In my head: Why is it that human beings are so self-destructive? We are biologically built for survival, yet we may cause our own demise. We hate each other, but we literally cannot function without each other. It seems that right now, humanity is at a stalemate. We are stuck between wanting to explore the unknown and solving the issues we have known about for ages. We can’t move forward, but due to technological advances and countless scientific discoveries, we cannot go back either. That being said, one question remains. How long will we be in this limbo?

Teacher: is there anything else anyone would like to add?

Me: yeah um like why are people dying its wrong and stupid imo lol

The Evolution of Spirituality: How Did We Begin?

How did we begin? Where did we come from? Where are we headed? Originally we existed in a state of perfect Oneness, meaning that nothing existed outside or apart from us. We were everything and had everything. There were no individuals, nor was there anything to perceive, as we belonged to the Infinite State, the loving inclusiveness of The Source. Then, an idea occurred within the Oneness, an idea of separation. And although this tiny idea occurred in less than a split second (a “tiny tick of time,” as A Course in Miracles states it), it nonetheless exploded into a manifestation of duality. Suddenly, what seems to us to be billions of years ago, time, space, and matter appeared to emerge, and our desire to experience something other than Oneness, Wholeness, was initiated.

The concept of the separation—the idea that we could separate from The Source and be on our own—is called “a tiny, mad idea” in A Course in Miracles, and thankfully it is a mere illusion, although it seems real. We decided collectively to experience something other than Infinite Oneness. However, The Source cannot produce or acknowledge illusion. We made it up. And we did so by entering a dream of the separated state, making time, space, matter, and separate identities an apparent reality.

Our Higher Mind is eternally at one with The Source. However, the ego-self depends entirely on projecting the notions that this world is real and that we are all separate human bodies who are at the mercy of random chaos. Yet, while we appear to be here, having this dream experience we call “life,” our Unified Self is perfectly unaffected and is joyfully extending Infinite Love in a Reality of which we are unaware while in the dream state.

We all have dreams while asleep. We experience those dreams as real. However, when we awaken, we realize very quickly that what we experienced as real isn’t real at all; it was just a dream. And oh what a relief it is when we awaken from a nightmare! Our ego experience here in this world is analogous to our sleeping dreams; when we finally “awaken” from the ego’s dream of separation, we will be absolutely overjoyed, not just temporarily, but eternally. We read in A Course in Miracles:

“Yet the Bible says that a deep sleep fell upon Adam, and nowhere is there reference to his waking up. The world has not yet experienced any comprehensive reawakening or rebirth.”

When viewed metaphorically, this statement supports the notion that Adam, who symbolizes our collective descent into the separated state, became unconscious. From that point onwards, humanity’s dream continued to unfold, and to this day there has not yet been any significant global awakening from the ego-dream. It seems that we, like Adam, undertook a mammoth journey into unconsciousness. However, just as we wake up from our sleeping dreams, so too will we eventually awaken from the dream of our illusory world to reclaim our divinity along with the endless blessings that come with it.

(Excerpt from “Take Me To Truth: Undoing the Ego” by Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira)

Even though this is a small achievement, this made me smile. I am extremely appreciative for the support and love in our community. Never underestimate the strength and determination of those willing to stand up against injustice. Let’s keep spreading positivity!

A Sikh student from New Zealand who broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car has been heralded as a hero.

Harman Singh, 22, removed his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old boy who had been struck on his way to school in Takanini, South Auckland.

Mr Singh heard the accident take place outside his home, before running outside to investigate, according to the NZ Herald.

‘I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head,’ he said.

'I wasn’t thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, “He needs something on his head because he’s bleeding”. That’s my job - to help. 'And I think anyone else would have done the same as me.’

Mr Singh and other members of the public stayed with the boy until emergency services arrived. Not long after the accident, the boy’s mother arrived. Another man, Gagan Dhillon, was on his way to work when he saw the accident and stopped to help.

He said: 'There was enough help as there was, but being a Sikh myself, I know what type of respect the turban has. People just don’t take it off - people die over it. He didn’t care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.’

Sikhism is the only religion in the world which requires its followers to tie a turban. Sikh men and women do not cut their hair and cover their heads at all times as an expression of respect to their Gurus. The Sikh turban symbolizes discipline, integrity, humility and spirituality. Turbans become a part of a Sikh’s body and are usually removed only in the privacy of their own house. Normally it is only in the most intimate of circumstances, when bathing the head, or washing the hair. 

The five-year-old was reportedly walking to school with his older sister when he was hit. He was thought to have suffered life-threatening head injuries, but last night was in a stable condition in hospital.

Since the incident occurred, Mr Singh has received thousands of messages and comments on his Facebook page.

Mr Singh, from India, is in Auckland studying a business course. He said he was overwhelmed with all the praise.

'Thousands of people have said 'well done’. I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community,’ he said.

'Thanks to all who messages, calls… thanks all the worldwide Facebook members who messaged me. I think i just did my job nothing else.’