The concept of universal love, is not one that is easy to define. On a spiritual level it speaks of unconditional love for all. Universal love is a love for your fellow man, regardless of their race, beliefs and cultural differences; Universal love is extending love, compassion, understanding, respect and tolerance to humanity as a whole.
So, how can we develop an attitude of universal love for all, when human beings are by nature a territorial and tribal species. That through necessity they have evolved to put their own individual needs and the needs of their community, country first. Our efforts at co-existence fail when we claim ‘We are all one’, ‘we are all connected’ but continue to disrespect each others ancient customs and traditions. Even though ‘we are all one’ is a great spiritual truth; people continue to focus on what is different, rather then what is the same!
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You may be wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to using positive affirmations – surely they’re just words, right? Actually, there’s a lot more to it than you may think. Before I get into a more in-depth discussion about positive affirmations and how they can change your life, I want to explain why we should use them.
You may not realise this, but ever since you were a small child, your subconscious mind has been picking up information from those around you and storing those snippets as limiting beliefs. These beliefs are more powerful if they’ve been reinforced by authority figures, such as teachers or parents. An example of this would be when, as a child, you were constantly told by your parents that ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ or perhaps your teacher told you that you were clumsy and wouldn’t amount to anything. If this kept happening, then you would start to believe those things. Even though you may have forgotten them, now you are an adult, they are still there inside your subconscious and are having negative effects on your life.
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Wisdom is not about book learning, nor is it instantly obtainable. Indeed, wisdom defies exact definition for to define it too tightly would be to curtail the breadth of its potential for self-growth. Wisdom comes with time, experience, and the willingness to maintain an open-mind about the world around us and all its people.
While wisdom accumulates over the years, it requires constant filtering to remove the prejudices and bias that we also accumulate, as well a constant reflection and a willingness to challenge one’s own beliefs and values. Confucius once said that “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”
So how can we become more wise?
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The origins of Tarot cards, who first designed them, where and when and for what purpose, remain vague and elusive; despite the many attempts through articles and books to shed light on the subject. At one time or another writers on the subject of the Tarot, have assigned the invention of the cards to a wide range of sources; such as the religious rituals and symbols of the ancient Egyptians; others suggest that they spring from the mystery cults of the Mithras in the first centuries after Christ. Still others find similarities with pagan Celtic beliefs, or with the romantic poetry of the Holy Grail, which emerged during the middle ages in Western Europe.
If we wish to base our exploration of the Tarot’s origins exclusively on factual evidence, the first documented decks of Tarot cards; those which include not only the ordinary four suits of playing cards, but also the strange images of what are now known as the Major Arcana or Tarot Trumps. Spring from the second half of the fifteenth century and were painted in Italy. There are two of these decks. One known as the Charles VI pack and the other is known as the Visconti-Sforza pack, and the truth is that we do not know much about how they came into existence.
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