should, and you get a burnt dish. Just the way a digital camera produces good images if you take cognisance of the pixelation limits, energy gets generated well if you know where to draw the line.
The threshold limits in energy may differ according to the situation and the person concerned. For instance, a close friend may offer a higher threshold limit than a stranger. At the same time, if that close friend is angry, your threshold limit reduces. When you call up a friend at 2 am, you wonder whether you are crossing your threshold limit. With a stranger, you may not call at all. That’s again a case of threshold limits.
The intuitive judging of this limit is an important lesson in the art of energy management because the crossing of limits has a destructive impact - just the way your pressure cooker bursts if it is heated beyond its threshold limit. Or the way your car veers out of control if you speed it beyond its threshold limit.
Relationships, particularly, often break down because both parties do not understand this principle. Knowing when to stop demanding space and at the same time when to claim your space is the formula to having a successful relationship. It is an intuitive process, but one that is necessary to keep in mind and master if you want your relationship to survive.So, the next time you plan to generate energy in any form – be it taking up a new job, or a course, or starting a relationship, or joining a gym, keep in mind the threshold limit – like that little white line on the zoom bar of the digital camera. And intuitively figure out what the threshold limit of that particular activity would be. If you do happen to cross that limit, the world won’t come crashing down, but yes, you will get a bad picture.

Maintaining your energy audit

It is the greatest folly to think that we can live without anybody’s help. For you, just this act of reading this column requires you to be grateful to a number of people – my computer, the makers of the computer, the electricity, the wires, the printer, this newspaper, and a host of other nameless beings, apart from your body organs that help you read, your house, your newspaper vendor, etc. The fact is that we can never exist alone: we are interdependent. We are dependent on multiple forces to help us live.

Having said that, it is impossible to keep a track of who has helped you, and who you have helped during the day. When you take a favour from someone, you are in essence taking energy from that person. Similarly, when you help someone, you are donating energy to that person. In other words, this constant giving and taking of energy takes place throughout the day. But if you were to create a balance sheet to monitor this debit and credit of energy, it would be highly impossible to do so because firstly, it cannot be quantified, and secondly, the seamless flow of energy prevents us from maintaining any kind of account.

It can therefore happen that you end up taking more energy than you have given. This leads to an imbalance in energy. However, since the universe always exists in a state of balance, it has its own ways of correcting these imbalances. Which is why the age-old wisdom of ‘keeping only those things that are yours’ makes a lot of sense. What is not yours will be automatically taken away from you. That’s the universal principle in action.

A technique to voluntarily correct energy imbalances is by donation. Normally, we associate donation only in terms of money. But that need not be the case. Donation can be through hugs, paying compliments, saying thank you, giving time, service, giving a gift, prayer, etc. A good technique would be to assign a task for yourself to donate energy in any of these forms constantly throughout the day. A good question to ask yourself would be – ‘what has been my contribution today?’

Donation is voluntary giving away of energy. When you do that, you are consciously creating a situation whereby there is a positive energy imbalance which means that the energy you have donated is more than the energy you have received. This imbalance will prompt the universe to fill up that energy vacuum.

In other words, the more you donate consciously, the more the universe will give you. ‘Tum ek paisa doge, woh dus lakh dega’ – that Hindi song made so famous by beggars, now sounds logical, doesn’t it? Well, it works on this principle.