BY STAN KONTOS
Over the years, I have always endeavoured to work things out by learning from others then reflecting/thinking and innovating to work out a way to do it faster, better, more productively, whilst still enjoy the important things in life that we all treasure (friendships, relaxation, travel, family, and hobbies).
Throughout the many experiences of life that we all go through, there is one thing I am certain of and it is this: we are all on a spiritual journey whether we realise it or not. That’s right – all of us are growing, changing, discovering, as we travel on our unique path of discovering both who we are (identity) and what we are here (purpose) for personal enlightenment. So what is this enlightenment? Enlightenment is simply understanding or awareness. Whilst it is a totally different pathway for each of us, there are certain characteristics which are universal – the attainment of happiness, peace, and the expression of enjoyable emotions such as gratitude and love are all a part of this enlightenment process.
As we all travel on the pathway to self-actualisation, we all find vehicles that assist us. Sometimes we refer them to spiritual practices (such as yoga) and other times we refer them to religions (such as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam). Having studied many many practices and religions over many decades, my discovery (and science is now acknowledging) that this world is not a series of coincidences but a creation by a higher power or a divine spiritual being which I and many of us call God. The one key thing about this amazing divine spiritual being is that it is love – every time we experience love we are connecting with the power that is the creator of life. Now I don’t mean infatuation as that is a totally different chemical process (linked to Oxytocin release in the brain amongst other things) – rather love is a selfless expression of kindness and joy toward mankind, animals, and our Earth.
I know we have all experienced this “connection” with the “higher power” at times for we all remember periods of incredible peace, amazing love, and unexplainable bliss. And after we experience it, we begin to wonder how we can experience that again – it may have come whilst doing a selfless act of kindness toward someone, or while we were riding a bicycle through the hills, or whilst we were nodding off on the beach or straight after a love making session with our life partner, or during a meditation or of course the most common way after discovering how to pray.
But whatever it was that caused it, we become intrigued into how we can enter that “special place” again.
My encouragement in this month’s words of inspiration is for you to keep seeking this place of inner peace, love and bliss and I am sure inevitably you will find. But don’t seek with a closed mind as you will never encounter this divine spirit this way. It is like wanting to create wealth through property but not wanting to go to a property course because it costs too much or not finding a mentor because you don’t have the time or not entering the market because you’re scared that interest rates may rise – all these are excuses and will never help you attain your goal.
So it is with your discovery of understanding or awareness. Never discount asking someone who has discovered this enlightenment how they did it, never discount the power of seeking the truth.
Once you develop your pathway to awareness and are able to enter it at will (I can enter my special place at will within a few minutes of prayer), you will discover a new perspective on everything – that there is a divine spiritual being that loves you unconditionally and that wants the very best for you always. And every time you stay in contact with this state of inner love, happiness and bliss, that things seem to go better, life is more intensely enjoyable, and that you can handle the challenges of life much better.
When you see a person who is happy, who is kind, and who seems to always be doing good to others, that is your key indicator that that person has discovered something special – perhaps ask him or her why they are so positive and you will discover that they have found a way to inner spiritual development that has now given them the inner strength to improve their outer circumstances. It is not the outer circumstances that have made them happy but rather their inner world has been discovered which then has improved their outer circumstances of life.
Education with inspiration is also an important part of our spiritual development hence I encourage you to come along to Breakfast at the Next Level .Our next breakfast is on May 4th where I will be talking with Jeremy Cordeaux on success and happiness. We always aim to bring you the very best in knowledge, inspiration and networking. Click here to secure your seat.
Go forth and work on discovering your inner world as with this higher power, your outer world improves.
You’ll find all long term successful people have peace, happiness, growth, gratitude, and contribution as their key drivers in life.
Live with passion, purpose and always be at peace,
His areas of passion include:
- Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
- Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
- Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
- Leadership Development
- Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment
Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.
Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.
Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.