Heal with salt

We in Mumbai are really lucky to have the sea near us, never mind the fear of the tsunami. The sea is a very powerful healer. Rock salt or seawater salt is a powerful energetic purifier, used by Wise Ones for millennia to cleanse spaces, objects, and people of negativity. Salt water, so like the salinity of our own tears and blood, is also a great reminder of our primal connection to the ocean, the original mother of all life on this planet.

Rock salt has the power of neutralizing negative energy. Now you know why the 'nazar utharo' ritual utilizes salt. It can be used to 'clean' yourself and your house. You don't actually have to visit the ocean to perform this simple ritual of cleansing and renewal: adding half a cup of rock salt to your bathwater will work just as well. But if you're fortunate enough to have the seaside nearby, so much the better! Let the power of salt water - and your own intention - wash away anything you wish to release, so you can experience the sense of starting anew. Here's what you can do:

By the sea:
1. Stand in the ocean, as deep as is safe or right for you. Bring to mind any feelings or past events that you wish to release or wash away.
2. Use your hands to scoop seawater up to pour over your head. Then scoop up more water to place on your forehead, your throat, your heart center, and any other part of your body that you feel needs the loving energy of renewal. As you do all of
this, visualize the sea water, so ancient and mysterious, acting as a cleansing agent, washing away the past just as your tears help to wash away stress.
3. If weather and waves permit, you may want to totally immerse yourself in the ocean and allow the gentle rocking of the waves to soothe you. When you stand back up, give thanks for the power of the sea and allow yourself to feel a sense of beginning anew.

When having a shower
1. Prepare a large bowl of warm water with 2 tablespoons of seasalt dissolved in it, and take this with you to the shower.
2. Stand in the shower. Bring to mind any feelings or past events that you wish to release or wash away.
3. Use your hands to scoop some salt water up and gently pour it over your head. Then scoop up more water to place on your forehead, your throat, your heart center, and any other part of your body that you feel needs the loving energy of renewal, visualising it all the while as a cleansing agent.
4. You may wish to rinse off with fresh warm water.
5. When you emerge from the shower, allow yourself to feel a sense of beginning anew.

For the house
When you mop your house, add a fistful of rock salt to the water. It reduces the negativity in the house.You can also keep rock salt water in a ceramic or glass bowl and keep in an undisturbed corner of the house. Make sure you change this water everyday.

Is it ok to say no?

We all face situations where we don't want to do a particular job, but are unable to say 'no' to it. For e.g. Your boss asks you to work overtime and you have made plans for that evening. Or you have just bought a new book and your friend wants to borrow it. Or someone asks you out and you don't want to go out with that person.
If you repeatedly find yourself acquiescing or agreeing to these types of requests and feeling unhappy about it, you might want to look at some reasons why you say "yes" when you prefer to say "no".

Well, it could be that you might fear the loss of the relationship or be afraid of damaging the relationship in some way. So you end up treating the relationship as fragile and dependent on your constant compliance.
Or you, like so many people, may be feeling guilty about saying ‘no’ since you have been taught to go out of your way to avoid hurting people's feelings. So you end up feeling responsible for the other person's feelings as if their happiness depends on your agreeing. This takes away their right to be responsible for their own feelings.
Or you might be feeling you are a bad person if you refuse - selfish and self-centred. You have been taught the virtue of self-sacrifice and self-denial. So you end up being more concerned and more considerate of others than you are of yourself. The classic martyrdom syndrome.
Or you may feel flattered at being asked. It makes you feel important and you're afraid if you say no this time you'll never be asked again.
These are examples of emotional hooks that can interfere with your freedom of action.
The result of this inability often has detrimental results. We feel drained of our energy and frustration builds up internally. This has a bearing on our behaviour towards our loved ones. From a cosmic energy point of view, this inability to say "no" hampers the flow of energy in us and creates "energy blocks".
So, how does one say "no" without sounding offensive? Despite the messages many of us get when growing up about being accommodating and going out of our way for others, it is important to realize that there is something healthy about taking care of your Self. It is different from being selfish. You have a right to say "no" and feel good about it. As you attend to your own feelings and needs, you will have a lot more willingness to say "yes" at other times.

Want to try this?
Often, when we pay our bills, there is an element of reluctance and grudge while doing so. We want the service to be perfect, but when it’s time to pay the bill, all hell breaks loose. We get irritated, angry and frustrated.
Energy gyaan: This behaviour attaches a negativity to that money we are paying for the service. This negativity increases with every successive bill payment, until it assumes monstrous proportions and destroys our relation with that service. Translated, this could mean bad service, foul-tempered servicemen, faulty equipment, and what not. To avoid this, try this technique: Next time you pay your bill, write on it "Thank you for your service". And mentally be grateful for whoever has given you that service. This changes the energy pattern between you and that particular service. A better energy flow will automatically bring about more riches. Try it out.

How fast does thought travel?

Do you know what happens when a thought emerges from your mind? Where does it go, and at what speed? Do you have any control over it? Can you ensure that it reaches the person for whom you intended it?

Thought is very powerful. In fact, today, we are experiencing ‘thought pollution’ more than any other form of pollution. If our thoughts were to be pure, we would not have atmospheric pollution at all!
Have you observed a great thought at work? Take for instance, the laws of science, or the teachings of a saint, or education itself. How is it that these lessons, laws, experiments and philosophies that have been espoused eons ago by gifted people, continue to be followed centuries later? This raises the question: Can a thought be replicated?
Thoughts are like the ripples that are produced when a stone is thrown in water: they move in all directions from a common centre, just like the rays from the sun. A thought uses the fifth element known as space or ether to travel – air, fire, water and earth are the other four elements. Its intensity lessens according to the distance traversed because of the friction caused by other thought waves that come in its path. That explains the concept of ‘distraction’ wherein a random thought floating in the ether obstructs the flow of ‘your’ thought.
These thought waves have other qualities that differ from the waves on the water. They have the property of reproducing themselves – more so like sound waves. Just as a note of the violin will cause the thin glass to vibrate and ‘sing’, so will a strong thought tend to awaken similar vibrations in minds attuned to receive it.
Many of the ‘stray thoughts’ that come to us are vibrations of some strong thought sent out by someone somewhere. But unless our minds are attuned to receive it, the thought will not likely affect us.
Thoughts also set levels. That is why continuous thinking of lofty and noble thoughts make our minds acquire a certain keynote that corresponds to the character of the thoughts we have been thinking. And, this keynote once established, will enable us to catch the vibrations of other minds keyed to the same thought. On the other hand, start thinking ‘low’ and ‘base’, and you will soon be echoing the low order of thought emanating from the minds of the thousands thinking along the same lines. Telepathy or Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) deals with working with the power of thought as also working with it. Telepathy, along with psychokinesis forms the main branches of parapsychological research. It’s a fascinating subject: spare a thought to think about it!

The Blank Page

My neighbour’s kid, Manthan, has a wild imagination. Nothing surprising about that though: every six-year-old possesses one. The other day, I had a fascinating conversation with him about horses and his school bus. It started with him talking about how he travels in his school bus, about how his school friend Nirmitee beats him, and how when she does that, he summons his white horse to take him home. “I take Nirmitee also on my horse; she sits behind me,” explained Manthan. I nodded approvingly. What happens after that, I asked him. “Then my horse takes me home, clickety-click, clickety-click, and then on reaching my building, it goes up the stairs to the terrace and jumps from there back to the ground,” Manthan went on, his eyes ‘seeing’ the entire drama taking place. I was all eyes and ears. “Really?” I exclaimed. “Yes,” the tot nodded, and then went on to explain how once Shaktiman came out of the blue and rescued them all. “Whoosh! Like that!” Manthan explained, gesticulating wildly. He saw me sufficiently impressed, and decided to end his story, and ran back home.

This story is a week old now. Yesterday, I asked Manthan whether I could borrow his horse to go to my workplace. “No, no, I’ve locked it away,” he replied, and summarily dismissed any more enquiries from me. The wild imagination was nowhere in view now. Probably, like his horse, his imagination too was firmly locked somewhere in his subconscious only to be released in little bursts, and importantly when he chooses to do so.
In a way, Manthan’s mind is like a blank page. He paints whenever and whatever he wants in it, and rubs it off when he finishes enjoying it, only to paint another picture the next time he feels like. Life is simple. All he keeps ready is his blank page. That is why children are fascinating, and that is also the reason why it is important to be child-like.
You also started your life similarly, like Manthan; your mind too was a blank page once upon a time. Non-sticky, easily erasable, and leaving no marks behind. As you grew older, you started curbing your imaginations and started worrying about criticisms. Then you added a healthy dosage of social programming, peer pressure, and voila, you created a mindset that completely took you away from where you were as a child.
Your mind got blocked. Suddenly, many things didn’t seem possible, unlike Manthan who didn’t think for a moment about logic in his white horse story. You progressively became inhibited, and unable to simply let go and think of everything as impossible.Using your mind as a blank page gives you the chance to create new goals, and to reach for new heights to convert those impossibilities into possibilities. You can use it to think wild as also to erase any negative thoughts, feelings, or opinions. And you can change your blank page at any time. Remember, your God-given imagination is there for you to use to create the business and personal life you want.

Kitty Kitty Bang Bang!

  • My building maintenance contractor, A R Reddy, has two teenage sons – one is studying MBA and the other is in college. Both help out their father in handling the cement and bricks, checking out tiles, making quotations, handling labourers who at times can get quite irresponsible, and myriad other work. The elder son does all this despite a pressing schedule at his management institute. And Reddy is very proud to see his son handling both the roles with aplomb. And he has only good words and thoughts for his sons. “They see me working hard, and go out of their way to help out. I feel proud,” says Reddy.
  • Rahul Jain’s house is a veritable vortex of negative talk whenever the Indian cricket team is playing. He simply hates the team and feels it is useless regardless of the T20 win, record-holders like Tendulkar and company, etc. He claps when an Indian player gets out. Well, each one is entitled to his or her opinion. But when criticism gets venomous, it can only cause harm.

    These are not random examples. We harbour feelings – positive and negative – towards virtually everything in life. Rarely are we neutral towards anything. We wrongfully think that being human is about having an opinion and passing judgements. The point, however, is that every thought that we generate towards someone or something gets added to the energy kitty of that person/entity towards which the thought is directed.

    It is a misnomer to assume that what we think about someone will not affect that person. Energy doesn’t operate on the basis of space or time. Your thought gets ‘added’ to the fifth element – ether – where all thoughts are ‘recorded’. That is why you are advised to speak, think and hear good things (remember the three monkeys?)

    Each thought gets added to the ether and manifests itself at some point in your future. Now, whether that ‘some point’ is two minutes, two hours, two years, or even two generations, cannot be said. That’s why we hear people saying “Pichle paapon ka phal hai” (These are results of past sins).

    Reddy’s energy contribution for his son is positive. Every positive thought of his will get added to his son’s energy kitty. At the same time, it will also heal and replenish Reddy himself. In the case of Rahul, his negative talk will drain him, make him embittered, listless, and prone to only look at the negative side of every situation. Moreover, the opportunities that his country will offer him will also be limited. A sheer case of how much you give is how you much you take. And the more Rahuls there are, it is definitely not going to help the country’s cause much.

    This energy theory works on the same line as prayers. A prayer is a conscious donation of energy in lieu of a person needing it. When you say your two lines of prayer, or invest your five minutes in prayerful thought, you are essentially transferring some universal energy into that person’s life or energy kitty. The more such ‘donations’ of energy, the faster that person’s prayer request gets answered.

    So, pay attention to your thoughts and the words you utter. They play a big role in shaping your energy body.