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The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Written By: ruchi - Jul• 29•17
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

I recently got an opportunity to listen to the audio book – The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I really liked it and for my own benefit I wrote down some notes. So here they are:

Universe is tuned to your thoughts. You are the masterpiece of your life. Everything around you – people, things or events, you have attracted them yourself. We all do it by default.

Best way to attract something is to change our thoughts. We think about sixty thousand thoughts a day. So that looks like a lot of work but it’s not. There is an easy way and that is through our feelings. Thoughts cause feelings. We know the bad feeling from the good feeling. Bad feeling is bad frequency. Good feelings make you feel good. When you celebrate good feelings, that’s what you will attract. If you are feeling good, you are creating a future that is on a good path. If you live in worry and fear it is going to bring more of that in your life. You get what you are feeling. A little shift in the emotion can change your life completely.

Feel healthy, feel prosperous and feel that love is surrounding you even if it is not there. The universe will correspond to the thoughts of your soul and manifest. Whatever you focus on and feel, that’s what you attract. Shift your awareness. It is really important that you feel good because then universe will give you more to feel good.

If you are not feeling good, change that emotion by playing music, thinking of someone you love, smiling for no reason and you will start feeling good. That’s how you can deliberately create your life by using The Secret.

You must have read the story of the Aladdin and the Lamp. Aladdin picks up the lamp, dusts it off and out pops the Genie. Genie always says, “Your wish is my command”. Apply it to you. Universe is the Genie, the God, the higher self. You are the Aladdin.

The creative process of law of attraction:

  1. Ask: Decide what you want and let the universe know. Sit down and write it in present tense. Just place your order from the catalog of the universe.
  2. Believe: Believe that it’s already yours. The unwavering faith. The universe will start to rearrange itself to make it happen. We get impatient in the wait and start to doubt it and get disappointed. Recognize the feeling of disappointment and replace it with the unwavering belief that you will get it. Just like you don’t doubt that you won’t get the food you ordered at a restaurant.
  3. Receive: Believe that you already have it and start feeling it and acting like it. You need to feel what you believe in.

The point is to generate the feeling that you have it right now and that will start the creative process. You got to pay attention to what you are attracted to because that will also be attracted to you. The universe likes speed. When there is an intuitive nudge, act fast. Don’t doubt it and don’t wait to understand the complete path. Start the journey by just knowing the first 200 feet. The next 200 feet will unfold next, and then the next 200 feet and you can slowly go along.

How long will it take? Depends on how you are aligned to the universe. Universe does everything effortlessly. Small and big desires don’t matter. You provide the feeling and universe will respond. You can start with a small thing if you want but it really does not matter.

How do you turn your life around?

  1. Start writing the things you are grateful for. When you appreciate someone, they want to do the same thing again. Same is true for the universe. I feel the gratitude as I am doing my chores, really feel it. One way is to keep a rock in your pocket and whenever you touch it, go through the things that you are grateful for. Develop and attitude for gratitude. Be grateful for what you have – food, family, sunshine, money, health etc. Write down what you are grateful for and read it often.
  2. Write down what you want and keep it with you all the time. Read it every day in the morning and in the evening and many times more.
  3. Visualization is a powerful approach. When you visualize, you materialize. Mind cannot distinguish whether it is actually happening or you are just practicing it. Add some motion in your visualization because static pictures are hard to visualize. Imagine that something is happening in your visualization. If you are there in your mind, you will go there with your body. It’s the feeling that creates attraction. This is where secret turns into action.

Don’t worry about ‘How’. How is the domain of the universe. Universe reorganizes itself to fulfill your desires. Do it daily and feel exhilarated with the process. Never do it as a chore. Use law of attraction all the time. Imagination is the preview of what’s coming. When you have an inspired thought, trust it and act on it.

How can I get more money?
Believe that you have enough money and feel good about it. If you say you can’t afford it, that’s what you will get. If you want abundance, focus on abundance. Say, money comes easy. Don’t ask for money only. Ask for wealth. Ask for the inner joy first and then go for the outer things like money.

Give some money to people in need. Do it happily. Feeling of sacrifice does not work because you don’t feel good about yourself.

Spend like you have enough money. The vibration you send to the universe is that you have enough. So you attract even more. When you look at stuff you want to buy, say that you can afford it. This will make you secure about money and the universe will return the favor.

Make sure actions are mirroring what you want. No contradictions. Act as if you already got it.

Relationships
Love yourself first. Attend to your joys first. Then you are a joy to be around. Then you are on a frequency that attracts people of the same frequency. If you feel bad about yourself you will attract more things and events that will make you feel bad.

Treat yourself as you expect others to treat you. Then you will feel abundant. Fall in love with yourself. Have a healthy respect for yourself.

We are always complaining about others but for relationships to work we need to focus on what we appreciate about them and that’s what you would get back. Turn a relationship around by writing down all the things you appreciate about them and read it every day.

Many times you expect others to make you happy but that does not work. Only you can control your happiness. Love everything and everyone and the universe will send more things you love.

Your actions shouldn’t contradict your desire. Focus on your qualities and universe will send more good things you like about you. Love and gratitude can dissolve any negativity in your life.

Health
Our body is the product of our thoughts. Medical science has proven how our thoughts affect our body. The placebo effect is one proof. Mind is the biggest factor in healing.

Universe is an abundance of good health, healing, good wealth and good nature. If you open yourself to the universe you get that in your life.

Stress is the main reason of all diseases. Illness is the manifestation of one’s negative thoughts. Stress is the worst thing when you have any illness.

Immune system is supposed to heal the body if you are in good emotional state. Laughter can dissolve any disease. It is the best medicine. Healing through mind can work harmoniously with medicine. Tell the universe, “Thank you for my healing”. Watch a lot of comedy shows that make you laugh or smile.

Our cells die and generate in our body all the time. If you really think about it, within a few years, you have a completely new body. So the illness can be removed with continuous positive thinking.

If you have a disease and you are talking about it all the time, it attracts more illness. If you listen to others illness, you again attract more illness. If someone is talking about their illness, be empathetic, do whatever you can to help and change the subject. Don’t dwell on it for a long time.

Happier thoughts lead to happier biochemistry and generate happier bodies. It dissolves illness. Our bodies are being regenerated continuously. Remove physiological stress and body will do what it is supposed to do.

What you resist, you attract. Resistance is like saying I don’t want this and of course universe sends more of it back. Instead say what you want and the universe will send more of that.

Secret to the world
Anything you focus on, you create. If you are anti-war, be pro-peace. You cannot help the world by highlighting negative things. Instead focus on peace, education, food and love. Choose from the catalog of the universe. Don’t spend your energy on things that are not working. Praise and bless everything in life, even your enemies.

Focus on what you want not what you don’t want. Stay informed but don’t be inundated by it. Energy flows where attention goes. It’s your job to celebrate the world. Universe offers everything to everyone. There is an unlimited supply. There is more than enough to go around.

The secret to you
You are energy. Everything is energy. Universe, galaxy, planet, individual, organs, cells, molecules and atoms, all are energy. There are a lot of physical levels but at the most basic level you are an energy field, which can probably illuminate the whole city for one week.

Ask quantum physicist what creates the world. The reply is energy. What is energy? It is neither created nor destroyed. It always exists.

Ask theologians what created the universe. Answer is god. What is god? It is always there. It cannot be created or destroyed.
Both give the same answer with different words.

There is just one energy field. We are all connected. We are distracted by our body. That just holds your spirit. You are a source of energy, which is eternal. We are an infinite field of unlimited potential. Every great tradition has told you that you have infinite potential to create anything you want.

Law of attraction is that you can begin to create feeling of harmony. You can break yourself free from social code, cultural things. But how?

Quantum physics and secret teachings are exactly the same. You vibrate energy. Energy vibrates at a frequency. Different thoughts vibrate at different frequency and attract the same frequency. You are an energy magnate. Energy can never be created or destroyed. It can only change form. So you have been always there. You are eternal energy. We are the creators of the universe. There is no limit to the human potential.

Every possibility already exists in the universe. Our mind just has to draw on it. Look around for needs waiting to be filled. Imagine fulfilling it. There is an unlimited supply of ideas to be tapped into. Everything in the universe is connected as one energy field. We are all one. That’s why your negative thoughts hurt you back because we are all one. We think of ourselves as separate. We think there is not enough for everyone so we compete. And we are competing against ourselves and we lose.

Law of attraction is the law of supply. Whenever you receive anything, you attracted it because you were tuned in to that frequency. If you look back at your life and see unfortunate things, you attract more of that. Whatever you say after ‘I am not’ or ‘I am’ is what you get back from the universe.
How do you become more aware of your thoughts? When your mind wanders, bring your thoughts to now. What am I thinking? Remember to remember.

The secret to life
Nobody told you the purpose of your life. So your purpose is what you say it is. Erase everything from the past that does not serve you and be grateful to a new beginning. You are the only one who can create a life you deserve.

The primary aim is to experience joy. If isn’t fun, don’t do it. I want to constantly put myself in the state of joy and then I create the intention of what I want and that will manifest. You will attract joy because you are radiating joy. Enjoy life. It is a magnificent trip. Let go of all thoughts of limitations and we will experience the magnificence of the human kind. The secret is within you. The more you use it the more you draw it towards you. You are the creator of your destiny. You are the master of the universe.

The 7 Spiritual Laws Of Success by Deepak Chopra

Written By: ruchi - Jul• 23•17
7 Spiritual Laws Of Success by Deepak Chopra

I recently got an opportunity to listen to the audio book – The 7 Spiritual Laws Of Success by the famous author, speaker, doctor, spiritual leader Deepak Chopra. To be honest, it was really hard to understand but whatever I understood, I really liked. So I listened to it again and again and again till the time I understood most of it. I must say that the exercise was worthwhile so I thought may be I can summarize it for those, who don’t have that much time and hence this summary.

1. The Law of Pure Potentiality

Our essential nature is one of pure potentiality. Once you know who you really are, you can fulfill any of your dreams. Ego is your own self-image. Ego is not who we really are. Ego is a social mask that needs approval, that wants power and that wants to control. Since approval, power and control need external objects like title, money and status, we have a constant fear of losing it.

Your true self is free from the external objects of the world. It is completely free of any fear. It recognizes that everyone is same in different disguises. It feels respect for everyone and feels below none. Self-power is permanent. It draws people to you, it draws things that you want, it develops in such a way that people, things and circumstances are drawn to you to support whatever you want.

How to apply the law of pure potentiality:

  • Take the time to be silent. Sit alone in meditation for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. Don’t speak, read, watch TV or listen to the music. Do not engage with the external world at all during this time. Simply be.
  • Regularly spend time in communing with the nature – stream, forest, lake, mountain, sea shore etc. The more tuned in you are with nature, the more you have access to nature’s abundance. By communing with nature you will receive unbounded creative thoughts.
  • Practice non judgement. When you constantly analyze people and things, you create inner turbulence. Inner silence connects you to your pure potentiality. Start your day by praying that you will be non-judgmental today.
2. The Law of Giving and Receiving

Universe operates through a dynamic exchange of energy. Nothing is static. Your body and mind are constantly interacting and exchanging with the universe. If you stop the exchange of energy it will stagnate and strangulate.

Affluence means the flow of abundance. In reality giving and receiving are the same thing. What goes out must come back. The best thing is to keep it circulating. Any time you come in contact with any one, give them something – love, flower, affection, respect, blessing, and even materialistic things. The more you give, the more you will experience receiving.

How to apply the law of giving and receiving:

  • Wherever you go, whomsoever you meet, bear a gift for them, be it a flower, a compliment, a prayer or something materialistic. This will start the process of circulating the wealth and affluence in your life and in the life of others.
  • Gratefully receive the gifts of life like the sunshine, the singing of birds, the spring showers etc. Also be open to receiving gifts from others.
  • Keep wealth circulating in life by receiving and circulating the most precious gifts like caring, joy laughter, appreciation and love.
3. The Law of Karma

We have access to infinite choices. We make a conscious choice every moment. Whatever is happening right now is because of what we did in the past. Getting offended or flattered on someone’s remark is our own choice. We have become a bundle of reflexes for every situation because of our past experiences.

If we step back and witness the choices, look at their consequences, check if it will bring happiness to us and people around us, we will know which is the correct choice. When you are making a choice if the body is sending a message of comfort, it’s the right choice otherwise not.

Life is a continuum of choices. The future is generated by the choices you make today. Make every single choice a conscious one. Every action is karma. Karma becomes memory. Memory creates desire. Your soul is nothing but a bundle of consciousness that is full of memory and desires from past karmas.

What can you do for past karmas:

  • Pay karmic debts – No debt in the universe gets unpaid. There is a perfect accounting in cosmos. You have to pay the debt mostly unconsciously.
  • Transform your karma – As you are paying your debt, think what you can learn from it. Think that how you can make this experience useful to others. Think about the message that the universe is giving to you and spread that message.
  • Transcend Karma – Wash your karma. Become completely independent of it. By meditating you can become a conscious choice maker and learn to take actions that are evolutionary for you and for the people around you and that will generate happiness and success.

How to apply the law of karma:

  • Witness the choice you make every moment.
  • Whenever making a choice, think of its consequences and whether it will bring happiness.
  • Ask your heart for the guidance.
4. The Law of Least Effort

Do less and accomplish more. Nature makes least effort. Flowers just bloom, birds just fly, earth just spins, babies are in bliss, sun always shines, and humans manifest their dreams.

There are 3 components to this law:

  • Acceptance: Accept situations as they occur. This moment is as it should be. The whole universe is as it should be. When you are struggling against the moment, you are struggling against the universe. Accept things as they are, not as you wish them to be.
  • Responsibility: Take responsibility. Don’t blame anyone including yourself for your situation.
  • Defenselessness: Relinquish the need to persuade others to accept your point of view. People spend 99% of their time in defending their point of view. Anytime you meet the resistance, be flexible. Remain open to all point of views.
  • If you do all 3, the life will flow effortlessly. Your desires will flow with nature’s desires and they will manifest when the time is right.

    Applying the law of Least Effort:

    • Practice acceptance. Accept people, circumstances and things as they are.
    • Take responsibility for the moment. Not blaming anyone for your situation including yourself. Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.
    • Do not persuade others to accept your point of view. Remain open to all points of views and not be rigidly attached to anyone of them.
5. The Law of Intention and Desire

Energy and information exist everywhere in the nature. Whole universe is the movement of energy and information. You and the tree are made of the same carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen etc. You are constantly changing carbon and oxygen with each other. The real difference is the energy and the information content.

Your body is not separate from the body of the universe. You are a wiggle, a tide, a localized disturbance in the larger quantum field. Universe is your extended body. By changing the information content of your own body, you can change the universe. Human consciousness is infinitely flexible because of the wonderful nervous system which can consciously change the energy and informational content of your own body and by that you can influence the energy and information of your extended body and cause things to manifest.

This conscious change is brought about by two qualities inherent in consciousness – Attention and Intention.

Attention energizes. Whatever you place your attention on, will grow stronger. Whatever you remove attention from, will wither.

Intention triggers transformation. Intention is the real power behind desire without the attachment to the outcome. Intention on the fertile ground of attention can organize anything in nature. As long as you do not violate the other laws of nature, through your intent, you can literally command the laws of nature to fulfill your dreams and desires. You can literally put the cosmic computer with infinite organizing power to work for you. The only caution is that you use your intent for the benefit of mankind and that happens automatically if you follow the seven laws.

Obstacles disappear when you learn to harness your intention using the following five steps:

  • Go into silence. Level of being.
  • Release your intentions and desires.
  • Don’t look at yourself from the eyes of the world. Don’t be influenced by external criticism.
  • Relinquish your attachment to the outcome.
  • Let the universe handle the details.

How to apply the law of Intention and Desire:

  • Make a list of all your desires and carry the list everywhere. Look at this list before meditation, before sleeping and after waking up.
  • Release the list of desires to the womb of creation, trusting that if things don’t go your way, there is a reason and cosmos has grander plan for you.
  • Remain established and not deter by the opinions of the world.
6. The Law of Detachment

Relinquish your attachment to the result. Attachment comes from poverty consciousness. Chasing materialistic things create anxiety. People are constantly looking for security and never find it. Attachment with money gives insecurity. Search for security is an illusion. It is attachment to the known. Known is past experience. It is stagnant.

Uncertainty gives freedom. It is the fertile ground for pure creativity. It is the field of all possibilities. Step into the unknown and every moment of your life will have adventure and excitement. When you experience uncertainty, you are on the right path. You don’t need to know what is going to happen next. Certainty makes you rigid and a lot of possibilities/opportunities are lost.

Every single problem in your life is the seed for a new opportunity, a greater benefit. Stay alert to the opportunities by staying grounded to the wisdom of uncertainty.

How to apply the Law of Detachment:

  • Commit yourself to detachment.
  • Factor in uncertainties. The more uncertain things seem to be, the more secure you are.
  • Remain open to infinite choices and enjoy the outcome. Experience all the fun and mystery of life.
7. The Law of Dharma

Dharma means the purpose of life. We have taken this human form to serve a purpose. There is something that each one of us can do and express better than the whole world. Expressing your talent to fulfill the needs will create abundance. Ask yourself how you can serve the humanity. What is the unique talent you have?

When you combine your talent with the intention to serve human being, you achieve abundance. If you had all the time and money you need, what will you do? That answer is your Dharma.

How to apply the law of dharma:

  • Spend time in silence. 30 minutes in morning and 30 minutes in the evening. Just listen and the world will freely offer itself to you.
  • Make a list of three unique talents of yours. Express your talent and it will bring abundance.
  • Ask, how can I serve and help.
By following all the 7 laws you can manifest everything you want. There is a natural sequence to use these laws.

Law of pure potentiality is experienced by experiencing silence and communing with the nature.
It is activated by the law of giving, give what you seek.
This activates good karma.
This makes everything easy and leads to the law of least effort.
When everything is easy you understand law of intention and desire.
And detachment leads to the law of dharma.

My Class 12 Result

Written By: ruchi - May• 31•17
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I was always the brightest student of my class growing up in Rishikesh. Since my father and brother, both graduated from IIT Roorkee, I too appeared in the entrance exam for IIT Roorkee along with my UP Board class 12 exams.

The results of the entrance exam came before IIT and I was selected. We all celebrated and eagerly started waiting for the class 12 results. At that time the results used to get declared in a separate newspaper and a very few copies of it used to get printed. The newspaper hawker used to go around showing the same newspaper to everyone in his territory and collected 5 rupees from everyone who passed and 10 rupees for a first class.
On the day of the results, the newspaper guy came to our house and showed us the newspaper. My mother and I started scanning the paper for my roll number but it was nowhere to be found. We scanned again and nothing. The newspaper guy was getting impatient because he knew he is not getting any money from this house. We were in shock. We started scanning again and suddenly my mother noticed a separate column where the top 10 students were listed and my name was third from the top. We were ecstatic. That was probably the first time when I experienced the tears of joy. The newspaper guy collected a much bigger amount and we were way too happy to oblige in any case.
I am still getting goosebumps as I am writing this years later. In 10 minutes period we had gone from expecting a first-class to failed to topped. It was scary for sure but made a great story for grandchildren, I must say.

Retirement, The Golden Time

Written By: ruchi - Apr• 01•17
Retirement, The Golden Time

Almost every working person near the retirement age today, says that they want to extend their retirement because they can’t think of themselves sitting at home and doing nothing. While it’s a noble thought, it is slightly misdirected IMHO.

We all agree that today our working life drains us completely because we have no time for ourselves, specially in a big city. We forcefully pull ourselves out of the bed in the morning, skip breakfast, spend the whole day firefighting business issues, eat lunch at odd hours, curse the system for our miseries, wade through the traffic howling at others, reach home in a bad mood, hurriedly eat dinner, finish that one last email and crash. We are not happy but we continue working because we need that money at the end of the month and there is nothing wrong with it.
However, if we are cautious and disciplined, most of us save enough money to live our life comfortably after retirement. So why would we still want to continue working even though it makes us miserable and tired? Because, we were taught to study hard the first 25 years of our life, we were taught to earn a living for the next 35 years but nobody has told us what to do for the next 30 odd years after retirement. We are completely clueless and the thought of our empty schedule scares us immensely.
But, if you really think about it, retirement is the best time of our lives. We are done with most of our responsibilities, we have saved up enough money, we now have time for ourselves and the best part is that we are still energetic.
So, embrace this change. Hug your family members without any reason, listen to them – they are actually wonderful people, call the neighbors over for tea, teach the needy children, enjoy the fragrance of the first rain with fresh pakoras, play with the kids, revive that long forgotten hobby, travel as much as you can with an open schedule, take care of your physical and mental health, do some gardening, dance to the Bollywood tunes, take your time and enjoy the daily chores, the list goes on and on.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy and spread happiness and after retirement we actually have time to do it; make the best use of it.

10 Reasons To Revive Your Cooking Skills

Written By: ruchi - Dec• 30•16
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Have you noticed these days that most well-to-do people in urban areas don’t cook for themselves? They either have a part time cook or they go out to eat or they order in. The number of people, who call themselves foodies, is increasing but these foodies only like to eat, not cook. It’s sad that cooking is fast becoming a profession, just a means to earn money.

I strongly believe in the power of cooking at home and here are my reasons:
1. It’s healthy. The reason outside food is more tasty is because it’s laced with fat and spices, which may not always be healthy. When you are cooking yourself, you can always moderate the fat and spices as per the health conditions of the family members.
2. It’s economical. There is no doubt about it that the same plate of kadhi/chawal that you get outside for Rs. 100, can be made at home for less than Rs. 25.
3. It’s more hygienic. You know that the person, who is making the food in not coughing over it, you know the ingredients are fresh, you know that the kitchen is not cockroach infested because you are doing it yourself.
4. It has better vibrations. Spirituality tells us that cooking food with good thoughts has better food value. Anyone cooking for money may not always have good thoughts while cooking and they may not even care about it.
5. Cooking skill is a boon when you are at a place, where the food of your choice is not available. For example in some remote areas or in a foreign country.
6. It unleashes your creativity. There are no set rules in cooking. You can make little changes and serve a totally different meal from the same ingredients. For example you could convert the leftover paranthas into kathi rolls and your family will love the variety.
7. Cooking can get you a lot of compliments. As they say, a man’s heart goes through his stomach.
8. To some people, it’s a therapy. They love to serve good food to others. It gives them satisfaction. It also takes their minds off from some of the issues that they may be facing in their life.
9. Cooking can be a great activity for bonding with friends and family. People remember personally made food for ages.
10. It’s a great way to show your family that you care.
I am not saying that you must cook all the time no matter what. Don’t kill yourself just to find time for cooking but yes, if you want a healthy and happy family, serving them home cooked meal is a great idea.